A few days ago I wrote about a Qt5-powered web-browser inspired by Opera that's open-source and would see its first development release soon. There was lots of interest in the project with many Opera users having experienced a falling-out with the closed-source browser's recent versions. Now as of yesterday Otter Alpha 1 is available.
AnthraX, a kernel used by some for their mobile Android devices as an alternative to the stock kernels or those from other open-source Android projects for reportedly offering better performance and functionality, is still refusing to release the kernel's source-code even though it's based on the Linux kernel and subject to the terms of the GPL.
Chris Mason intends to update the btrfs-progs user-space utilities for the Btrfs file-system in conjunction with new stable Linux kernel releases.
BusyBox 1.22 is now available as the latest unstable release of "the Swiss Army Knife of the Embedded Linux." With BusyBox 1.22 comes many changes and improvements.
The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute celebrated the New Year by launching Commotion 1.0, an open-source Mesh networking tool-kit.
The DarkTable open-source photography workflow software has seen a major update to end out 2013. Version 1.4 of DarkTable brings a host of new features.
Ryan "Icculus" Gordon has spent some of his Christmas coming up with a basic, open-source Linux version of 1Password. The 1Password program is a popular desktop and mobile app for generating strong, random passwords and serving as a secure wallet for storing the passwords.
The Ruby project has done a new major release on Christmas for their popular programming language. Ruby offers performance speed-ups but without severe incompatibilities, according to the release announcement.
The VideoLAN project has announced the release of libbluray 0.5.0, the latest version of the open-source Blu-ray library. This latest release has better BD-J Java support and other new/improved features.
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.
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.
Gummiboot 41 was released this weekend with new features and was followed immediately by Gummiboot 42 to correct the build system for this open-source simple UEFI boot manager.
After Facebook developers focused non-stop on improving the performance and language parity for the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM), they have now announced their outstanding results.
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.
Lennart Poettering's former project of focus, PulseAudio, now supports the journal of his increasingly-used systemd system management daemon.
POCL, the open-source project formerly known as Portable OpenCL, will see its version 0.9 release in the next month with many improvements.
BGFX is a cross-platform rendering library that makes it easy targeting multiple versions of OpenGL and Direct3D on platforms ranging from Apple iOS to Windows to Google Native Client.
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.
After writing last week that Opus 1.1 is nearly ready, the latest stable update to the open-source royalty-free audio codec is now available!
The Creative Commons has unveiled their 4.0 next-generation licenses.
The first release candidate to Xiph.Org's Opus 1.1 open-source audio codec is now available. Should no major issues turn up, this RC release will turn into the final version.
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.
We knew it was coming and yesterday it officially arrived: Viber 4.0 is out on the desktop and it officially supports Linux.
For those not closely watching the latest upstream developments of the PostgreSQL database server, a number of changes have been made recently to advance this major open-source project.
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.
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.
Leaf was announced this weekend, which is described by its developer as "a soon to be great new programming language." The language has been in development for one year and leverages LLVM as its compiler back-end.
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.
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.
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.
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