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Re: [Qemu-devel] Unmaintained QEMU builds

From: Blue Swirl
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Unmaintained QEMU builds
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2010 14:10:50 +0000

On Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Avi Kivity <address@hidden> wrote:
>  On 09/04/2010 04:56 PM, Andreas Färber wrote:
>> Maybe it's time to rethink the relation between QEMU and its frontends /
>> management tools? If we want to compete with the commercial products (sic),
>> we might agree on some "official" frontend per GUI-centric platform, with a
>> Git-based repository (like qemu-kvm.git) and synchronized releases that may
>> call themselves "QEMU", linked from qemu.org, rather than having a variety
>> of (outdated) Q* frontends per platform of which most are nothing more than
>> a configuration window to spawn the regular qemu[-system-x86_64].
> There is also virt-manager which is quite rich at this time.
>> Currently what QEMU can point with is richer machine and hardware
>> emulation and its license; if we want more users than that, we'll need to
>> deliver what users usually want the most - stability, performance and ease
>> of use... and good marketing.
> They may as well be merged into qemu.git directly, so long as:
> - the GUI has its own maintainer
> - the prepackaged GUI doesn't get access to internal APIs, compared to
> external tools

Easy to use GUI and integration to host system are important, but
performance is also a big problem. QEMU/TCG can't compete with
alternatives that use proprietary kernel modules. Someone should
recreate kqemu by using KVM compatible interfaces.

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