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.
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.
Next week the annual Debian developers conference, DebConf, will begin in Managua, Nicaragua.
Here's another interesting open-source project that's leveraging LLVM to do some interesting things with the Python programming language.
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.
The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) that power the Enlightenment window manager now has a physics component.
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.
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.
For those not up to speed on the features of the Qt 5.0 tool-kit, the feature list documentation was updated last week.
After being almost a half-year late, DirectFB 1.6 has been released.
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.
An idea is being kicked around within the forums about sponsoring open-source driver development for one dollar per day.
Lightworks, the high-end non-linear video editor that was open-sourced, is almost ready to finally debut on Linux.
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.
The Norwegian-developed Opera web-browser is now up to version 12 and this latest major release packs many features.
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.
Chris Mason, the lead developer of the Btrfs file-system, is parting ways with Oracle.
After being in development for nearly a decade, Samba 4.0 is finally in beta.
Facebook this week released Folly, an open-source C++ library.
The ACPI feature pull request for the Linux 3.5 kernel merge window was submitted on Saturday.
For those that haven't heard, the IETF Codec Working Group has paired the technology from Skype's SILC codec with the CELT codec from Xiph.Org to form the Opus Interactive Audio Codec. This new codec can be used for VoIP, live music streaming, and more.
LinuxTag 2012 ended this weekend at the Berlin Messe in Germany.
This shouldn't come as a terrible surprise, but the Facebook Phone looks like it will be running atop Linux.
Libusb has been forked as libusbx and it appears this library for user-space USB data transfers on Linux and other operating systems is gaining traction.
Version 4 of the ownCloud open-source private cloud storage software has been released with several new features.
With the OpenMoko project being largely irrelevant these days and not vigorously pushing new software or hardware, the OpenMoko company has resorted to giving out USB IDs and MAC addresses.
The annual LinuxTag 2012 conference is happening this weekend in Berlin, Germany.
Ubuntu developers are currently exploring the possibility of using Mono AOT to reduce start-up time, allow for better memory sharing, and for greater performance optimizations.
Today's certainly an interesting day for some prominent and long-awaited Linux software events. Aside from PowerTOP 2.0, ConnMan 1.0, and the merging of Clover-G3D, PulseAudio 2.0 also made it out the door.
After a long and drawn out development cycle, PowerTOP 2.0 is finally available.
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