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We have put our efforts in ensuring that Netkit could work flawlessly on most Linux distributions. However, in the presence of some particular configurations, Netkit may exhibit malfunctions or be unable to start. Based on our tests and on precious reports by Netkit users, we maintain the following compatibility list.

We encourage users who are experiencing trouble with Netkit to report their issues, so that we can attempt to provide a fix and thus enrich the compatibility list. Reports of any successful experience with Netkit are of course likewise appreciated!

Before reporting any problem, please have a look at the list below and check whether there already exist remedies for the distribution under consideration or support for it is simply broken at present.

The status is classified by distribution, as follows:

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Debian GNU/Linux

Report Date Host Distribution Netkit Release Status
Version Kernel
2011/05/04 Debian 6.0 "squeeze/sid" (unstable) Custom compiled 2.6.32.7 2.8, F5.2, K2.8 Functional.
2007/11/27 Debian "lenny" Custom compiled 2.6.16.16 2.5, F3.0, K2.4 Functional.
2007/11/09 Debian "etch" 2.6.18-4-686 2.4, F3.0a, K2.3 Functional.
N/A N/A 2.6.18-3-686 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.
N/A 3.1 (testing) 2.6.15-rc5 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.
N/A 3.1 2.6.13.1 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.
N/A 3.1r0a (testing, "Etch") 2.6.12.3 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.
N/A 3.1 (unstable) 2.6.10-1 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.


Ubuntu

Report Date Host Distribution Netkit Release Status
Version Kernel
2011/05/04 11.04 (32 and 64 bits) 2.6.38-8-generic 2.8, F5.2, K2.8 Functional.
2011/05/04 10.10 (32 and 64 bits) 2.6.35-22-generic 2.8, F5.2, K2.8 Functional.
2007/11/23 7.04 2.6.20-16-generic 2.5, F3.0, K2.4 Functional.
2007/05/21 7.04 N/A 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 The default configuration does not work because /bin/sh is a symlink to /bin/dash. Possible workarounds:
  • change the default shell to /bin/bash; as root:
 update-alternatives --install /bin/sh sh /bin/bash 1
 update-alternatives --config sh;
  • link /bin/sh to /bin/bash; as root:
 ln -fs /bin/bash /bin/sh;
  • replace every occurrence of #!/bin/sh in the Netkit scripts with #!/bin/bash.
N/A 6.10 (Edgy Eft) N/A 2.4, F2.2, K2.2
N/A 5.04 2.6.10-5 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.

Fedora

Report Date Host Distribution Netkit Release Status
Version Kernel
2007/11/27 Core 7 2.6.22.4-65.fc7 2.5, F3.0, K2.4 Functional.
2007/11/09 Core 6 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6 2.4, F3.0a, K2.3 Functional.
2007/06/06 Core 7 2.6.21-1.3194-fc7 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Broken. Virtual machines crash with no messages.
N/A Core 4 N/A 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Randomized relocation of the Virtual Dynamic Shared Object provided by the host kernel breaks Netkit. A workaround is to disable VDSO:
 echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/vdso.
N/A Core 2 2.6.12-rc1 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.
N/A Core 2 2.6.12-rc1, SKAS patched 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Using terminal emulators different from xterm may not work. Crashing machines may require using the -k option of vcrash.


Gentoo Linux

Report Date Host Distribution Netkit Release Status
Version Kernel
2007/11/27 Gentoo 2.6.20-gentoo-r8 2.5, F3.0, K2.4 Functional. Requires a workaround on the default Gentoo configuration:
 mount -o remount,exec /dev/shm

or, if you want to make the change permanent, update the entry for /dev/shm<tt> in <tt>/etc/fstab by removing the noexec mount option.

N/A N/A 2.6.14-gentoo-r2 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.
N/A N/A 2.6.11-6 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.


Mandriva

Report Date Host Distribution Netkit Release Status
Version Kernel
2007/11/27 Mandriva Spring 2.6.17-14mdv 2.5, F3.0, K2.4 Broken. SKAS0 mode is not supported. Use kernel K2.2 instead.
N/A Mandrake 10.2 2.6.11-6 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.
N/A Mandrake 10.0 N/A 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Functional.


Slackware Linux

Report Date Host Distribution Netkit Release Status
Version Kernel
2007/11/27 Slackware Linux 11.0 2.4.33.3 2.5, F3.0, K2.4 Broken. Possible problems with syscall stubs code. Causes the second launched virtual machine to panic.


SUSE Linux

Report Date Host Distribution Netkit Release Status
Version Kernel
2007/11/23 SUSE Linux 10.1 2.6.16.21-0.25-default 2.5, F3.0, K2.4 Functional.
N/A N/A N/A 2.4, F2.2, K2.2 Some users have reported it to work. At least one case in which virtual hubs crash and the host does massive I/O when removing .disk files.
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