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It's pretty much all in the title.. I've bought a pogoplug, installed Arch Linux on it on a USB key. I would like to take that USB key and run the enclosed ARM OS in a virtual machine on my Mac. Anything possible or the x86 -> ARM stuff is impossible or impractical?

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Yes, QEMU can do it, here's a similar project using it

Note this is Emulation and not Virtualization as the other comment mentions.

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You would need an ARM emulator, and it doesn't appear that there is one that can directly run images build for sheevaplug[1]. Virtualization requires the guest OS be able to run using the same instruction set as the host (or, in the case of x86 on x86_64, a subset of the same instruction set).


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