QEMU 2.5 Is Near With 3D GPU Support & More
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 7 December 2015 at 06:13 PM EST. 18 Comments
QEMU 2.5-RC3 was released today as the last final release candidate scheduled before the official release of QEMU 2.5.

Some of the highlights for QEMU 2.5 include the Xen support code now supporting pass-through of Intel integrated GPUs, VirtIO-GPU now supports the 3D mode, Vhost-user now supports live migration, support for multi-queue in Vhost-user, support for network filters, TCG has improved system emulation performance for targets with software TLBs, record/replay support for TCG, and a variety of other changes including many x86 and ARM specific additions.

Of course, the change we're most excited about at Phoronix is supporting the VirtIO GPU 3D mode when using the latest Linux kernel and Mesa code. Now there's guest 3D/OpenGL acceleration support finally for this pure open-source virtualization stack! Kudosto David Airlie and the others involved on Virgl 3D.

More details on the changes coming for QEMU 2.5 can be found via this Wiki change-log page. The schedule sets the official QEMU 2.5.0 release to happen around 10 December, but delays are possible.
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