Finally after tinkering around on and off for the past month , I got it done. For my certification I play around with a virtual version of Cisco IOU ( the OS that runs on their routers/switches) http://ciscoiseasy.blogspot.be/2014/07/iou-forbidden-fruit.html to create network labs running on a Debian x86_64 VM in VMWare Fusion on my OS X 10.11 powered Macbook Pro Retina. I knew that I needed about 512 MB of RAM to boot the VM and any lab I wanted to have running. I've been trying to get the same VM setup on my Powerbook G4 12" for quite a while now. Things I've tried : - Debian/Ubuntu PPC with QEMU(-KVM) but then I can't play any video training because of the NO 3D acceleration for the Nvidia card in this Powerbook - FreeBSD PPC but that means compile from source (Ports) since it's a Tier 2 architecture and QEMU doesn't give me any console output because I didn't install X11 ( I gave up after it was compiling for 2 full days with still no working install ) The goal was to have QEMU work in OS X 10.5.8 PPC, I could play videos using Coreplayer and I don't have to boot into another OS. Steps taken : - Installed Macports Leopard - Installed QEMU 2.2.0 via Macports ( the more recent versions won't let me allocate all the free memory I can use ) - Cheated by creating the Debian VM using qemu-system-i386 on my MBp Retina I used Debian Jessie i386 no Desktop Environment , text mode , only SSH . - Installed TUN/TAP drivers to bridge the NIC from the VM to my OS X host ( my Powerbook ) https://sourceforge.net/projects/tuntaposx/files/tuntap leopard legacy/20080607/ Then ran in OS X Terminal : sudo -i qemu-system-i386 -boot c -hda yourvmname -m 512M -net nic -net tap,script=no,downscript=no <Wait until your VM is booted> In a seperate Terminal tab : sudo -i ifconfig tap0 192.168.10.1 ( my real network devices use 192.168.1.x ) Then in QEMU Debian i386 VM : sudo -i ifconfig eth0 inet 192.168.10.2 route add default gw 192.168.10.1 ( send traffic to the tap0 device ) < You can add this to /etc/network/interfaces so that it will be used at the next reboot auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.10.2 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.10.1 > Et voila, I can now SCP files to the VM and basically leave my MBp at home. Sorry for the long tech rambling but hope this might help people to have a virtualisation option on their PPC machine.