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Linux Work Culminating On A "READFILE" Syscall For Reading Small Files Efficiently

Phoronix - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 06:00
Stemming from recent kernel discussions over a hypothetical new system call for reading small files more efficiently, Greg Kroah-Hartman has been working on the readfile() system call and it's looking like it is taking shape well enough to premiere soon in a new mainline kernel release...

AMD Sensor Fusion Hub Support Is Not Coming With Linux 5.8

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 23:05
For those AMD Ryzen laptop users eager to see the Sensor Fusion Hub driver for supporting the different hardware sensors on these AMD Zen laptops, that driver still isn't going to be merged for the upcoming Linux 5.8 cycle even after the patches were first published months ago...

Intel Engineer Proposes Software-Based KVM Protected Memory Extension

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 21:00
While modern AMD EPYC CPUs support Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) and Intel more recently has been working on MKTME for similarly offering hardware-backed total memory encryption, an Intel open-source engineer has now proposed a software-based solution for protected memory support for KVM virtualization...

Ardour 6.0 Digital Audio Workstation Released

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 19:25
Ardour 6.0 is now available as the latest major release of this high-end yet open-source digital audio workstation (DAW) package that runs across all major platforms...

NVIDIA Nsight Graphics 2020.3 Supports Profiling KHR Ray-Tracing

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 19:04
NVIDIA on Friday released Nsight Graphics 2020.3 as the newest version of their proprietary tool for profiling and debugging Direct3D / Vulkan / OpenGL / OpenVR software...

TUXEDO Computers Launches Their First AMD Linux Laptop

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 18:35
TUXEDO Computers has launched their first AMD-powered Linux laptop! The excitement quickly faded though when seeing it's not a Renoir design...

Many MediaTek Wireless Driver Improvements On Deck For Linux 5.8

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 15:02
There is a lot of wireless (and wired) networking activity each kernel cycle but for the upcoming Linux 5.8 merge window it looks like there will be particularly a lot for MediaTek drivers...

Is it possible to run a conference using only free software? - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 15:00

The Free Software Foundation's (FSF) annual conference LibrePlanet went fully virtual in 2020 due to ongoing issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In our last week of preparations before the live event, increasingly disturbing news related to the virus made us realize we could not responsibly hold our usual conference on software freedom in person while protecting the safety of our participants and their communities.

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PostgreSQL 13.0 Beta 1 Released With Parallel Vacuum, Security Improvements + Benchmarks

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:09
The first beta of the forthcoming PostgreSQL 13.0 is now available for evaluation. PostgreSQL 13 is coming with many new features with this article serving as a quick look plus some very preliminary benchmarks...

Intel ComboPHY Support Coming With Linux 5.8 For Their Gateway SoC

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 07:40
Published back in February were the Linux kernel enablement patches for a new "ComboPHY" driver for supporting the company's forthcoming Gateway SoC. That code is now set to be included in the next kernel cycle, Linux 5.8...