This guide was produced using Ubuntu Hoary 5.04 and Ubuntu Breezy 5.10, and Ubuntu Dapper 6.06. It’s also therefore applicable to Debian. Although most of the commands should work generically across different distributions.
Qemu packages are available in the Debian and Ubunutu repositories for version 0.6.1 or 0.7.0 (and 0.8.0 in Ubuntu Dapper 6.06), depending on what distribution and version you are using. Qemu also has an optional kernel module called KQemu, previously this was not redistributable (it now is) therefore packages for any Linux distribution may not include this module. The advantage of KQemu is much improved emulation [continued…]