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Reiser4 File-System Updated For Linux 3.10 Kernel

The out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system has been updated so it can be used with the stable Linux 3.10 kernel series.
30 July 2013 - Reiser4 - 6 Comments

Gnash Flash Player Still Advancing, But No New Release

Gnash, the Free Software Foundation project to have an open-source implementation of Adobe's Flash/SWF run-time, hasn't seen a release in almost exactly one and a half years. While it's been 18 months without a new release, development continues and there's been a number of features committed.
30 July 2013 - GNU Gnash - 30 Comments

Tux3 Still Dreaming Of Design Improvements

The Tux3 Linux BTree-based file-system that isn't yet mainline in the Linux kernel is continuing to focus on new features and capabilities.
28 July 2013 - Neverball / Neverputt - 7 Comments

Going Deeper With Xiph.Org's Daala

Last month Xiph.Org presented Daala, a next-generation open-source video codec. While there's still a lot of work to see how Daala will ultimately perform and compare in terms of adoption to the next-gen VP9 and H.265/HEVC codecs, it's continuing to show promise.
28 July 2013 - Daala - 6 Comments

Git 1.8.4 Prepares New Features

Git 1.8.4-rc0 was released this week and with it comes all of the latest innovations for this leading open-source distributed version control system.
26 July 2013 - Git 1.8.4 - 2 Comments

MythTV 0.27 Goes Into Alpha, Has New Features

It's been a while since hearing anything out of the once very promising MythTV project. This week though they have issued their MythTV 0.27 release as the code-base goes into a soft-freeze for doing an official release in the months ahead.
25 July 2013 - MythTV 0.27 - 4 Comments

LibreOffice 4.1 Release Piles On New Features

Just days after the Apache OpenOffice 4.0 release, The Document Foundation is ready with their release of LibreOffice 4.1. This release brings forward many new features to the open-source office suite, including the new IBM-donated sidebar UI found in OpenOffice 4.0.
25 July 2013 - LibreOffice 4.1 - 22 Comments

x265: Open-Source H.265/HEVC Video Encoder

There's x264 for H.264 video encoding, but now an "x265" project has been started to ship an open-source library for H.265/HEVC video encoding.
23 July 2013 - H.264/HEVC Video Encoder - 14 Comments

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Has A New Sidebar

For those committed to Apache's OpenOffice over LibreOffice, version 4.0 has been released as the first major release of this open-source office suite in more than one year.
23 July 2013 - OpenOffice - 34 Comments

Systemd 206 Brings Various Changes, Features

Lennart Poettering has announced the release of systemd 206 to provide various updates and new features now that this widely-used Linux software component is back into its feature period.
23 July 2013 - systemd 206

Samsung Accidentally Leaked The exFAT Linux Driver

Last month there was news of a native Linux driver for Microsoft's exFAT file-system. It turns out that the driver wasn't developed through any clean-room reverse-engineering but was rather the apparent rebadging of a Samsung exFAT driver for Linux.
23 July 2013 - Microsoft exFAT On Linux - 48 Comments

HipHop Virtual Machine 2.1 Is Even Faster

Facebook's HipHop VM (HHVM) did a new release last week and now it's even faster! HHVM 2.1 also supports more language functionality.
20 July 2013 - HHVM - 5 Comments

Another Linux Site Shuts Down

Our friends at The H have decided to close up shop. The Linux and open-source publication owned by Heise is no more.
19 July 2013 - The H - 34 Comments

Virgil: Experimental Virtual 3D Support For QEMU

David Airlie publicly announced plans today for his new Virgil project, a virtual GPU capable of 3D acceleration for QEMU. Guest OpenGL (and potentially Direct3D) commands from the virtualized KVM/QEMU guest are passed onto the host for hardware acceleration.
18 July 2013 - Virgil - 5 Comments

Blender 2.68 Improves Modeling, Cycles Performance

It's time for another big release of the Blender open-source 3D modelling software. Blender 2.68 contains fixes and enhancements throughout the entire multi-platform program.
18 July 2013 - Cycles Rendering - 10 Comments

Android's HWComposer Being Toyed With On KMS

At last week's Linaro Connect Europe 2013 conference, there was a presentation regarding bringing Android's HWComposer on Linux KMS.
17 July 2013 - Kernel Mode-Setting - 1 Comment

Would A Kickstarter Open-Source GPU Work?

The Kickstarter crowd-funding development platform has successfully worked for funding many computer games, a few interesting hardware projects, and other initiatives, but would it work for having an open-source graphics processor? A company may be turning to Kickstarter to open-source their 2D and 3D graphics designs.
16 July 2013 - Open-Source Graphics - 105 Comments

Features Coming For The VLC 2.1 Media Player

The VLC 2.1 media player update is due out in the coming weeks and with it will come several new features for the open-source program.
16 July 2013 - VLC 2.1 - 31 Comments

Canonical Releases Mir 0.0.7 Display Server

One week after Mir 0.0.6, a Canonical engineer has now tagged Mir 0.0.7 for their experimental display server for Ubuntu Linux.
16 July 2013 - Mir 0.0.7 - 3 Comments

OpenGL Gets Faster With OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Beyond Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" release finally bring OpenGL 4.0 support to Apple hardware, there's also GL performance improvements to make OS X more competitive with other operating systems for gaming.
16 July 2013 - OS X 10.9 - 8 Comments

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