Friday, April 26, 2013

Slackware 14 under Xen

I have tried (halfway) to get Slackware to run under Xen (which I run on 32 bit CentOS 5.x).  It never seems to have a working network.  This time, I took a (very) little amount of time to fix this.  Googling resulting only in running Xen on Slackware.  I couldn't find anything on this problem.  I love to load each new distro that comes out but I really enjoy just using Slackware (SLS was my first distro).  So, when Slackware would repeatedly come up without a network interface, I was disappointed and a bit surprised.  If you're having this issue - here one possible fix:   Use a virtual Ethernet and do NOT use the default hypervisor network interface.  Instead, use "ne2k_pci".  I intend to try to get the shared physical interface to work with a real outside address and even test the other options under the virtual Ethernet.  But, this solved my problem.  If anyone else tries these, I'd love the hear the results.


RAT said...

With Slackware 14.1, used pcnet option on xenbr0 and it worked perfectly!

RAT said...

With Slackware 14.1 under KVM, used ne2k_pci again under br0 and it worked fine.

RAT said...

I take that back - ne2k_pci did not appear to be stable.

Instead, on KVM running Slackware 14.1, use Spice display, qxl video (reconfigure X afterward and edit xorg.conf to add screen resolutions) and it works very nicely.