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Open-Source Blu-ray Decryption Library For Linux

Some days ago there was an update released to VideoLAN's libbluray Blu-ray library that began supporting BD-J Java and other new functionality. Making news now is another but separate open-source Blu-ray news.

2 January 2014 - libdbplus - 42 Comments
Opera-Like Otter Web Browser Out In Alpha Form

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.

2 January 2014 - Otter Browser - 13 Comments
AnthraX Linux Kernels Remain Closed Source

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.

2 January 2014 - AnthraX Kernel - 114 Comments
Ryan Gordon Makes Linux Version Of 1Password

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.

26 December 2013 - 1Password - 10 Comments
Ruby 2.1 Brings Faster Performance

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.

25 December 2013 - Ruby 2.1.0 - 1 Comment
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
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

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