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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

WebKitGTK+ Being Ported To Wayland

Developers at the Igalia open-source consulting firm are currently working on porting WebKitGTK+ / WebKit2 to Wayland.
8 July 2013 - WebKit2 Rendering - 8 Comments

Sphirewall: Another Open-Source Linux Firewall

Sphirewall 0.9.9.5 has been released this weekend. Sphirewall is an open-source Linux firewall/router with advanced management capabilities, analytics, and other advanced features.
7 July 2013 - Sphirewall Release - 3 Comments

More AVX2 Crypto Optimizations For Linux 3.11

Recent Linux kernel releases have seen a number of crypto performance optimizations for this kernel subsystem by taking advantage of newer CPU instruction set extensions for accelerating various cryptographic workloads. This theme has continued for Linux 3.11.
5 July 2013 - Crypto Subsystem - 5 Comments

Harlan: A Scheme-Based GPU Programming Language

Harlan is a new research programming language focused around taking advantage of modern GPUs. The Harlan language syntax is derived from Scheme while the language itself currently compiles to OpenCL.
4 July 2013 - Compiles To OpenCL - 3 Comments

LXDE Desktop Being Ported To Qt

The lightweight LXDE desktop will be slowly transitioning from being GTK2-based to using the Qt tool-kit.
4 July 2013 - GTK2 To Qt4/Qt5 - 111 Comments

Opera 15 Is Here, But Not Yet For Linux Users

The Norwegians announced today Opera 15, the first release of their closed-source cross-platform web-browser that's now powered by Google's Chromium/Blink engine.
3 July 2013 - Chromium-Based Opera - 38 Comments

Armada, VIA DRM Not For The Linux 3.11 Kernel

While we have known the VIA DRM/KMS driver would likely not be merged for Linux 3.11, the Armada DRM ARM driver also isn't going to be merged for this next kernel release.
1 July 2013 - Armada DRM - 1 Comment

LXDE-Based Lubuntu Will Not Ship Mir Display Server

The LXDE-based derivative of Ubuntu Linux has no plans to be using Mir, regardless of XMir or not.
29 June 2013 - Lubuntu - 71 Comments

Transmission 2.80 Offers Up Various Changes

Transmission, the multi-platform open-source BitTorrent client shipped by a number of Linux distributions, has been updated to version 2.80 and it brings with it a wide variety of changes.
27 June 2013 - Transmission 2.80 - 12 Comments

Adobe Open-Sources Flash C/C++ Compiler

Adobe announced yesterday it's open-sourcing FlasCC, a C/C++ compiler they developed for bringing C/C++ more easily to the web via Flash and AIR.
26 June 2013 - FlasCC - 14 Comments

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