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Re: [Qemu-discuss] KVM on Mac OS X host

From: Programmingkid
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] KVM on Mac OS X host
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:12:15 -0400

On Aug 18, 2015, at 8:24 AM, Peter Maydell wrote:

> On 18 August 2015 at 01:51, Programmingkid <address@hidden> wrote:
>> If we did use Mac OS 10.10's hypervisor, I'm thinking that would
>> mean everyone using Mac OS 10.9 and below would not be able to
>> use it. Does implementing one ourselves that could work on
>> Mac OS 10.5 and up sound possible?
> Nope. That would basically require writing a custom kernel
> extension to provide the equivalent functionality. (This
> is how the commercial virtualization products do it, and
> they seem to break every other OSX release as Apple
> changes kernel internals.) It would be an enormous amount
> of work to support a set of obsolete OS versions.
> If you did want to do it, probably the best thing to
> do would be to do it as a separate project which was
> a kernel extension/library/etc that implemented the
> hypervisor framework API on the older OSes. Then QEMU
> (and any other software that used the official APIs)
> wouldn't need to care which it was using.

It isn't that I don't want to do it. It is just I don't know how to do it. If 
it is a lot of work,
I guess sticking with what Apple has provided will have to do.

Do you think this should be a Google Summer of Code project?

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