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Install Packages

pkg install gmake go git vim

Install Lima

git clone /opt/lima

Patch File

cat << EOF > /opt/lima/pkg/sshutil/sshutil_others.go
//go:build !darwin && !linux
// +build !darwin,!linux

package sshutil

import (


func detectAESAcceleration() bool {
        var err error
        const fallback = runtime.GOARCH == "amd64"
        logrus.WithError(err).Warnf("cannot detect whether AES accelerator is available, assuming %v", fallback)
        return fallback



Copy Binaries

cp /opt/lima/_output/bin/* /usr/local/bin/

mkdir -p /usr/local/share/doc/lima && cp -r /opt/lima/_output/share/doc/lima/* /usr/local/share/doc/lima/
cp -r /opt/lima/_output/share/lima /usr/local/share/lima

Install QEMU

pkg install qemu-nox11


root@freebsd:/opt/lima # qemu-system-x86_64 -cpu help | grep -i cascadelake
x86 Cascadelake-Server    (alias configured by machine type)
x86 Cascadelake-Server-noTSX  (alias of Cascadelake-Server-v3)
x86 Cascadelake-Server-v1  Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake)
x86 Cascadelake-Server-v2  Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake) [ARCH_CAPABILITIES]
x86 Cascadelake-Server-v3  Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake) [ARCH_CAPABILITIES, no TSX]
x86 Cascadelake-Server-v4  Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake) [ARCH_CAPABILITIES, no TSX]
x86 Cascadelake-Server-v5  Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake) [ARCH_CAPABILITIES, EPT switching, XSAVES, no TSX]

Export CPU

export QEMU_SYSTEM_X86_64="qemu-system-x86_64 -cpu Cascadelake-Server"

Start Lima

switch to user

su - ec2-user
limactl start default
tail -f ~/.lima/default/serial.log

Run Docker

lima nerdctl run -it --rm hello-world


alias docker='lima nerdctl $@'

Happy Docker !

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