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QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.
When used as a machine emulator, QEMU can run OSes and programs made for
one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC).
By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performances.
qemu (with kvm enabled) achieves near native performances by leveraging
the kvm-kmod modules and executing the guest code directly on the host
CPU. Slackware provides pre-built 32/64 bit x86 kvm-kmod modules or you
can build different versions with the kvm-kmod package.
By default, this script builds only the x86 and arm emulation targets
for qemu; if you prefer to build all supported targets, do this:
We patch the installed udev rules to require membership in "users"
group instead of a custom "kvm" group to uses /dev/kvm. If you prefer
something different, then run the build script like this:
Don't forget to load the 'kvm-intel' or 'kvm-amd' module (depending on
your processor) prior to launching qemu-system-ARCH with kvm enabled.
For older/unmaintained qemu frontends, this build also creates a symlink
to qemu-system-ARCH at /usr/bin/qemu-kvm.
spice, usbredir, and device-tree-compiler are optional dependencies.
If you wish to emulate ARM, you will want device-tree-compiler.