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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...

Async Buffered Reads Support Yielding Promising Results

Phoronix - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 03:40
Linux I/O expert Jens Axboe who oversees the kernel's block layer and is employed by Facebook while working on IO_uring and other storage innovations has recently been working on async buffered reads support...

Dav1d 0.7 Speedups Are Looking Great On Various Intel + AMD CPUs

Phoronix - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 23:03
This week marked the release of the dav1d 0.7 AV1 video decoder with more performance optimizations thanks to more hand-tuned Assembly and other tweaking of this leading CPU-based AV1 video decoder. Here are benchmarks compared to the prior dav1d 0.5 and 0.6 releases...