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[Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH] Add VirtIO Frame Buffer Support

From: Avi Kivity
Subject: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH] Add VirtIO Frame Buffer Support
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 08:34:02 +0200
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On 11/03/2009 08:27 AM, Alexander Graf wrote:

How does it work today?

You boot into a TERM=dumb line based emulation on 3270 (worst thing haunting people's nightmares ever), trying to get out of that mode as quickly as possible and off into SSH / VNC.

Despite the coolness factor, IMO a few minutes during install time do not justify a new hardware model and a new driver.

Does installation over vnc work?

Yes, but it requires a working network setup. That's a pretty requirement on guests IMHO.

Why? the guest will typically have networking when it's set up, so it should have network access during install. You can easily use slirp redirection and the built-in dhcp server to set this up with relatively few hassles.

Do not meddle in the internals of kernels, for they are subtle and quick to 

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