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VESA BIOS Extension DRM Kernel Driver Released

David Herrmann, the open-source developer that has made it a personal crusade to kill the Linux kernel console and to replace it with a user-space solution, has published the code to a new DRM kernel mode-setting driver. This new kernel driver is a generic VESA BIOS Extension DRM implementation like the vesafb VESA frame-buffer driver.
27 January 2013 - David Herrmann

Compton Compositing Window Manager Slows Down

The development pace of Compton, a lightweight compositing window manager for X11, has slowed down.
27 January 2013 - Compton - 11 Comments

ITU Approves H.265 / HEVC Video Codec

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Friday granted first-stage approval for H.265, a.k.a. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), as the successor to the widely-used H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC video codec.
26 January 2013 - H.264 Successor - 19 Comments

Btrfs Still Working To Address Corruption Issue

Another bug-fix pull request was sent in on Tuesday for the Btrfs file-system in the yet-to-be-released Linux 3.8 kernel. Chris Mason notes that he's still working out an older CRC corruption issue.
23 January 2013 - Btrfs CRC Corruption - 3 Comments

BusyBox 1.21.0 Is Busy With Many Changes

BusyBox, the lightweight open-source project that provides several Unix/Linux tools in a single executable for POSIX systems, had its first unstable release in the 1.21 series on Monday.
22 January 2013 - BusyBox - 1 Comment

An Open-Source exFAT Implementation Reaches v1.0

Microsoft's exFAT is a file-system designed for flash drives and is supported on Windows XP and later. The exFAT file-system has been around for a few years, but an open-source version hasn't been quick to come since the Microsoft project is proprietary and encumbered by patents. This weekend, a FUSE-based version of exFAT has reached version 1.0.
21 January 2013 - Microsoft exFAT - 33 Comments

Freedreno Gallium3D Now Handles Running XBMC

While the Freedreno driver was only born last April as an open-source reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno/Snapdragon graphics driver, its Gallium3D driver is already onto handling the XBMC multimedia player.
20 January 2013 - Freedreno Gallium3D - 8 Comments

ELF Executable Signing/Verification Comes For Linux

Vivek Goyal of Red Hat has published the initial Linux patches for implementing ELF executable signing and verification. This support is similar to Linux kernel module signature verification and is necessitated with the arrival of SecureBoot.
16 January 2013 - ELF Executable - 22 Comments

JPEG Library Update Raises Compatibility Concerns

This week brought the release of IJG's libjpeg v9 library, which brought noticeable lossless JPEG compression improvements so that it can even surpass PNG images on the compress lossless image size. While the improvements are nice, backwards incompatible changes with this JPEG library are causing concern for some users and developers.
15 January 2013 - JPEG Turbo - 13 Comments

Kolab 3.0 Open-Source Groupware Software Released

Version 3.0 of the Kolab Groupware software has been released. Kolab 3.0 features a new modern web-client, integrates better into existing user directory setups, improves security and scalability, plus has a lot more features over the old Kolab 2.x series.
15 January 2013 - Kolab Software - 1 Comment

Libjpeg 9 Does Better Lossless JPEG Compression

Version 9 of the libjpeg library from the Independent JPEG Group has been released. This version of the JPEG library is said to noticeably improve the lossless JPEG compression support even to the point that libjpeg can now output compressed lossless JPEGs of smaller size than PNG images.
14 January 2013 - Libjpeg 9 - 12 Comments

EnhanceIO: New Solid State Drive Caching For Linux

A commercial company has opened up their Linux driver that is based upon their SSD (Solid-State Drive) caching software product. This code is designed to use SSDs as cache devices for traditional rotating hard drives. This new SSD caching driver is based upon Facebook's Flashcache.
13 January 2013 - SSD Caching Drive - 8 Comments

Snowshoe: New Cross-Platform Web-Browser On Qt5, WebKit2

Snowshoe is a new open-source project that's a cross-platform web-browser built atop the Qt5 tool-kit and relies upon WebKit2 for its rendering engine. However, its multiple user-interfaces is what distinguishes Snowshoe from many of the other open-source web-browsers.
11 January 2013 - Snowshow - 24 Comments

Etnaviv: An Open-Source Driver For Vivante GPUs

Etnaviv is a new open-source project for building a user-space graphics driver for controlling the Vivante GPUs found in some ARM SoCs. The ultimate goal is to create a new Mesa/Gallium3D driver for this graphics core.
11 January 2013 - Etnaviv - 1 Comment

Lightworks Re-Opens Its Linux Alpha For Testing

Lightworks, the professional non-linear video editing software that has been talked about for years as coming to Linux, is re-opening its Linux Alpha program to solicit additional testing.
10 January 2013 - Lightworks Alpha - 10 Comments

C++11 Support In Qt 5.0

Here's some information about the C++11 usage within the recently released Qt 5.0 tool-kit.
5 January 2013 - C++11 Qt5 - 4 Comments

Apache Puts Out Cassandra 1.2 NoSQL Database

The Apache Software Foundation has announced the release of Cassandra. Version 1.2 of the Cassandra big data "NoSQL" distributed database introduces several new features to the open-source project.
2 January 2013 - Apache Cassandra - 6 Comments

Git 1.8.1 Released

To succeed the feature-rich Git 1.8 release, Git 1.8.1 was released on New Year's Eve with a few new features.
1 January 2013 - Git 1.8.1

Simon 0.4.0 Speech Recognition System Released

Version 0.4.0 of the Simon open-source speech recognition system has been released. This release, which represents years of development, brings many improvements.
1 January 2013 - Simon 0.4.0 - 3 Comments

2013 Is Going To Be The Year Of Linux Gaming

While at the start of every year there's always individuals making predictions about "the year of the Linux desktop", for 2013 at least it looks like it will actually be the year of gaming on Linux. Everything is coming together quite nicely to make 2013 the most exciting year ever for Linux gaming.
29 December 2012 - Linux Gaming - 16 Comments

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