[Slackbuilds-users] qemu and qemu-kvm descriptions could really do with a bit of clarification

Sebastian Arcus shop at open-t.co.uk
Mon Apr 15 11:29:50 UTC 2013

I've just spent an hour trying to get my head around to what is the 
difference between qemu and qemu-kvm and which one do I need. I couldn't 
even figure out if they somehow need each other. If it wasn't for the 
page below from the qemu website that states qemu-kvm is actually a fork 
of qemu (which seems to have been absorbed back into the qemu package 
upstream) I would still be trying to figure it all out:


I don't want to start a flame war (in case this is one of those 
debatable topics with supporters on both sides) - but I think the 
description at SBo for both packages could do with a little note that 
either package can do the job (although there probably are some 
differences between them). Also the SBo page for qemu states:

"When used as a virtualizer [...] A host driver called QEMU accellerator 
(also known as KQEMU) is needed."

Is the above still a valid statement - or does it apply only to 
processors without virtualization extensions? From what I've read so 
far, it seems that the cpu's with virtualization extensions are served 
by the kvm-intel or kvm-amd modules nowadays?

That is unless I got it all wrong and I still need to research some more 
to get clued up :-)

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