Kano is a real, real cool device for kids.

I wonder if I can run Kano OS in an emulator like qemu. I'd really like to check it out before buying it. After all Kano OS is just a Raspbian based OS which runs on a Raspberry Pi 2 normally as far as I understand.

I followed the various tutorials on how to run it under qemu (I use ubuntu) and use this command:

$ qemu-system-arm -cpu arm1176 -m 256 -M versatilepb -no-reboot -serial stdio -append "root=/dev/sda2 panic=1 rootfstype=ext4 rw" -hda Kanux-Beta-v2.2.0-jessie-release.img -kernel kernel-qemu-4.1.7-jessie

The Kanux-Beta-v2.2.0-jessie-release.img is downloaded from the Kano Website (Download the image directly link), the kernel-qemu-4.1.7-jessie from the other "raspbian on qemu" tutorial.

But I always end up with a kernel panic right after booting:

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After searching the web, I suppose the error is maybe because kernel and img do not fit each other. If so, where get the right kernel from?

And anyway, has anybody run Kano OS in an emulator? Is it possible?

  • Your commandline explicitly emulates an older CPU than Kano supports . Try settting the CPU to cortex-a9 .
    – flakeshake
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 8:38
  • @flakeshake With -cpu cortex-a9 I get: Uncompressing Linux... done, booting the kernel. Error: unrecognized/unsupported processor variant (0x410fc090).
    – nachtigall
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 18:55
  • @nachtigall Did you ever work out how to get this working? I've just set about trying to do the same thing.
    – Raj Parmar
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 8:57
  • @RajParmar No. I eventually gave up (but it's almost two years ago now). I do not think it is possible as there is probably no interest in it from Kano.
    – nachtigall
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 10:27

1 Answer 1


Yes and no. It is not possible to run the official kano IMG in Qemu but you can run Raspbian and add the kano repositories to the sources.list file.

Install Raspbian Jessie on Qemu (This is for windows, just remove the .exe and stuff): Do this

Add this to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kano.list:

deb http://repo.kano.me/archive-jessie/ release main
deb http://repo.kano.me/archive-jessie/ release-urgent main

Run this to get the gpg:

wget -qO - http://repo.kano.me/archive-jessie/repo.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

Then run:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kano-os #Which will install everything preinstalled on kano

You won't get the 'white rabbit' setup or anything, but on the next reboot, you will very likely get a kano desktop!

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