I was replying in my topic and Gnome Boxes was mentioned by @fbodymechanic.
I had been messing around with Oracle Virtual Box and Virtmanager with Qemu, and it’s not the easisest to configure. @fbodymechanic said he uses Gnome Boxes, because he is lazy, haha, so I gave it a try and he is right. in literally 2 mouse clicks the session is up and running.
I haven’t tried other DE’s, but I am guessing its agnostic.
For me, Gnome Boxes has knocked it out of the park. It uses very little resources and it is really fast on my i3 laptop with only 8GB RAM.
I’ve been raving about Gnome Boxes performance in simplicity and ease of use for years, but some users just like to use things that give them a headache. To each their own I suppose, but my use with Gnome Boxes has always been pleasant and dare I say fun!
I’ve tried gnome-boxes just one time and I left it because I didn’t find a way to set where to save VM files. Is the only issue for me to not use it and stay with VirtualBox. My SSD is tiny, only 128gb, so I need to save VM files on a partition in secondary (mechanical) disk.
You have confirmed what I was thinking about it. My experience was superb and if it is just a front end, then it’s a really good one. It seems Gnome have paid attention to all the threads complaining how hard the others are to set up.
Gnome boxes is definitely a low configuration/low flexibility tool. It does what it does in a very simple and easy to use manner but struggles when you need to do something outside of that. It is a trade-off.
As for minimal resources, I am not sure it uses more/less resources than any other VM solution. They all have relatively overhead.
Simply that! Just do a simple ln -s /path/to/destination/ /home/yourname/.local/share/gnome-boxes
If you already created VMs, they reside in in your userhome → .local/share/gnome-boxes by default.
So you would need to move that folder first to the desired destination. Then create the symlink to that new destination as shown above.
Relative to things like Virt Manager, Virtual Box, and VMware, Gnome boxes is pretty barren. It does some of the work itself but the rest would require knowing how to manually configure VMs config files. Boxes can do all the same stuff as it’s just an alternative GUI but the GUI doesn’t have as many options.