QEMU 6.2: Improved compatibility with Apple M1

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Version 6.2 of the open source emulation and virtualization software QEMU has been released. 189 developers contributed over 2300 commits to the minor release. ARM virtualization in particular benefits from the innovations, but there are also innovations in the emulation of RISC-V and PowerPC architectures.

Among other things, the team improved the compatibility with Apple’s silicon SoC: With the update, QEMU masters the Hypervisor.framework (hvf) accelerator for virtualizing AArch64 architectures on silicon hosts. In addition, virtual machines with QEMU 6.2 can use Intel’s SGX (Software Guard Extensions). The entire changelog can be found in QEMU-Wiki.

QEMU is mainly used under Linux and is also a central part of the GNU / Linux virtualization stack. In addition to tar.xz archives, binaries for Windows and macOS are also available on the website of the open source tool. The open source project QEMU serves as an emulator and virtualizer for different architectures.

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