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NVIDIA, Mentor Graphics May Harm GCC

Yesterday there was news that OpenACC 2.0 parallel programming support was coming to GCC complete with GPU acceleration support for NVIDIA GPUs. While it was exciting on the surface, it appears that this work may be poisonous and could have a very tough time making it upstream.

15 November 2013 - Bad Blood? - 102 Comments
LibreOffice Receives More OpenCL / GPU Support

Last month LibreOffice Calc received a lot of OpenCL/GPU support for various spreadsheet functions. Since then, besides picking up better multi-threaded support, the open-source office suite has implemented more support for OpenCL GPGPU computing.

14 November 2013 - LibreOffice OpenCL - 13 Comments
wxWidgets 3.0 Framework Officially Released

After seeing several development releases, the wxWidgets 3.0 release has happened with GTK+3 support, improved Apple OS X support, and many other changes with this being the first major stable release in a number of years.

11 November 2013 - wxWidgets 3.0 - 1 Comment
Btrfs-Progs Changes Meta-Data Block Size

The btrfs-progs user-space component to the Btrfs file-system has seen a number of commits in recent weeks. Beyond lots of code improvements and bug-fixes, the default meta-data block size was changed for the Btrfs mkfs command.

9 November 2013 - Btrfs-Progs - 1 Comment
HHVM Going On A Big Performance, Feature Push

Facebook's HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) open-source project that's been seeking to implement a high-performance PHP, is in the middle of a lock-down and for three weeks they are focusing on nothing bot boosting the performance of their PHP implementation and seeking to hit feature parity.

9 November 2013 - Facebook HHVM - 2 Comments
Fedora's Next-Gen Yum (DNF) Gets An API

DNF, the next-generation version of the yum package manager with its new Hawkey package management library, continues to evolve in a steadfast manner. Released this week was version 0.4.7 of DNF.

9 November 2013 - DNF 0.4.7 - 1 Comment
LibreOffice Getting Better Multi-Threaded Goodness

LibreOffice has been exciting to talk about recently with the landing of GPU/OpenCL calculation support and an OpenGL canvas plus many other features forthcoming in LibreOffice 4.2. The latest work underway is on working out multi-threaded importing for Calc.

7 November 2013 - Multi-Threading - 11 Comments
Facebook Open-Sources Presto Engine

Facebook has open-sourced some interesting in-house code in the past like Flashcache for the Linux kernel, the Folly C++ library, and the HipHop Virtual Machine. The latest open-source Linux-compatible software release coming out of Facebook is Presto, their tool for interacting with petabytes of information.

6 November 2013 - Facebook Presto - 8 Comments
Enlightenment E18 Alpha Release Is Imminent

E18 has been in development for nearly one year since the long-awaited Enlightenment E17 release last December. Now it appears that the alpha release of E18 is about ready.

4 November 2013 - Enlightenment E18 Alpha - 40 Comments
SELinux User-Space Sees A Big Update

The user-space component to the SELinux project saw a major release yesterday. The libselinux, checkpolicy, libsemanage, libsepol, policycoreutils, and sepolgen software was updated to version 2.2.

31 October 2013 - SELinux User-Space - Add A Comment
Cisco Open-Sources H.264 Codec, Pushes WebRTC

Cisco announced this morning their plans to open-source their H.264 codec under a BSD license and make it available free for all. Cisco is open-sourcing their H.264 codec without assessing any fees in an effort to push H.264 for the WebRTC real-time communication API.

30 October 2013 - H.264 Open-Source - 55 Comments
LibreOffice Lands A Ton Of GPU OpenCL Functions

More than fifty commits pushed into the core code-base today for the LibreOffice open-source office suite work on support for "GPU Calc" to take advantage of OpenCL for various math spreadsheet calculations.

29 October 2013 - LibreOffice - 39 Comments
wxWidgets 3.0 Moves Closer To Release

After being in development for years, wxWidgets 3.0 went into RC state at the beginning of October. Before closing out October, the open-source tool-kit project is now out with its second release candidate.

29 October 2013 - wxWidgets 3.0 - Add A Comment
CUPS 1.7.0 Polishes The Open-Source Print Server

With Apple controlling the development of CUPS open-source printing system, in recent years the major CUPS releases have immediately followed OS X releases. As a result, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that now with the official availability of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks", there is a new major CUPS release. CUPS 1.7.0 is the new version and it adds "polishing" to the multi-platform print server.

25 October 2013 - CUPS 1.7.0 - 8 Comments
Xiph.Org Daala Update On Chroma Plane Prediction

It's been a while since last having major updates to share on Xiph.Org's Daala, the next-generation open-source video codec, but today there's a new technical overview update. The latest update on Daala covers prediction of chroma planes from luma.

23 October 2013 - Daala - 3 Comments
Lua Scripting Support Added To NetBSD Kernel

Earlier in the year I wrote about an initiative to bring Lua scripting support to the NetBSD kernel. With a Lua interpreter within the kernel, it would be easy to extend kernel subsystems, prototype new features, and lower the barrier to entry for NetBSD development. Well, that support for Lua has now been officially added to the NetBSD kernel.

17 October 2013 - Lua NetBSD - 10 Comments
OpenZFS Committed To Improving Open-Source ZFS

Last month I wrote about the launch of OpenZFS as an initiative to organize the various open-source ZFS file-system projects around Linux, BSD, OS X, and other platforms. OpenZFS is an umbrella project now for all the different ZFS implementations since the code became available during the Sun Microsystems glory days.

17 October 2013 - OpenZFS - 23 Comments
Tux3 File-System Is Planning Future Improvements

Tux3, a promising open-source file-system that never seems to quite make it off the ground and goes dormant once in a while, appears to now be back on track. The lead Tux3 developer is working at Samsung and has begun plotting future features pre and post merge into the mainline kernel.

17 October 2013 - Tux3 - 2 Comments

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