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.
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.
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.
The Darling Project is still moving forward with its goal of being able to run Mac OS X binaries under Linux.
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.
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.
Chris Mason submitted his Btrfs pull request for the Linux 3.11 kernel and it's already been pulled into the mainline Git tree.
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.
Developers at the Igalia open-source consulting firm are currently working on porting WebKitGTK+ / WebKit2 to Wayland.
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.
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.
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.
The lightweight LXDE desktop will be slowly transitioning from being GTK2-based to using the Qt tool-kit.
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.
While we have known the VIA DRM/KMS driver would likely not be merged for Linux 3.11, the Armada DRM ARM driver also isn't going to be merged for this next kernel release.
The LXDE-based derivative of Ubuntu Linux has no plans to be using Mir, regardless of XMir or not.
Transmission, the multi-platform open-source BitTorrent client shipped by a number of Linux distributions, has been updated to version 2.80 and it brings with it a wide variety of changes.
Adobe announced yesterday it's open-sourcing FlasCC, a C/C++ compiler they developed for bringing C/C++ more easily to the web via Flash and AIR.
While there's been many Linux-related projects using the "Fastboot" coin, the Intel Linux graphics team have been working on Fastboot support in terms of a faster start process by eliminating some useless mode-sets.
Xiph.Org is now working on Daala, a new general-purpose video codec designed to be next-generation beyond VP9 and HEVC. The project is still considered "pre-pre-alpha", but it gives hope to a new generation of open-source video support.
The PHP development community announced today the release of PHP 5.5.0. The PHP 5.5 release brings with it the Zend Opcache extension, support for generators, the "finally" keyword, and other new additions to the popular scripting language.
The D programming language continues to advance and show signs of promise as a high-quality computer programming language that may eventually prove competition for C. Last month there was the 2013 D programming language conference where a lot was discussed.
Version 1.8.0 of Apache's Subversion version control system has been released.
In recent days, Samsung has been posting kernel patches pertaining to buffer synchronization support of the DMA-BUF buffer sharing mechanism.
Fluendo and Collabora are jointly announcing today that the GStreamer SDK is coming to iOS! Thanks to the work done by the two companies, iOS apps can now leverage the GStreamer framework for their multimedia needs. This is in addition to GStreamer already working on Android and all major desktop platforms.
The FLAC lossless audio codec has experienced its first major update in the better part of a decade. FLAC 1.3.0 is also the first release under Xiph.Org maintainership and comes with many new features.
The ALSA developer community has announced the release of TinyCompress 0.2.0, the small user-space library for dealing with ALSA's audio compression APIs that are present in recent Linux kernel releases.
Version 1.10.0 of Wireshark, the widely-used network protocol analyzer, has been released as stable. With this Wireshark 1.10 release comes many new and updated features.
PulseAudio 4.0 is now available and with it comes many changes to this commonly used but sometimes controversial audio server.
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