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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Version 1.0.2 of the OpenSSL toolkit is now available.
24 January 2015 - OpenSSL 1.0.2 - 5 Comments

Gummiboot Gains PE File Searching Support To Find Linux Kernels

The Gummiboot simple UEFI boot manager hasn't seen much improvements in recent months but on Friday received a new feature over the course of several hundred new lines of code.
24 January 2015 - Gummiboot - 3 Comments

EFITools Ported To 32-Bit To Work With Secure Boot On Intel's Quark SoC

While James Bottomley's efitools package has traditionally been x86_64-only, he ended up porting the package to x86 32-bit in order to handle bringing up UEFI Secure Boot on the Intel Quark SoC board.
23 January 2015 - Intel Quark - 4 Comments

MediaFire File Sharing Adds Open-Source Linux Support

MediaFire, an online backup service / file hosting and sharing site, has released a "Linux and Open-Source Toolkit" for developers.
21 January 2015 - MediaFire Linux - 6 Comments

Kolab Enterprise 14 Released

Kolab Systems has announced the release of Kolab Enterprise 14, the latest version of their open-source groupware solution for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, file storage, data sharing, and other tasks.
21 January 2015 - Kolab Enterprise 14

GLFW 3.1 Brings Experimental Mir & Wayland Support, Floating Windows

Version 3.1 of the GLFW OpenGL library for creating and managing windows/OpenGL contexts and handling input/events is now available.
20 January 2015 - GLFW 3.1

The Daala Video Codec Still Needs At Least Another Year Of Development

The Daala open-source, royalty-free video codec being developed by Xiph.Org and other organizations continues to be developed as an alternative to H.265 and VP9. While much progress is being made, it looks like another year of heavy development will be needed before Daala is ready for primetime.
19 January 2015 - Xiph.Org Daala - 22 Comments

Watch Videos From Linux.Conf.Au 2015 (LCA2015 Auckland)

For those interested in the annual Linux.Conf.Au conference that's filled with tons of Linux/open-source technical talks but weren't down in New Zealand last week for the event, the videos are available.
19 January 2015 - Auckland - 2 Comments

CoreOS Moves From Btrfs To EXT4 + OverlayFS

CoreOS developers have had enough issues with the Btrfs file-system that they've decided to move from using the Btrfs file-system to instead use EXT4 plus OverlayFS.
18 January 2015 - CoreOS EXT4 - 41 Comments

LZHAM 1.0 Isn't Too Far Away For Compression Of Interest To Game Developers

Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer associated with some of the game company's past Linux and OpenGL projects, is getting close to releasing LZHAM v1.0 as his lossless data compression library.
17 January 2015 - LZHAM 1.0 - 13 Comments

Sfdisk Gets Redone, Supports MBR & GPT Disk Labels

Version 2.26-rc1 of the util-linux package is now available.
15 January 2015 - Util-Linux 2.26 - 2 Comments

AtomicRNG: Feeding The Linux RNG With Java & Alpha Ray Visualizer

AtomicRNG is an open-source project started by a Phoronix reader that's an experimental random number generator that feeds the Linux entropy pool and is based on an Alpha Radiation Visualizer.
14 January 2015 - AtomicRNG - 23 Comments

Early Preview Release Of Git 2.3

Beyond announcing Git v2.2.2 on Monday with various bug-fixes, Junio Hamano announced the release of Git 2.3.0-rc0 as a preview release towards Git 2.3.
13 January 2015 - Git 2.3-rc0

Microsoft .NET Compiler Team Switches From CodePlex To GitHub

Microsoft hosts CodePlex as an open-source project hosting service where generally the Microsoft OSS projects call home, but it seems some of their own employees aren't too happy with it and see a brighter future with GitHub.
11 January 2015 - Roslyn Switch - 9 Comments

Ori: Another Open-Source Distributed File-System

Ori is a secure distributed file-system under development for Linux and BSD operating systems along with OS X.
10 January 2015 - Ori FS - 13 Comments

The Most Popular Licenses On GitHub & SourceForge

What are the most popular software licenses on GitHub and SourceForge? What about on CodePlex and the Apache Software Foundation? Here's some numbers.
10 January 2015 - Infographic - 21 Comments

Version 1.4 Of Libjpeg-Turbo Released

As some more open-source image format news this morning besides VLC gaining a BPG image decoder, a Phoronix reader pointed out that version 1.4 of libjpeg-turbo was released this week.
9 January 2015 - libjpeg-turbo

VLC Gains A BPG Decoder, But Will This Image Format Ever Take Off?

The latest image format that's been trying to unseat JPEG as the dominant web image format is BPG. While there's still patent concerns over Better Portable Graphics as it's based on the intra-frame encoding of H.265/HEVC, VLC has picked up BPG decoding support.
9 January 2015 - BPG - 19 Comments

cURL 7.40 Released & It Now Supports The SMB/CIFS Protocol

Version 7.40.0 of cURL was released today, the command-line program and library for downloading data over a variety of protocols.
8 January 2015 - curl 7.40

Blender 2.73 Updates The Grease Pencil, Cycles Rendering Improvements

Version 2.73 of Blender was released today as the first update to this open-source 3D creation software for 2015.
7 January 2015 - Blender - 12 Comments

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