(commit) hw/9pfs: Use the correct signed type for different variables
(commit) hw/9pfs: replace iovec manipulation with QEMUIOVector
(commit) hw/9pfs: Use the correct file descriptor in Fsdriver Callback
(commit) hw/9pfs: Add qdev.reset callback for virtio-9p-pci device
(commit) hw/9pfs: Reset server state during TVERSION
(commit) hw/9pfs: use migration blockers to prevent live migration when virtfs export path is mounted
(commit) hw/9pfs: Improve portability to older systems
(commit) exec.c: Fix subpage memory access to RAM MemoryRegion
(commit) malta: Fix regression (i8259 interrupts did not work)
i386-softmmu is no longer named qemu but instead referred to as qemu-system-i386 for better consistency with other targets. A new tool is likely to be introduced that uses the qemu name so distributions are advised to not undo this change.
QEMU now uses a separate thread for VCPU execution. This merges the biggest difference between the qemu-kvm tree and upstream QEMU.
A new memory dispatch API has been added internally. A new monitor command "info mtree" can show the hierarchy of memory regions in the guest.
QEMU now has a build dependency on glib and makes extensive use of glib.
QEMU now can run on more hosts. Hosts without a native code generator can use the TCG interpreter (TCI). See Features/TCI for more information.
Block devices (disks)
QEMU now supports I/O latency accounting in the monitor command "info blockstats".
Errors are now tracked per device and are shown by the monitor command "info block".
All image formats now support asynchronous operation. IDE and SCSI emulation will use this feature, while other devices (notably floppy and SD) will not.
A large number of bugs were fixed regarding CD media change and tray locking.
Memory management errors could crash QEMU when scsi-disk encountered I/O errors. Many instances of this problem were fixed.
The accuracy of error handling for SCSI emulation has been greatly improved.
SCSI devices can now be addressed by channel, target (id) and LUN. Not all emulated HBAs will support this feature (in particular, the LSI controller will not).
Block device pass through is now supported through a new scsi-block device. The scsi-block device works with block devices (like /dev/sda or /dev/sr0) rather than /dev/sgN devices, and is more efficient because it does not consume arbitrary amounts of memory when the guest does large data transfers.
SCSI CD-ROMs now report media changed events.
SCSI CD-ROMs now support DVD images.
Bugfixes for IDE media change also apply to SCSI.
SCSI devices now report a unit attention condition when the system is started or reset. This may cause problems with old firmware versions.
Now supports discarded blocks in dynamically-sized images.
User-mode networking (SLIRP)
SLIRP can process ARP replies and gratuitous ARP requests from the guest.
QEMU now supports the new Cortex-A15 instructions in linux-user mode (via "-cpu any"): VFPv4 fused multiply-accumulate (VFMA, VFMS, VFNMA, VFNMS) and also integer division (UDIV, SDIV).
The vexpress-a9, versatileab, versatilepb and realview-* boards now have audio support.
QEMU is known not to work on ARM hosts in this release. (ARM target emulation is fine.)
sPAPR VIO devices can now be created with -device.
QEMU now supports DC232b and FSF xtensa CPU cores.
QEMU now supports sim (similar to Tensilica ISS) and LX60/LX110/LX200 machines.
QEMU now supports live migration using image files like QCOW2 on shared storage