Booting Fedora cloud images with KVM

Here’s how you can play with the Fedora cloud images on your local machine with KVM.

Download a cloud image.


Make a new local backing image (so that we don’t write to our downloaded image) called my-disk.qcow2.

qemu-img create -f qcow2 -b Fedora-Cloud-Base-30-1.2.x86_64.qcow2 my-disk.qcow2 20G

The cloud image uses cloud-init to configure itself on boot which sets things like hostname, usernames, passwords and ssh keys, etc. You can also run specific commands at two stages of the boot process (see bootcmd and runcmd below) and output messages (see final_message below) which is useful for scripted testing.

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United Kingdom government heading for the cloud?

There are plans afoot to replace the UK government’s computer systems with a “cloud” and free software.

The government will also push for “open source” software to be used more widely among central and local government’s 4m desktop computers. That poses an immediate threat to Microsoft, whose Windows operating system and Office applications suite is at present firmly embedded as the standard on PCs in government..

I doubt that Microsoft would sit idly by and let this happen, though.