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Google Chrome 80 Released With WebVR 1.1, Dropping FTP Support

Phoronix - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 10:27
Now promoted out of beta is the Google Chrome 80 web browser...

SpecFuzz Emerges To Test Code For Spectre-Style Vulnerabilities

Phoronix - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 10:01
Fuzzing is an important means of finding unintended/invalid behavior within software and now there exists a fuzzer for providing Spectre-type vulnerabilities...

The Meteoric Rise Of Fwupd+LVFS For Linux Firmware Updates

Phoronix - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 07:42
Intel firmware expert Brian Richardson was at FOSDEM 2020 to talk up UEFI Capsule Update functionality and the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) for allowing OEMs/ODMs to easily distribute firmware updates to Linux users for application with the Fwupd firmware updating utility...

Linux-Firmware Adds Updated Binary For Fixing Performance With RX 5600 XT vBIOS Update

Phoronix - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 03:34
With last month's release of the Radeon RX 5600 XT as quite a capable sub-$300 graphics card there was a new video BIOS at launch-day to significantly improve the performance even more. But that updated vBIOS was causing issues with the Linux driver. The necessary fix has now landed in linux-firmware.git as the necessary SMC firmware update for Navi...

Rav1e 0.3 Is Releasing Soon For Faster Rust-Based AV1 Encoding

Phoronix - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 02:06
Rav1e v0.2 brought 40~70% speed improvements over its previous release for this Rustlang-based AV1 video encoder but the upcoming Rav1e 0.3 will be even faster...

Gigabyte X299X DESIGNARE 10G Is A Great Intel Workstation Motherboard For Linux/BSD Systems

Phoronix - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 01:21
For those building an Intel Core X-series system, the Gigabyte X299X DESIGNARE 10G is the board we have been relying upon for our Cascadelake-X testing over the past two months and it has continued working out phenomenally for being a feature-rich platform while playing nicely with the various Linux distributions and BSDs tested.

Jailhouse 0.12 Hypervisor Adds Raspberry Pi 4 Support

Phoronix - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 00:16
Siemens continues investing in Jailhouse as a Linux-based simplicity-minded partitioning hypervisor catering to bare metal appliances. Jailhouse 0.12 is out today as their first feature update since last summer and comes with numerous hardware support improvements and new features...

Could JPEG2000 Finally Take Off In 2020? It's A Possibility With High Throughput HTJ2K

Phoronix - Tue, 02/04/2020 - 22:56
While the standard is now two decades old and has yet to unseat the JPEG image standard in popularity, there is renewed interest in JPEG2000 with High Throughput JPEG 2000 (HTJ2K) and finally seeing increased software support. Collabora's Aaron Boxer thinks that JPEG2000 could finally be going mainstream...