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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
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
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
Checkpoint-Restore Hits v1.0: Freeze Your Linux Apps

The Checkpoint-Restore Tool has reached version 1.0 as part of the CRIU project. Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace allows for users to freeze running applications and checkpoint it to the hard drive as a file and that checkpoint can then be restored to a running process later on. CRIU is different from suspend-and-resume with the Linux kernel in that this is a tool for handling individual programs and it is implemented in user-space.

25 November 2013 - Checkpoint-Restore 1.0 - 9 Comments
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 - 12 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

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