While many Qt developers are rejoicing today over the long awaited Qt 5.0 beta release, Nokia's Qt Brisbane office was officially shutdown today and many of these Qt experts are now without jobs.
The annual GStreamer Conference ended yesterday. Here's a summary of the Phoronix coverage from this multimedia event that also included sessions about Wayland, OpenGL/Mesa, Intel and Valve collaborating, and other interesting topics.
Besides lots of graphics talks at the GStreamer 2012 Conference, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) was talked about with a status report and mentions of some features soon to be landing in future Linux kernel releases.
More than a year ago there was a proposal for extending DRI2 to handle video support. While nothing has yet to be merged, DRI2 video support is still being sought after.
Besides the Blender modelling software and game engine being ported to Android with OpenGL ES rendering support, another interesting GSoC project for this popular open-source project was Bullet Physics Library integration.
The Haiku operating system, the open-source BeOS-compatible platform, was successful in receiving a working x86_64 port this summer. Haiku 64-bit is working, but not all applications and drivers have yet been ported.
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects this year was bringing OpenGL ES 2.0 support to the Blender Game Engine and also at the same time to port the game engine for this open-source modelling software to Android.
Next week the Linux Foundation will announce that Twitter is joining them as a member organization.
After being in development for one decade, the PixelLight cross-platform open-source 3D application framework for use by games, simulators, and other visualization environments has reached version 1.0.
The developer behind LightDM-KDE has called for merging the log-in manager into KDE Workspaces. KDM, however, will remain the default but it will become optional with LightDM-KDE being a build-time alternative.
There's several interesting Linux events taking place next week in San Diego, California that will excite many Phoronix readers.
Cogl, the direct-state 3D graphics API spawned out of the Clutter tool-kit project, has seen its first development release for the forthcoming Cogl 1.12. Many changes are introduced in this new development build.
Last week there was the release of some 1.7 alpha packages for the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), but today there's some beta packages.
Version 0.6 of POCL is now available, which is a portable OpenCL implementation that's targeting the Open Computing Language 1.2 specification.
A new release of the native ZFS file-system module implementation for the Linux kernel (not the FUSE-based ZFS) has been released by the team at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Freedreno, the reverse-engineered open-source Linux graphics driver for Qualcomm's Adreno graphics hardware, continues hitting new milestones.
There's a proposal to come up with a Qt 4.9 release, which would back-port more of the Qt 5.0 features to Qt4.
Aside from the ongoing DMA-BUF PRIME enablement work, Linux kernel developers are also still hacking on Videobuf2 with DMA-BUF support.
Prior to commencing the weekend, the Enlightenment crew released a new round of alpha releases for EFL 1.7.
Intel's GLAMOR 2D acceleration library over OpenGL is further glamorized by its new v0.5.0 release.
FlashROM 0.9.6 has been released, which is an open-source utility for reading/writing/erasing/validating flash ROM chips for BIOS/UEFI/CoreBoot/Firmware/ROM images on motherboards and other devices.
HelenOS 0.5.0 has been released, which is a micro-kernel multi-server open-source operating system.
Digia has bought out Qt from Nokia. Uh oh?
LibreOffice 3.6 was released today, which is described by the project as "the fourth major release of the best free office suite ever."
Following the MythTV 0.26 Alpha from last month, the first beta release of the MythTV 0.26 PVR/DVR open-source software is now available.
With Nokia shutting down their Qt Australia office -- and looking to sell off Qt -- this has already directly harmed the forthcoming Qt 5.0 tool-kit release.
While word crept out last night that Nokia would be closing down their Brisbane office where several of the Qt components are maintained and developed, it looks like the Qt infliction is going much further. Nokia's now reportedly trying to offload Qt entirely.
In August on Phoronix will be more benchmarks of Mesa 8.1, a Linux review of the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, OS X Mountain Lion vs. Linux benchmarks, and other interesting articles (e.g. Valve's latest Linux activities) and performance benchmark results.
PathScale is working on a new project that is internally dubbed "DogFood", it's a new integrated development environment (IDE) based upon Qt Creator but with a greater focus on C++ and other new development concepts.
Word has leaked out that Nokia will be shutting down their Brisbane Australia office next month. This is the office that's responsible for developing and maintaining several Qt components.
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