New Realtek Audio Assist, VirtIO Sound Driver Prepared To Play On Linux 5.13


Whereas PipeWire continues garnering curiosity this 12 months for enhancing Linux sound in user-space, the kernel’s sound drivers proceed to be improved upon as properly and tacking on help for brand spanking new units.

On Friday the Linux 5.13 sound updates had been despatched out and subsequently merged to mainline. For this subsequent kernel model there’s the introduction of a VirtIO Sound driver that complies with the brand new VirtIO sound gadget specification that’s a part of this I/O virtualization normal. The VirtIO sound is meant for use-cases the place audio is required however gadget pass-through or emulation will not be accessible or most well-liked.

Additionally notable on the sound help entrance is the Realtek RT1019, RT1316, RT711 and RT715 all being supported by Linux 5.13.

The sound pull additionally has updates to present help like headphone and headset microphone quantity management now wired up for the Cirrus driver, continued work on Intel Sound Open Firmware, a typical mute LED framework was launched, higher help for Pioneer and Roland/BOSS USB audio units, and extra.

See the complete checklist of sound function modifications for Linux 5.13 by way of this pull request.



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