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DMA-BUF Is Ready To Push Forward Linux Drivers

Besides the Intel chatter, Nouveau banging on OpenCL, Coreboot's less than interesting laptop, one of the other exciting meetings this past weekend in Brussels at FOSDEM was about DMA-BUF. DMA-BUF will help a range of Linux hardware drivers from embedded devices to multi-GPU desktops.

7 February 2012 - Buffer Sharing - 1 Comment
Samba 4.0 Dances Closer To Release

After a very long and exhausting development process that's been going on since 2003, while simultaneously developing the Samba 3.x series, Samba 4.0 is dancing closer to an official release this year.

26 January 2012 - Samba 4 - 9 Comments
A New Design For FUSE File-Systems

At SCALE 10x a new FUSE implementation was presented that while still having the file-system in user-space, the kernel component is now responsible for more of the work.

23 January 2012 - Caching - 1 Comment
MPlayer2 Is Still Being Actively Developed

MPlayer2 -- a fork of the popular MPlayer open-source project that's added on several new features -- has been quiet for a few months but is still being actively developed.

22 January 2012 - MPlayer Fork - 4 Comments
Plans For X.Org, Wayland At FOSDEM 2012 Are Drawn

Besides formally announcing an open-source, reverse-engineered ARM graphics driver, there's lots of pother interesting X.Org / Wayland related talks happening in two weeks at FOSDEM 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

22 January 2012 - FOSDEM - 2 Comments
Darktable For Open-Source Photography

For those less than impressed by Corel releasing some professional-grade Linux photography software earlier this month, Adobe still not providing native Linux clients for their popular applications, and haven't been fond of the major open-source photography programs out there, you may want to try out Darktable.

21 January 2012 - Open-Source - 3 Comments
Cogl, Clutter, Cogland Get It On With Wayland

With the next GNOME 3.4 development release due out on Wednesday, several GNOME3 packages are being checked-in for release. In this latest round of updates, Clutter and Cogl have both been updated again to take better advantage of the Wayland Display Server.

17 January 2012 - Wayland Display Server - 2 Comments
OpenMP May Finally Come To LLVM/Clang

Multi-threading in LLVM has been brought up and it looks like some developers may finally be taking on the challenge of bringing OpenMP support to this growing open-source compiler infrastructure.

16 January 2012 - Multi-Threading - 3 Comments
LessFS Pairs De-Duplication With Snappy Compression

Btrfs isn't the only file-system to take advantage of Google's Snappy compression as a speedy means of transparent file compression, but the LessFS file-system has also supported Snappy for the past few months. This open-source file-system also has de-duplication support.

15 January 2012 - Both Features - 5 Comments
OpenFIMG ARM Graphics Driver Is Still Active

OpenFIMG, the open-source graphics driver project that began as the GLES6410 driver for providing a full open-source 3D stack for some Samsung ARM SoCs, continues to be developed and is moving on with its OpenGL ES accelerated support.

12 January 2012 - Samsung S3C - Add A Comment
FOSDEM 2012: Four Weeks To Wayland, X.Org & Games

There's just four weeks to go until FOSDEM 2012 takes place in Brussels, Belgium. The initial schedule for this leading open-source European event is set, there's lots of interesting discussions to be had, and at least one surprise.

8 January 2012 - FOSDEM - Add A Comment
libdce: The Distributed Codec Engine

For those who became more interested in the PandaBoard ES after it was benchmarked on Phoronix last week, here's some details about the Distributed Codec Engine found on this OMAP4 platform from Texas Instruments.

3 January 2012 - OMAP4 - 4 Comments
Anything Up With OpenMoko These Days?

After writing last week about the latest open-source promise from VIA Technologies and documentation on the GPU for the Neo FreeRunner, it made me wonder what's up with OpenMoko going into 2012.

26 December 2011 - Update - 11 Comments
Qt 5 For Your Web Applications In The Browser

A Nokia developer shared this week that his Qt 5.0 patch-set for Google Native Client is roughly on par with the Qt4 port, which he hopes to have integrated for upstream development in Qt5. This work allows for the Qt5 tool-kit to be used by web applications within supported web-browsers.

24 December 2011 - Google Native Client - 4 Comments
Concept Work: Doing WebGL In Clutter's WebKit

There's proof-of-concept code now available for handling WebGL with GPU acceleration through Clutter's port of the WebKit engine. Due to limitations with Clutter, the WebGL support in WebKit as used by the GTK, Qt, and Mac OS X implementations isn't possible so a new design has been brewing.

20 December 2011 - Hacks - 1 Comment

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