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Send/Receive Support For Btrfs Published

Experimental patches were published this week for the Btrfs file-system for "send/receive" support, which requires changes to btrfs-progs and the Btrfs kernel module that allow for creating a stream of instructions that can be replayed later.
6 July 2012 - Btrfs file-system - 9 Comments

OpenPhoneux / GTA04 Still Going As Niche Phone

The GTA04 is still being worked on and sought after by a small community of open-source enthusiasts and Linux developers as the next-generation OpenMoko platform. Unfortunately, the project has yet to really take off with success. As part of this there is the OpenPhoneux as "the future 'independent mobile handheld' project aiming at complete devices." Tomorrow also marks the four-year anniversary of the Neo FreeRunner launch.
3 July 2012 - OpenMoko - 14 Comments

One Week To DebConf 2012 Managua

Next week the annual Debian developers conference, DebConf, will begin in Managua, Nicaragua.
1 July 2012 - Debian Conference - 4 Comments

Pymothoa: JIT'ing Python Over LLVM

Here's another interesting open-source project that's leveraging LLVM to do some interesting things with the Python programming language.
30 June 2012 - Pymothoa - 4 Comments

Kinect With Qt Makes Cursor Out Of Your Hand

Microsoft's Kinect paired with the Qt tool-kit can allow using your hand as an input device, or what the developers are calling an "air cursor" for this open-source project.
27 June 2012 - Microsoft Kinect - 18 Comments

Enlightenment's EFL Gets Its Own Physics Library

The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) that power the Enlightenment window manager now has a physics component.
26 June 2012 - Enlightenment EFL - 30 Comments

Open Shading Language Continues Making Progress

Sony released the Open Shading Language in 2010 as "a small but rich language for programmable shading in advanced renderers and other applications." This simply wasn't a code drop of some no longer useful code to try to spark them some positive publicity, but OSL has kept advancing as an open-source shading language.
26 June 2012 - More Progress - 2 Comments

Freedreno 3D Driver Hits Rendering Milestone

While not as far along as the ARM Lima driver or even OpenFIMG, the open-source reverse-engineered "Freedreno" driver for Qualcomm's Snapdragon graphics hardware has hit a rendering milestone. There's also a small ARM Mali driver update.
26 June 2012 - Woohoo - 5 Comments

An Overview Of Qt 5.0 Features

For those not up to speed on the features of the Qt 5.0 tool-kit, the feature list documentation was updated last week.
25 June 2012 - Listing

DirectFB 1.6 Brings OpenGL, Android Features

After being almost a half-year late, DirectFB 1.6 has been released.
25 June 2012 - Released - 5 Comments

OpenFIMG Graphics Driver Slow To Advance

When it comes to open-source reverse-engineered ARM graphics drivers, most of what's talked about these days is the Lima driver for ARM's Mali graphics cores and then Freedreno for Qualcomm's Snapdragon, but even older than those driver initiatives has been OpenFIMG.
24 June 2012 - OpenFIMG - 2 Comments

Sponsoring Open-Source Drivers For $1 Per Day?

An idea is being kicked around within the forums about sponsoring open-source driver development for one dollar per day.
22 June 2012 - New Idea - 15 Comments

Lightworks Is Almost Ready For Linux Release

Lightworks, the high-end non-linear video editor that was open-sourced, is almost ready to finally debut on Linux.
18 June 2012 - Lightworks - 10 Comments

Skype 4.0 For Linux Officially Released

Skype 4.0 has been officially released for Linux today after being under "development" for far too long. This first major update in years for the Skype Linux client is coming one year after Microsoft acquired Skype.
14 June 2012 - Microsoft - 46 Comments

Opera 12 Web Browser Packs Many Features

The Norwegian-developed Opera web-browser is now up to version 12 and this latest major release packs many features.
14 June 2012 - New Release - 14 Comments

Magenta Pairs Linux With Darwin/BSD, Is Like iOS

Project Magenta has come about recently as a new operating system project that uses the Linux kernel with a Darwin/BSD user-space. Additionally, the project claims full binary compatibility with Apple's iOS 5.0 platform.
11 June 2012 - Magenta - 31 Comments

Chris Mason Of Btrfs Is Leaving Oracle

Chris Mason, the lead developer of the Btrfs file-system, is parting ways with Oracle.
7 June 2012 - He Leaves - 2 Comments

After 21 Alphas, Samba 4.0 Finally Enters Beta

After being in development for nearly a decade, Samba 4.0 is finally in beta.
6 June 2012 - It's Here - 3 Comments

Facebook Releases Folly C++ Open-Source Library

Facebook this week released Folly, an open-source C++ library.
3 June 2012 - Facebook - 4 Comments

ACPI Updated For The Linux 3.5 Kernel

The ACPI feature pull request for the Linux 3.5 kernel merge window was submitted on Saturday.
3 June 2012 - ACPI Updates - 14 Comments

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