QEMU 2.8 Is Coming Next Month With New Features
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 17 November 2016 at 10:00 PM EST. 4 Comments
QEMU 2.8.0-rc0 was released on Thursday as the first step towards getting this next update out the door for improving the Linux virtualization stack.

QEMU 2.8 is set to deliver on a number of ARM improvements, POWER9 CPU support, Extended Interrupt Mode (EIM) support in the Intel IOMMU device, greater CPU support for the x86 code paths, vhost-vsock support in the VirtIO code, support for the VirtIO Crypto device, support for grant copy in Xen, SPICE now supports pure OpenGL rendering when gl=on is set, block improvements, and a wide range of other improvements.

More details on the forthcoming QEMU 2.8 changes via this Wiki page. This early test release of QEMU 2.8 can be downloaded from QEMU.org. At least 3~4 more release candidates of QEMU 2.8 are planned before officially releasing it in late December.
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