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Open-Source SPIR-V Reader & Writer Written In Java

For those interested in the new SPIR-V specification for the intermediate representation used by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1, a developer has already written an open-source reader and writer of SPIR-V.
5 March 2015 - SPIR-V Parser - 20 Comments

Samba 4.2 Brings Transparent File Compression & Clustering Support

Samba 4.2.0 was just released for those in need of file and print service sharing with Windows via SMB/CIFS. The Samba 4.2 release brings with it several new features.
4 March 2015 - Samba 4.2.0

Gitorious Gets Acquired By GitLab

Gitorious, a once formidable competitor to GitHub in the early days of the Git revision control system for hosting open-source projects, has been acquired by GitLab.
3 March 2015 - Gitorious - 7 Comments

Another Software Patent That Should Be Tossed Out

Hewlett Packard has patented the identification of a failed code change by automatically running a set of tests against the set of changes for indicating the regression.
3 March 2015 - HP WO2013115797A1 - 16 Comments

Open-Source .NET On Linux Continues Maturing

Rich Lander of Microsoft has posted an update concerning the open-sourcing of Microsoft's .NET core and how they're looking to do feature work more in the open and with the community's involvement.
27 February 2015 - CoreCLR - 46 Comments

A Single UEFI Executable With The Linux Kernel, Initrd & Command Line

Thanks to recent work done by systemd developers Kay Sievers and David Herrmann on Gummiboot, there's a UEFI boot-loader stub for starting a Linux kernel with an initial RAM disk (initrd) and kernel command line that are all embedded within the executable.
25 February 2015 - UEFI Executable - 12 Comments

Reiser4 Updated For The Linux 3.18 Kernel

For those still relying upon the Reiser4 file-system and haven't migrated off to ZFS On Linux or Btrfs, the out-of-tree Reiser4 kernel code has been updated for compatibility with the Linux 3.18 kernel.
15 February 2015 - Reiser4 Linux 3.18 - 3 Comments

Controversy Arises Over SPI Project, Fighting With Elementary OS

While the X.Org Foundation is voting on joining SPI and the SPI already represents a range of open-source projects from PostgreSQL to Debian, this organization is being criticized this week over how they negatively interacted with the Elementary OS project.
14 February 2015 - SPI Inc - 31 Comments

An Update On OpenShot! OpenShot 2.0 Hopefully Out In Next Year

Yesterday I wrote about it being a long time since the last update on OpenShot, a popular non-linear open-source video editing application that hasn't seen a major release in years, while today (coincidentally?) there's some big improvements to share.
13 February 2015 - OpenShot Video Editor - 14 Comments

PulseAudio 6.0 Gains Systemd Socket Activation Support, BlueZ 5 Features

Nearly one year after the release of PulseAudio 5.0, the release of PulseAudio 6.0 is finally here with many changes.
12 February 2015 - PulseAudio 6 - 72 Comments

OpenShot 2.0 Remains To Be Seen

It's been almost two and a half years since the last official release to the open-source OpenShot video editing software. OpenShot 2.0 has been talked about for much of this time but this major update to the once very promising non-linear video editor has yet to materialize.
12 February 2015 - OpenShot 2.0 - 13 Comments

Docker 1.5 Brings IPv6 Support, Read-Only Containers

Docker 1.5 was released today as the first major Docker release of 2015.
10 February 2015 - Docker 1.5 - 1 Comment

Postfix 3.0 Released With SMTP UTF8 & Other New Mail Server Features

The Postfix open-source mail server software reached the big 3.0 milestone on Sunday with various improvements to this Sendmail alternative.
9 February 2015 - Postfix 3.0.0

More Optimizations Coming To LZHAM

While LZHAM 1.0 was recently released, the former Valve engineer behind the compression library targeting game assets, Rich Geldreich, is already targeting more post-1.0 improvements to this library.
7 February 2015 - LZHAM - 13 Comments

Git 2.3 Brings A Lot Of Small Fixes, Tweaks

Version 2.3.0 of the Git distributed version control system is now available.
5 February 2015 - Git 2.3.0

Wireshark 1.99.2 Works On Its Qt Interface

Wireshark 2.0 has stepped closer to being released with the new Wireshark 1.99.2 development release. This new Wireshark release continues work on porting its UI to Qt.
5 February 2015 - Wireshark 2.0 Development Release - 22 Comments

Replicant As A Truly Free, Blob-Less Android OS Is Still Facing A Huge Uphill Battle

While Replicant OS is promoted by the FSF as a binary-free Android distribution and a truly open alternative to Apple products, the state of Replicant OS in terms of end-user readiness or being as a viable alternative to iOS and Android leaves much to be desired.
5 February 2015 - Replicant OS - 18 Comments

MongoDB 3.0 To Have WiredTiger, Big Performance Improvements

MongoDB 3.0 was announced today with an expected GA release in March. MongoDB 3.0 has "massive improvements to performance and scalability, enabled by comprehensive improvements in the storage layer."
3 February 2015 - MongoDB 3.0 - 5 Comments

Perl 6.0 Might Finally Be Released This Year

It was revealed this weekend at FOSDEM in Brussels that the plan is to hopefully release Perl 6.0 by this Christmas.
1 February 2015 - Perl 6.0 - 30 Comments

LibreOffice 4.4 Released With Better OOXML Support, UI Improvements

LibreOffice 4.4 is now available as the newest version of this leading open-source, cross-platform office suite.
29 January 2015 - LibreOffice 4.4 - 19 Comments

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