For those curious about first-hand stories of using Btrfs in a production environment, Alan Pope of Canonical has written about his positive experiences in running Btrfs on a production server for more than the past year.
HPN-SSH is a high performance SSH/SCP implementation coming out of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The code to HPN-SSH is released as a patch-set atop OpenSSH.
The Feedbin RSS feed reader was open-sourced today.
For those relying upon the widely-used SQLite relational database system, version 3.8.0 is now available with support for partial indexes, the Next Generation Query Planner (NGQP), new pragmas, and other features.
Viber Media has released a native Linux client of their popular software for making free calls, texts, and picture sharing. The free Viber service is now officially supported on Fedora and Ubuntu, among other Linux distributions.
Rob Clark has updated his Wiki-based documentation for the Freedreno driver project, the reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno/Snapdragon graphics support. The update includes detailing Qualcomm's A3xx shader instruction set.
Facebook's engineers responsible for developing HHVM, a high performance version of PHP, are preparing for a new release of this virtual machine to happen next month. This new release has even faster performance while delivering greater functionality.
A new release of ZFSOnLinux is now available, the native ZFS file-system implementation for the Linux kernel that's maintained as an out-of-tree kernel module.
Git 1.8.4 has been released to end out the week by shipping many new features, fixes, and improvements for this open-source version control system.
Btrfs-progs serves as the user-space utilities to the Btrfs file-system. It's been a long time since seeing a btrfs-progs release, but we might finally be seeing a new update soon and it could be called version 1.0.
Debian-based Linux distributions are in a bit of a mess with their support for JSON over what appears to be a bit of a silly license issue.
The controversial Mono project for implementing various Microsoft frameworks as open-source on Linux and other operating systems, continues to gain new features and support. Miguel de Icaza has delivered an update on some of the recent Mono work.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon DRM/KMS graphics driver for the Linux kernel is still being revised and looks like it's being taken serious enough that it will be mainlined in due time.
Enlightenment E19 is making good progress and will be shown off at LinuxCon Europe in October, along with "Project BURRITO", a high-end demo showing off capabilities of the Enlightenment Compositor.
Pipelight is a new open-source project for getting Microsoft Silverlight applications to run within web-browsers on Linux, including the widely sought after Netflix Player on Linux.
Back in June, Phoronix was the first to report of a native exFAT file-system implementation for Linux that appeared on GitHub. It later turned out that Samsung accidentally leaked their exFAT source code. The solution has now been corrected with Samsung formally open-sourcing their exFAT source code.
Parted Magic, the popular lightweight live Linux environment for managing hard drive partitions through GParted and Parted, looks like it's now behind a pay wall, but that's not entirely the case.
Version 2.18 of glibc is available and with it comes a host of new features, new architectures are supported, and various bug-fixes.
Version 0.8 of POCL, the Portable Computing/OpenCL Language implementation, is now available. POCL continues to be focused on producing an efficient open-source implementation of the OpenCL 1.2 and 2.0 specifications.
SDL 2.0, the library used by many games and other applications for simple and cross-platform interaction with graphics/sound/input devices, will finally see an official release this week!
The OpenMP 4.0 specification has been unveiled as a major new specification for programming of accelerators, SIMD programming, and better optimization using thread affinity.
MPV is yet another fork of the mplayer/mplayer2 code-base, but it does at least offer up some changes over the code currently found in MPlayer2.
GNOME has two new components for the upcoming GNOME 3.10 release: Maps and Geoclue2. These two GNOME packages saw their first official releases this week.
PyPy, a fast yet compliant implementation of Python, has ARM Just-In-Time compiler support with today's version 2.1 release.
The KTAP scripting dynamic tracing tool for Linux has seen its second major release.
The out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system has been updated so it can be used with the stable Linux 3.10 kernel series.
The Tux3 Linux BTree-based file-system that isn't yet mainline in the Linux kernel is continuing to focus on new features and capabilities.
Last month Xiph.Org presented Daala, a next-generation open-source video codec. While there's still a lot of work to see how Daala will ultimately perform and compare in terms of adoption to the next-gen VP9 and H.265/HEVC codecs, it's continuing to show promise.
Git 1.8.4-rc0 was released this week and with it comes all of the latest innovations for this leading open-source distributed version control system.
It's been a while since hearing anything out of the once very promising MythTV project. This week though they have issued their MythTV 0.27 release as the code-base goes into a soft-freeze for doing an official release in the months ahead.
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