For those who would like to use bhyve for OS X, a BSD-licensed virtualizer has been ported. Check out xhyve below. xhyve_logo

xhyve is a lightweight virtualization solution for OS X that is capable of running Linux. It is a port of FreeBSD’s bhyve

  • super lightweight, only 230 KB in size
  • completely standalone, no dependencies
  • the only BSD-licensed virtualizer on OS X
  • does not require a kernel extension (bhyve’s kernel code was ported to user mode code calling into Hypervisor.framework)
  • multi-CPU support
  • networking support
  • can run off-the-shelf Linux distributions (and could be extended to run other operating systems)

See this weblog post for instructions on running Tiny Core Linux or Ubuntu Server with xhyve.