Free Software News Archives
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 - 10 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
Samba 4.1 Supports Btrfs, Encrypted Transport

Samba 4.1.0 was released on Friday and with it comes support for encrypted transport, Btrfs file-system integration, server-side copy support, and other new features for the popular open-source software re-implementing Microsoft's SMB/CIFS networking protocol.

12 October 2013 - Samba 4.1.0 - Add A Comment
OpenRISC Emulator In JavaScript Can Run Wayland

An interesting open-source project pointed out to Phoronix this week was an OpenRISC emulator that's written in JavaScript. Making things more interesting is that it can now even run Wayland and a Linux image with keyboard support while being able to use JavaScript and other common open-source programs from this JavaScript-based emulator that runs in modern browsers.

12 October 2013 - OpenRISC - 9 Comments
Linux 3.12 Kernel Scheduler I/O Benchmarks

Our latest benchmarks of the Linux 3.12 kernel are looking at the I/O performance between the Noop, CFQ, and Deadline schedulers on the latest Linux kernel when using the high-end Intel Core i7 4960X.

10 October 2013 - Linux 3.12 I/O - 13 Comments
OwnCloud 6 To Ship With Many New Features

OwnCloud, the open-source private cloud storage service, is preparing to make a huge step forward with its upcoming version six release. OwnCloud 6 Alpha 1 was released today and with it comes many new end-user features.

9 October 2013 - ownCloud 6 - 9 Comments
DirectFB Project Draws Up Plans For The Future

Earlier this week DirectFB developers published support for running Wayland's Weston on the Direct Frame-Buffer. This was just one of several interesting projects out of DirectFB and now they have a bit of a road-map concerning the future of their project.

9 October 2013 - DirectFB - 6 Comments
LibreOffice OpenGL Canvas Merged

For nearly two years there's been a feature branch of LibreOffice to provide an OpenGL-based canvas implementation to LibreOffice. This OpenGL canvas has now finally been merged into the open-source office suite.

7 October 2013 - OpenGL Canvas - 5 Comments

1114 Free Software news articles published on Phoronix.