7 months ago
Linux Mint is wonderful. However, there are times when users have to use Windows, for example for:
1. Windows games unavailable under Linux
2. Software like Adobe Creative Suite (Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.)
3. Developers of Windows applications, or developers working in a Windows environment
Whenever a Linux Mint user wants to use VFIO passthrough (VGA passthrough), he/she is faced with an antiquated Qemu version 2.11 !
Much has happened in recent versions: Qemu 3.0+ introduced patches and solutions for AMD Ryzen users. Qemu 4.0+ includes a patch that significantly improves audio and solves the "crackling sound" syndrome that's plagued so many VFIO installations.
I can see it again and again: Linux Mint users who want or need passthrough walk away towards up-to-date distributions such as Arch Linux or Manjaro.
Please don't disregard the VFIO users - my tutorial gets between 300-500 visitors a day. There are plenty of tutorials based on Arch or Fedora that are even more popular (mostly attributed to their more up-to-date qemu version).
In short: Update Qemu to Qemu 4.0 (or newer).