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Git 1.8.1 Adding New Features, Fixes

One month after Git 1.8.0 was released, Git 1.8.1 is now being prepared with several new features as well as fixes.
4 December 2012 - Git 1.8.1

FlashFire: Buffer-Based Write Reordering For SSDs

FlashFire is a buffer-based write reordering layer for SSDs on Linux, which can lead to greater disk performance for flash-based storage devices.
3 December 2012 - Write Reordering Layer - 3 Comments

Qt 5.0 Release Still Planned By Year's End

Lars Knoll has laid out his plans for branching the Qt 5.0 code-base and seeing the long-awaited update to the popular open-source toolkit see the light of day before year's end.
28 November 2012 - Qt 5.0

Enlightenment E17 Alpha 6 Packs Many Changes

It's time yet again for another Enlightenment E17 Alpha release. It's only been four days since E17 Alpha 5 but there is now already E17 Alpha 6 with a huge number of changes.
28 November 2012 - E17 Alpha 6

LibreOffice 4.0 Alpha 1 Is Freed For Testing

For those interested in testing out a new open-source office suite this holiday weekend, LibreOffice 4.0 Alpha 1 was quietly tagged this week.
24 November 2012 - LibreOffice - 54 Comments

Enlightenment E17 Alpha 5 Works On Its Default Theme

New Enlightenment E17 Alpha releases are coming out at a record pace considering that it's taken a decade to get to the first alpha stage. E17 Alpha 4 came just three days ago and there's already a fifth alpha now available.
24 November 2012 - Enlightenment E17 - 7 Comments

Jolla Presents Sailfish OS MeeGo-Fork

Jolla, the Finnish company that was formed by many ex-Nokia employees that were responsible for their MeeGo work and the Nokia N9 smart-phone until Nokia jumped in bed with Microsoft for the Windows Phone, finally showcased its Linux OS today: Sailfish, a fork of MeeGo Linux.
21 November 2012 - Jolla - 26 Comments

Enlightenment E17 Alpha 4 Released

Just a couple days after the release of E17 Alpha 3 there is a fourth alpha version of the forthcoming Enlightenment release.
21 November 2012 - New Release - 6 Comments

Gentoo Developers Unhappy, Fork udev

The udev code-base has been forked by Gentoo Linux developers after they -- and other parties -- have been unhappy with the future direction of udev as set by systemd developers.
16 November 2012 - Udev Forked - 96 Comments

Netflix Comes To Linux Via Silverlight On Patched Wine

Netflix video streaming is now available on Linux through the use of Wine. When running a specially patched version of Wine in conjunction with the Microsoft Windows versions of Firefox and Microsoft Silverlight, Netflix can now do Internet video streaming to the Linux desktop.
15 November 2012 - Netflix - 21 Comments

CGit Maintainer Disappears, Security Hole Found

The maintainer behind the open-source CGit project, the popular web front-end to viewing Git repositories, disappeared some months ago. Since then a new maintainer has taken over work on this widely-used software while also discovering a nasty security hole that allows arbitrary command execution. A new CGit release has now occurred under the new leadership to address this problem.
15 November 2012 - Disappearance - 6 Comments

Canonical Releases Upstart 1.6

While most Linux distributions have moved on to using systemd as their init daemon replacement, Canonical is still investing in their Upstart init daemon for Ubuntu. Upstart 1.6 has now been released and it presents several new features.
15 November 2012 - Ubuntu Job Supervisor - 69 Comments

Skype 4.1 For Linux Released

Microsoft has released Skype 4.1 for Linux.
14 November 2012 - Skype 4.1 - 33 Comments

Enlightenment E17 Alpha 2 Released

With preparing to release Enlightenment E17 at the end of December, a second alpha release of the window manager is now available.
14 November 2012 - Enlightenment E17

Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4 Is Now Available

For those into the Haiku operating system, an open-source re-make of BeOS, the fourth alpha of its first release is now available. It's been nearly one and a half years since the Haiku Release 1 Alpha 3, so there's a lot of changes with this latest installment.
12 November 2012 - Haiku OS - 12 Comments

Lightworks Is Not As Open As Some Would Like

Lightworks has been talked about for the past two years as an open-source video editor and the Linux client was delayed multiple times. Lightworks ended up beginning a very limited alpha last month, but not everyone is happy.
11 November 2012 - Lightworks - 34 Comments

E17 Release Day Set For 21 December 2012

Following the first E17 Alpha release earlier this week, more details have emerged about the future direction of Enlightenment and the long-awaited official release.
10 November 2012 - Enlightenment E17 - 6 Comments

Qt 5.0 Is Getting Into Shape On Android

The Android port of the Qt tool-kit is coming together quite nicely with Qt 5.0.
9 November 2012 - Qt5 Android

Opera 12.10 Browser Improves Extensions

The Norwegians have released Opera 12.10 this morning. While Windows and Mac OS X improvements are the primary focus of improvements for this release, an updated Linux version is also available.
6 November 2012 - Opera Web - 22 Comments

Tizen's Dawati Shell Has Gone Dormant

Dawati was an interesting desktop shell for the Tizen operating system that was pulled from the MeeGo project, but work on the project has more or less been halted for the past six months.
3 November 2012 - Dawati

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