Virtio drivers for FreeBSD on KVM

Pete French petefrench at
Tue Jan 4 13:57:24 UTC 2011

> With more cloud infrastructure providers using KVM than ever before, the
> importance of having FreeBSD performant as a guest on these
> infrastructures [1], [2], [3] is increasing. It seems that using Virtio
> drivers give a pretty significant performance boost [4], [5].
> There was a NetBSD driver, and there seems to (have been) some work
> happening to port this to DragonFly BSD at [6] and [7] -- does anyone
> know if this code is stable, or if it has stalled, or if anyone's
> working on it?

Are the virtio devices provided by Linux KVM the same as those
provided by VirtualBox ? Certainly their website says that the
networking one is. How about giving the drivers provided by
/usr/ports/emulators/virtualbox-ose-additions a try and see
if they will work with KVM ?


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