Matthew Garrett has provided some insight regarding some of the problems still outstanding for Linux to handle UEFI Secure Boot.
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.
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.
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.
DirectFB 1.6 is about to be released this month and it will bring new features to the Direct Frame-Buffer project.
There's just one week left until the SCALE 10x open-source Linux event takes place in Los Angeles.
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.
If the GIMP isn't cutting it for your photo needs or running Adobe Photoshop Lightroom within Wine isn't working out, Corel has released professional-grade photo software for Linux.
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.
For those that haven't heard yet, FreeDOS 1.1 has been released after being in development for several years.
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.
Scribus, one of the leading open-source desktop publishing suites, is out with version 1.4. This new version of Scribus comes after several years of development and thousands of changes.
Avidemux, one of the open-source non-linear video editing applications, ended 2011 on a high note with the release of Avidemux 2.5.6.
Calculate Linux, the popular Gentoo-based Linux distribution from Russia, is out with their 11.12 release.
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.
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.
The Haiku OS project, the open-source BeOS-compatible oprating system, is looking towards mainline Mesa support for its graphics driver needs.
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.
The Clutter tool-kit and Cogl (Clutter's OpenGL component) have been updated to work against the latest Wayland Display Server code-base.
A new feature release of the popular Blender modelling software is now available.
There's a new GIMP 2.7 development release available that brings user-interface improvements and may be the last release before the GIMP 2.8 release candidates.
Development on the Qt 5 tool-kit under the Qt Project is coming along in earnest as it gears up for release in 2012. Committed recently were some input improvements for Qt 5.
The libbluray project put out its first official release a few weeks ago. This open-source (GNU GPLv2) library is intended to support Blu-Ray disc playback by media players such as VLC and MPlayer.
Taking a break from their holiday Lutefisk and Akvavit, the Norwegian developers at Opera Software put out version 11.60 of their popular cross-platform web-browser. Opera 11.60 is an interim step until Opera 12 is ready, which is still being worked on due to GPU hardware acceleration issues. Opera 11.60 meanwhile delivers on many of the Opera 12 features.
GIMP 2.8 is finally inching closer to seeing the light of day.
CinePaint, an open-source paint/image program, has reached version 1.0.
The Clutter port of WebKit now has better video support and can handle accelerated compositing.
Back in September it was said that the open-source Lightworks video editor would ship for Linux in November, but this has turned out to not be the case.
Anzwix will soon be publicly accessible.
While the GNOME and KDE projects are still working towards making their desktops run on the Wayland Display Server rather than an X.Org Server, the Enlightenment project is also working towards bringing E17 window manager and libraries to Wayland. In fact, they have the first visible signs of success!
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