I don't think so.

>From a hypervisor perspective, general function I think is more
important than running as fast as possible.  Historically users have
always enabled additional speed by swapping out emulated devices for
paravirtual ones.

For users of the command line, changing the default will have impact on
commands that are currently working with e1000 that may not work without

I suspect that the number of OSes with e1000 support is still far
greater than ones that come with virtio drivers.  At a minumum, Windows
images don't include virtio drivers by default, so this change would
catch all of those users.

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  sensible default NIC for x86? (virtio, not e1000)

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