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Fog: A High-Performance Alternative To Cairo

While Cairo gets much of the spotlight when it comes to a 2D vector graphics drawing library, there's another open-source project that claims to provide even faster performance and greater benefits; meet the Fog-Framework.

4 March 2012 - Fog-Framework - 7 Comments
Flashrom Update Handles Flashing More Hardware

Flashrom, the open-source update to flash your motherboard BIOS and can also modify other flash ROM chips like graphics card BIOSes, has hit version 0.9.5. With this latest release there's greater hardware support and other new capabilities.

22 February 2012 - FlashROM 0.9.5 - 3 Comments
Apache 2.4 Comes Out As Web Server On Steroids

The Apache Software Foundation officially released the Apache 2.4 today as the first major update to this leading open-source web-server in more than a half-decade. Apache 2.4 is slated to deliver superior performance to its 2.2 predecessor and better compete with the growingly-popular NGINX web-server.

21 February 2012 - Apache 2.4.1 - 4 Comments
Proposals To Split KMS & GPU Drivers, 2D Kernel API

Following a "Kernel Display and Video API Consolidation" mini-summit held at the Emebedded Linux Conference (ELC 2012) last week, Linaro and other mobile/embedded Linux stakeholders have come up with several graphics-related action items for the Linux kernel. One of the proposals is to split KMS and GPU drivers in the kernel.

21 February 2012 - ELC 2012 - Add A Comment
FOSDEM 2012 Summary, Videos To Watch

The FOSDEM 2012 conference ended two weeks ago in Brussels while this past week more of the videos from the various technical sessions were uploaded for the public.

18 February 2012 - FOSDEM - Add A Comment
The Gujin Boot-Loader Was Updated

For those wanting to do some technical exploring this weekend besides thinking about the Linux beer possibilities, version 2.8.5 of the Gujin GPL boot-loader was released a few days ago.

12 February 2012 - Gujin - 6 Comments
Demo Of The Lima Driver On The KDE Spark Tablet

The recently announced KDE Spark Tablet has an ARM Mali 400 as its graphics processor, which right now is backed by a closed-source user-space driver but that's changing thanks to the Lima driver that's providing a reverse-engineered open-source ARM Mali driver. Here's a demo of the Lima driver's Limare stack running on the KDE Spark Tablet hardware.

11 February 2012 - Limare - 33 Comments
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

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