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Native Viber Client Published For Linux

Viber Media has released a native Linux client of their popular software for making free calls, texts, and picture sharing. The free Viber service is now officially supported on Fedora and Ubuntu, among other Linux distributions.
26 August 2013 - Viber Linux - 48 Comments

Freedreno Driver Programming Documentation Updated

Rob Clark has updated his Wiki-based documentation for the Freedreno driver project, the reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno/Snapdragon graphics support. The update includes detailing Qualcomm's A3xx shader instruction set.
25 August 2013 - Freedreno

Facebook HHVM Prepares For New & Faster Release

Facebook's engineers responsible for developing HHVM, a high performance version of PHP, are preparing for a new release of this virtual machine to happen next month. This new release has even faster performance while delivering greater functionality.
25 August 2013 - HHVM - 2 Comments

ZFSOnLinux 0.6.2 Is Faster, Supports Newer Kernels

A new release of ZFSOnLinux is now available, the native ZFS file-system implementation for the Linux kernel that's maintained as an out-of-tree kernel module.
24 August 2013 - ZFSOnLinux 0.6.2

Git 1.8.4 Ships Many New Features, Improvements

Git 1.8.4 has been released to end out the week by shipping many new features, fixes, and improvements for this open-source version control system.
24 August 2013 - Git 1.8.4 - 1 Comment

Btrfs-Progs 1.0 Might Come Soon With New Features

Btrfs-progs serves as the user-space utilities to the Btrfs file-system. It's been a long time since seeing a btrfs-progs release, but we might finally be seeing a new update soon and it could be called version 1.0.
22 August 2013 - btrfs-progs - 3 Comments

PHP5 JSON Still In A Licensing Mess

Debian-based Linux distributions are in a bit of a mess with their support for JSON over what appears to be a bit of a silly license issue.
21 August 2013 - Silly License - 90 Comments

Mono Project Continues Making Progress

The controversial Mono project for implementing various Microsoft frameworks as open-source on Linux and other operating systems, continues to gain new features and support. Miguel de Icaza has delivered an update on some of the recent Mono work.
20 August 2013 - Mono Project - 55 Comments

Snapdragon DRM/KMS Driver Still Forthcoming

The Qualcomm Snapdragon DRM/KMS graphics driver for the Linux kernel is still being revised and looks like it's being taken serious enough that it will be mainlined in due time.
19 August 2013 - Snapdragon SoC - 5 Comments

Enlightenment: E19 & "Project Burrito" To Be Shown

Enlightenment E19 is making good progress and will be shown off at LinuxCon Europe in October, along with "Project BURRITO", a high-end demo showing off capabilities of the Enlightenment Compositor.
17 August 2013 - LinuxCon Europe - 5 Comments

Pipelight: A Way To Get Netflix On Linux

Pipelight is a new open-source project for getting Microsoft Silverlight applications to run within web-browsers on Linux, including the widely sought after Netflix Player on Linux.
17 August 2013 - Pipelight - 61 Comments

Samsung Properly Open-Sources exFAT File-System

Back in June, Phoronix was the first to report of a native exFAT file-system implementation for Linux that appeared on GitHub. It later turned out that Samsung accidentally leaked their exFAT source code. The solution has now been corrected with Samsung formally open-sourcing their exFAT source code.
16 August 2013 - Samsung exFAT - 42 Comments

Parted Magic Is Still Free

Parted Magic, the popular lightweight live Linux environment for managing hard drive partitions through GParted and Parted, looks like it's now behind a pay wall, but that's not entirely the case.
13 August 2013 - Parted Magic - 44 Comments

Glibc 2.18 Supports New Optimizations, New Archs

Version 2.18 of glibc is available and with it comes a host of new features, new architectures are supported, and various bug-fixes.
13 August 2013 - glibc 2.18 - 10 Comments

Portable OpenCL v0.8 Brings Forward A Lot More CL

Version 0.8 of POCL, the Portable Computing/OpenCL Language implementation, is now available. POCL continues to be focused on producing an efficient open-source implementation of the OpenCL 1.2 and 2.0 specifications.
12 August 2013 - POCL v0.8 - 1 Comment

SDL 2.0 WIll Finally Be Released This Week!

SDL 2.0, the library used by many games and other applications for simple and cross-platform interaction with graphics/sound/input devices, will finally see an official release this week!
12 August 2013 - SDL 2.0 - 12 Comments

OpenMP 4.0 Majorly Advances Parallel Programming

The OpenMP 4.0 specification has been unveiled as a major new specification for programming of accelerators, SIMD programming, and better optimization using thread affinity.
6 August 2013 - OpenMP 4.0 - 2 Comments

MPV, A New Fork Of MPlayer/MPlayer2

MPV is yet another fork of the mplayer/mplayer2 code-base, but it does at least offer up some changes over the code currently found in MPlayer2.
5 August 2013 - MPV-Player - 12 Comments

GNOME Releases Maps, Geoclue2

GNOME has two new components for the upcoming GNOME 3.10 release: Maps and Geoclue2. These two GNOME packages saw their first official releases this week.
2 August 2013 - GNOME Packages - 1 Comment

PyPy 2.1 Ships With Python ARM JIT Support

PyPy, a fast yet compliant implementation of Python, has ARM Just-In-Time compiler support with today's version 2.1 release.
1 August 2013 - PyPy 2.1 - 3 Comments

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