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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

Microsoft Releases Office Suite For Android

For those in need of Microsoft Office on mobile devices, you can now install the widely-used office suite on Google Android devices.
31 July 2013 - Microsoft Office Mobile - 13 Comments

KTAP Tracing Expands On The Linux Kernel

The KTAP scripting dynamic tracing tool for Linux has seen its second major release.
31 July 2013 - KTAP 0.2

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

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

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