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Opera-Like Otter Web Browser Out In Alpha Form

A few days ago I wrote about a Qt5-powered web-browser inspired by Opera that's open-source and would see its first development release soon. There was lots of interest in the project with many Opera users having experienced a falling-out with the closed-source browser's recent versions. Now as of yesterday Otter Alpha 1 is available.
2 January 2014 - Otter Browser - 13 Comments

AnthraX Linux Kernels Remain Closed Source

AnthraX, a kernel used by some for their mobile Android devices as an alternative to the stock kernels or those from other open-source Android projects for reportedly offering better performance and functionality, is still refusing to release the kernel's source-code even though it's based on the Linux kernel and subject to the terms of the GPL.
2 January 2014 - AnthraX Kernel - 114 Comments

Btrfs-Progs To Be Updated In Tandem With The Kernel

Chris Mason intends to update the btrfs-progs user-space utilities for the Btrfs file-system in conjunction with new stable Linux kernel releases.
2 January 2014 - Btrfs-Progs

BusyBox 1.22 Release Drops With Many Changes

BusyBox 1.22 is now available as the latest unstable release of "the Swiss Army Knife of the Embedded Linux." With BusyBox 1.22 comes many changes and improvements.
1 January 2014 - BusyBox 1.22

Commotion 1.0 Mesh Networking Toolkit Released

The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute celebrated the New Year by launching Commotion 1.0, an open-source Mesh networking tool-kit.
1 January 2014 - Commotion 1.0 - 3 Comments

DarkTable 1.4 Has A Lua Engine, WebP Export Support

The DarkTable open-source photography workflow software has seen a major update to end out 2013. Version 1.4 of DarkTable brings a host of new features.
31 December 2013 - DarkTable 1.4 - 2 Comments

Ryan Gordon Makes Linux Version Of 1Password

Ryan "Icculus" Gordon has spent some of his Christmas coming up with a basic, open-source Linux version of 1Password. The 1Password program is a popular desktop and mobile app for generating strong, random passwords and serving as a secure wallet for storing the passwords.
26 December 2013 - 1Password - 10 Comments

Ruby 2.1 Brings Faster Performance

The Ruby project has done a new major release on Christmas for their popular programming language. Ruby offers performance speed-ups but without severe incompatibilities, according to the release announcement.
25 December 2013 - Ruby 2.1.0 - 1 Comment

Open-Source Blu-Ray Update Works On BD-Java Support

The VideoLAN project has announced the release of libbluray 0.5.0, the latest version of the open-source Blu-ray library. This latest release has better BD-J Java support and other new/improved features.
24 December 2013 - libbluray 0.5.0 - 32 Comments

Linux x32 ABI Interest Faded In 2013

While the Linux x32 ABI has been talked about since 2011 and there's been mainline Linux kernel support since 2012 and x32 support within other programs has trickled in, there still isn't any widespread interested in this ABI intended for use on 64-bit processors while using 32-bit pointers.
24 December 2013 - Linux x32 - 21 Comments

Hope Seems Lost In Running OS X Binaries On Linux

In December of last year Phoronix was first to cover Project Darling, an open-source project that allows running Apple Mac OS X binaries on Linux-based systems. Sadly, the Darling Project appears to now be a memory of the past.
24 December 2013 - Project Darling - 21 Comments

Gummiboot UEFI Boot Manager Update Pushes New Features

Gummiboot 41 was released this weekend with new features and was followed immediately by Gummiboot 42 to correct the build system for this open-source simple UEFI boot manager.
21 December 2013 - Gummiboot 41/42

HHVM Has Made PHP Even Faster With Greater Parity

After Facebook developers focused non-stop on improving the performance and language parity for the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM), they have now announced their outstanding results.
21 December 2013 - HipHop Virtual Machine - 2 Comments

PHP 5.6 Is Taking Shape With New Features

There's been a lot of Git activity around PHP 5.6 recently and we have an idea for the changes and new features to be found in this next major release of the PHP interpreter.
20 December 2013 - PHP 5.6 - 2 Comments

PulseAudio Now Supports The Systemd Journal

Lennart Poettering's former project of focus, PulseAudio, now supports the journal of his increasingly-used systemd system management daemon.
20 December 2013 - PulseAudio Systemd - 18 Comments

POCL 0.9 Is Coming Soon For Better Open-Source OpenCL

POCL, the open-source project formerly known as Portable OpenCL, will see its version 0.9 release in the next month with many improvements.
18 December 2013 - POCL 0.9

BGFX Makes It Easy Targeting Multiple Rendering APIs

BGFX is a cross-platform rendering library that makes it easy targeting multiple versions of OpenGL and Direct3D on platforms ranging from Apple iOS to Windows to Google Native Client.
16 December 2013 - BGFX - 11 Comments

OpenDocument ODF Support Coming To The Web

WebODF is a new open-source projet that allows ODF document files to be displayed within a web-browser. WebODF is used by the new OwnCloud release for its collaborative, web-based ODF file editing.
16 December 2013 - WebODF - 4 Comments

Opus Audio Codec 1.1 Officially Released

After writing last week that Opus 1.1 is nearly ready, the latest stable update to the open-source royalty-free audio codec is now available!
6 December 2013 - Xiph.Org Opus 1.1 - 7 Comments

Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses Unveiled

The Creative Commons has unveiled their 4.0 next-generation licenses.
26 November 2013 - CC 4.0 - 1 Comment

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