With my failure to run VirtualBox on Leopard, I decided to go with Q (http://www.kju-app.org/kju/). Here are some notes about my adventures with Q on mac.
1. I downloaded the mac release and the install was a breeze.
2. Created a new Virtual machine. Named it Gentoo, gave it 512MB memory and 10.00GB harddisk and the cd-rom is the gentoo install image. Everything looks good so far.
3. Set to boot from the cd and launched the virtual machine "Gentoo".
4. Wohoo I see linux booting. But it is very slow. 1 CPU on my mac book pro is maxed out but the booting was going very slow. Well I guess that is what you get with an emulator but somehow I remember VirtualBox on linux to be much faster. Anyway continuing further
5. I got my shell prompt. hdparm -tT /dev/hda gives about 80MB/s. Nice! I know I am in a virtual environment.
6. ipconfig gives a virtual ip for eth0. A ping to www.google.com resolves the domain name to an IP but I never get back a response for the ping. Hmm. Am I inside a firewall? That is ok, I will continue with my install. At least I am able to ping to 10.0.2.2 which seems to be the QEmu gateway for network traffic on the virtual net.
7. Yes I was right. The pings are not working but I am able to access the internet. I was able to do "links www.google.com" and I got the google's landing page.
I am trying out Q on mac during my commute to work. Now I am approaching my destination. So more in my next post today evening when I am on my return journey.