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ALSA's TinyCompress Audio Library Gets A Release

Today marks the first tagged release of TinyCompress, a user-space library that takes advantage of ALSA Compressed APIs that were recently introduced in the mainline Linux kernel. This library allows for feeding compressed data like MP3 files directly to ALSA compressed audio devices. This allows for offloading more of the audio playback process to supported audio hardware.
24 February 2013 - ALSA TinyCompress - 8 Comments

Ruby 2.0 Released As Stable

Version 2.0.0 of the Ruby programming language has now been deemed stable.
24 February 2013 - Ruby 2.0 - 2 Comments

MINIX 3.2.1 Brings More Polish, Better User-Space

As pointed out in the forums, the MINIX 3.2.1 micro-kernel operating system has been officially released.
22 February 2013 - MINIX 3.2.1 - 8 Comments

Linux Sound To Be Improved In 3.9 Kernel

Takashi Iwai has mailed in the sound updates for the Linux 3.9 kernel. This Git pull has the much anticipated HDA Intel audio re-work.
21 February 2013 - Linux Sound Improvements - 3 Comments

Blender 2.66 Adds New Modes, Physics, Hair Rendering

It's been two months since the release of Blender 2.65, but now Blender 2.66 has surfaced and it incorporates a whole lot of new functionality.
21 February 2013 - Blender 2.66 - 3 Comments

Xamarin 2.0, Their New Code IDE Is Not For Linux

Xamarin, the company founded by Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza for driving the development of Mono, has introduced a new Integrated Development Environment (IDE). They have also introduced a Component Store and made other changes for what they are calling Xamarin 2.0.
20 February 2013 - Xamarin - 38 Comments

Git 1.8.2 Gets New Features, Ported To QNX

The second point release in the Git 1.8 series will introduce several new end-user features and support for new operating systems.
17 February 2013 - Git 1.8.2 - 1 Comment

SystemTap 2.1 Released With 40+ Features, Bug Fixes

SystemTap, the RedHat-backed dynamic instrumentation software for Linux as an alternative to DTrace, is up to version 2.1. The SystemTap 2.1 release has more than 400 commits and takes care of some 40 features/bug-fixes.
13 February 2013 - SystemTap 2.1

FOSDEM 2013: Lots Of Wine, X.Org & Micro-Kernels

With the publishing this morning of the article about the state of the HelenOS micro-kernel, all of my notes from this year's Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) have been published along with information on the other interesting tracks that happened during this event that brings thousands of open-source developers from around the world to Brussels, Belgium for one weekend. Here's a recap of all that happened at FOSDEM 2013.
11 February 2013 - FOSDEM 2013

HelenOS Micro-Kernel OS Still Marching On

While not one of the most well known multi-server micro-kernel operating systems compared to GNU Hurd and others, HelenOS continues to move forward as a general purpose BSD-licensed operating system that dances to its own beat.
11 February 2013 - HelenOS - 11 Comments

Enlightenment E18 Might Be Released This Year

The famed developer behind the Enlightenment window manager, "Rasterman", shared that Enlightenment E18 might be released this Christmas. While it took more than one decade to release Enlightenment E17, they're looking at now getting into the swing of doing a major release every year.
9 February 2013 - Enlightenment E18 - 10 Comments

LibreOffice 4.0 Released With Immense Changes

The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice 4.0 this morning.
7 February 2013 - Immense Changes - 47 Comments

Calligra 2.6 Released

Version 2.6 of the KDE-focused Calligra office suite was released today.
5 February 2013 - Calligra 2.6 - 20 Comments

Microsoft Looking At Office For Linux In 2014

It seems thanks to the increasing market-share of Android devices and the rise of Linux on the desktop thanks to the many commercial Linux gaming initiatives that have been shared in recent months, Microsoft is being forced to take a serious look at Linux and a meaningful look at releasing their popular Office software for Linux in 2014.
5 February 2013 - Microsoft Office 2014 - 62 Comments

Oracle Releases MySQL 5.6 To Improve NoSQL, Performance

While there's many in the open-source community that remain unhappy with Oracle, including the direction of the MySQL database server to the point that Fedora will now ship MariaDB instead, MySQL 5.6 was released this morning by the software giant.
5 February 2013 - MySQL 5.6 - 3 Comments

The Passing Of An Open-Source GPU Driver Developer

A lot of exciting information was learned at FOSDEM from Wine on Android to Freedreno Gallium3D moving along to the open-source Tegra driver, but on a more grim note, a well known open-source graphics driver developer had passed away.
4 February 2013 - McFadden - 21 Comments

RAID 5/6 Support Finally Comes To Btrfs

It's been a long time coming, but the Btrfs file-system now finally supports RAID 5 and RAID 6 configurations for the next-generation Linux file-system.
4 February 2013 - Btrfs RAID 5/6 - 15 Comments

Performance Counters Stuck For Linux GPU Drivers

While it mostly concerns developers, another current shortcoming of the open-source Linux graphics drivers is the lack of suitable performance counters support.
2 February 2013 - Performance Counters - 6 Comments

Linaro Puts Out Its First Release Of 2013

Linaro 13.01 was released today as their first ARM-focused Linux release of this calendar year.
1 February 2013 - Linaro 13.01

Linux Foundation Still Prepping Its Secure Boot Loader

As another UEFI SecureBoot related article this morning aside from the three hardware vendors causing a hardware mess on Linux, James Bottomley wrote an update about the work the Linux Foundation is doing on its SecureBoot loader.
1 February 2013 - Linux Foundation

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