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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

14 Years & Kicking: FreeDOS Is Still Alive

FreeDOS, the open-source DOS operating system, is still alive and seeing activity around the GPL-licensed project though the FreeDOS SVN code repository hasn't seen any activity in nearly one year.
29 December 2012 - FreeDOS - 16 Comments

Multi-Process Support For GTK's HTTP Back-End

Broadway, the HTML5 back-end for GTK3 that allows GTK applications to be rendered within a modern web-browser and served via a server, now has support for initiating multiple processes. The Broadway multi-process support is similar to running an X11 Server session with multiple windows.
27 December 2012 - Woohoo - 20 Comments

MorphOS Still Being Toyed With For PowerPC

MorphOS, the Amiga-compatible PowerPC operating system, is still being experimented with on PowerPC hardware. The latest effort out of the MorphOS camp is to make the operating system work on the IBM PowerPC G5.
27 December 2012 - PowerPC G5 - 24 Comments

LibreOffice 4.0 Beta 2 Is Looking Good

LibreOffice 4.0 Beta 2 was recently released as the final beta ahead of the major 4.0 release for this leading open-source office suite.
26 December 2012 - Open-Source Office - 22 Comments

Glibc 2.17 Supports 64-Bit ARM, Improved Features

Version 2.17 of the GNU C Library, glibc, was released on Christmas. This major update introduces AArch64 (64-bit ARM) architecture support and other new functionality.
26 December 2012 - GNU C Library

BLAKE2: A New Alternative To MD5 & SHA-2/SHA-3

For those interested in cryptography, BLAKE2 has been announced as a new alternative for MD5 and SHA-2/3 algorithms. The benefits of BLAKE2 is better security than MD5 while being higher performance in software.
24 December 2012 - BLAKE2 - 11 Comments

Awesome 3.5 Window Manager Released

Awesome, the dynamic X window manager written in C and Lua that started off as a fork of dwm, is out with its version 3.5 "Last Christmas" release.
24 December 2012 - Awesome - 2 Comments

ADA 2012 Is Now An ISO Standard

ADA, the 32-year-old programming language, had its latest 2012 version approved by the ISO this week.
22 December 2012 - ADA 2012 - 5 Comments

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