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Boxes is an application from the GNOME project that allows you to create and access virtual machines, running locally or remotely. It also allows you to connect to the display of a remote computer.


USE flags

USE flags for gnome-extra/gnome-boxes Simple GNOME application to access remote or virtual systems


To use the file sharing feature of Boxes, net-misc/spice-gtk must be emerged with the webdav USE flag enabled:

FILE /etc/portage/package.use/gnome-boxes
net-misc/spice-gtk webdav

Install gnome-boxes:

root #emerge --ask gnome-extra/gnome-boxes


User permissions

To create and run virtual machines using Boxes as a normal user, the user permissions and service for libvirt must be set up as shown in this article.

Additionally, the user must be added to the kvm group:

root #usermod -a -G kvm <user>

See also