Feature #8089

Test Tails in GNOME Boxes

Added by sajolida 2014-10-13 04:46:16 . Updated 2015-01-19 20:47:24 .

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Boxes is a GNOME 3 application to access remote or virtual systems.


“While virt-manager does a very good job as a virtual machine management software, its very much tailored for system administration and virtual machines. Boxes on the other hand is targeted towards typical desktop end-user who either just want a very safe and easy way to try out new operating systems or need to connect to a remote machine. For this reason, Boxes will not provide many of the advanced options to tweak virtual machines provided by virt-manager. Instead Boxes will focus on getting things working out of the box with very little input from user.”

It would be interesting to test Tails on boxes and see if it could be a good thing to document in the virtualization documentation.


Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #7143: Rework /doc/advanced_topics/virtualization/ Resolved 2014-04-30


#1 Updated by sajolida 2014-10-13 04:46:42

  • related to Feature #7143: Rework /doc/advanced_topics/virtualization/ added

#2 Updated by intrigeri 2014-10-13 04:55:04

  • Category set to Hardware support

#3 Updated by mercedes508 2014-10-13 10:35:41

After installing gnome-boxes on a Wheezy, I tested:

  • tails-i386-1.1.2.iso : it worked out-of-the-box.
  • tails-i386-1.2~RC1.iso : it worked out-of-the-box.

But unfortunately, you can’t configure the VM before selecting the .iso file, which start Tails. And by default the VM has 500MB of RAM, which is not enough for a smooth use.

#4 Updated by BitingBird 2014-10-14 07:55:53

  • Status changed from Confirmed to In Progress

#5 Updated by sajolida 2014-11-16 11:11:00

  • Category changed from Hardware support to Virtualization

#6 Updated by BitingBird 2015-01-04 03:40:50

So, the testing is done, and we should report to upstream that they should allocate 1GB to the box ?

#7 Updated by sajolida 2015-01-04 09:26:23

  • Status changed from In Progress to Resolved

#8 Updated by sajolida 2015-01-04 09:42:28

  • Status changed from Resolved to Confirmed
  • Assignee set to sajolida

Actually, GNOME Boxes already switched to 1GiB of RAM by default in version v3.9.3.


In Debian this should have happened between Wheezy and Jessie. So this needs to be tested again on Jessie.

I’m assigning this to me since I’m working (very slowly) on the virtualization documentation.

#9 Updated by sajolida 2015-01-19 20:47:24

  • Status changed from Confirmed to Resolved
  • Assignee deleted (sajolida)

Tails works fine in GNOME Boxes on Jessie. It has 1 GiB of RAM by default.

I managed to start from ISO.

But, the USB integration is pretty buggy and I didn’t manage to install the ISO onto a USB stick. So I wouldn’t document it for using a persistent volume yet.