If you’d like to install Guix System in a virtual machine (VM) or on a virtual private server (VPS) rather than on your beloved machine, this section is for you.
To boot a QEMU VM for installing Guix System in a disk image, follow these steps:
qemu-img create -f qcow2 guixsd.img 50G
The resulting file will be much smaller than 50 GB (typically less than 1 MB), but it will grow as the virtualized storage device is filled up.
qemu-system-x86_64 -m 1024 -smp 1 \ -net user -net nic,model=virtio -boot menu=on \ -drive file=guix-system-install-1.0.1.system.iso \ -drive file=guixsd.img
The ordering of the drives matters.
In the VM console, quickly press the F12 key to enter the boot menu. Then press the 2 key and the RET key to validate your selection.
Once installation is complete, you can boot the system that’s on your guixsd.img image. See Running Guix in a VM, for how to do that.