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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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