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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 - Add A Comment
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 - Add A Comment
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
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 - 61 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
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 - Add A Comment
Fedora To Look At Reviving Apache OpenOffice

Most Linux distributions have switched over to using LibreOffice in recent years for an office productivity suite on the Linux desktop after disturbances resulting in LibreOffice being forked from following Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems. While Fedora is one of the distributions that has been living with LibreOffice, OpenOffice may come back as an option in Fedora 19.

30 January 2013 - - 30 Comments
FOSDEM 2013 Is Coming Up This Weekend

The annual Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) is coming up this weekend in Brussels, Belgium. This is one of the best Linux and open-source events in the world.

29 January 2013 - FOSDEM 2013 - 8 Comments
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 - Add A Comment
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

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