Anthony Liguori | 5 Sep 18:41 2012

[ANNOUNCE] QEMU 1.2.0 release


On behalf of the QEMU Team, I'd like to announce the availability of the
QEMU 1.2 release!

Even though this was the shortest release cycle in QEMU's history, it
contains an impressive 1400 changesets from 180 unique authors.

See the ChangeLog on the wiki for a full changelog:

Major features include:
 - The ability to pass fds for block devices enabling sVirt on NFS
 - arm: LPAE support for the Cortex-A15 CPU
 - arm: a new machine type: i.MX32
 - A new dump-guest-memory command to produce ELF dumps of guests
 - pseries: support for PCI and IOMMU emulation
 - ppc: better support for device trees including a dumpdtb option
 - ppc: emulation of e5500 cores
 - prep: parallel port emulation
 - xen: support for PCI passthrough
 - kvm: MSI support for in-kernel APIC
 - vga: std-vga and QXL now support 16MB of VRAM
 - scsi: emulation of am53c974, dc390, and megasas controllers
 - usb: emulation of scsi controller
 - block: guest control of write-cache setting
 - block: default cache mode is now writeback
 - block: improved support for passthrough of SCSI tapes changers
 - achi: emulation of CD-ROM devices
 - block-stream: better support for sparse raw files
 - qcow2: lazy refcount mode for improved writethrough performance
 - qemu-img: check command can now repair qcow2/qed images
 - migration: support for large memory guests
 - migration: support for XBZRLE compression
 - vnc: threaded server enabled by default
 - qemu-ga: support for fstrim
 - openrisc emulation support
 - and much, much more...

Deprecation announcements:
 - The 'cpudef' config file section will be removed in 1.3
 - The -help output from QEMU will change in 1.3

I'd like to thank everyone who contributed to this release by submitting
patches, testing out -rcs, or reporting bugs during the release process!


Anthony Liguori