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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

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

The State Of Various Experimental Open-Source Projects

Quite often on Phoronix we cover various experimental open-source projects that catch our interest as they're interesting from a technical perspective, but often these projects don't end up stabilizing due to limited manpower or prove to be too technically ambitious. Here's a look at some of the less heard of open-source projects that have previously been covered on Phoronix to look at where they are today.
14 July 2013 - GitHub, Etc - 7 Comments

GpuTest Now Runs On Mesa, Gallium3D Drivers

Our friends at Geeks3D have updated their GpuTest program so that its OpenGL 3.x benchmarks will work under the Mesa and Gallium3D open-source Linux graphics drivers.
13 July 2013 - GpuTest 0.5.0 - 10 Comments

Work Still Underway To Run OS X Binaries On Linux

The Darling Project is still moving forward with its goal of being able to run Mac OS X binaries under Linux.
13 July 2013 - Darling Project - 47 Comments

Opus 1.1 Codec Now In Beta

The Opus lossy audio compression codec for real-time applications on the Internet that's comprised of the SILK and CELT codecs is now in beta form for version 1.1.
12 July 2013 - Opus - 12 Comments

Zswap Merged Into The Linux 3.11 Kernel

Zswap is a feature for the Linux kernel that provides compressed swap caching. It's been in development for a long time and was finally merged into the mainline Linux kernel for the 3.11 release.
11 July 2013 - Compressed Cache For Swap Pages - 10 Comments

Btrfs In Linux 3.11 Has More Fixes, Performance Tuning

Chris Mason submitted his Btrfs pull request for the Linux 3.11 kernel and it's already been pulled into the mainline Git tree.
9 July 2013 - Btrfs FIle-System - 14 Comments

The State Of Killing CONFIG_VT, Moving To User-Space

David Herrmann is a student developer and one of the kernel developers that has been on a mission to kill off CONFIG_VT, a.k.a. the VT console within the Linux kernel, and move it off to user-space. He's contributed to various projects to further his ideas and now he's written a new post to provide an update on this matter and his thoughts on the current situation of Linux system compositors.
9 July 2013 - CONFIG_VT Death - 26 Comments

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