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Linux.Conf.Au 2012 Call For Papers

The 2012 Linux.Conf.Au conference will be taking place from the 16th to 20th of January. This very popular Linux conference is taking place next year in the smaller city of Ballarat, which is a few hours outside of Melbourne. The organizers behind this conference have just issued a call for presentations.

17 July 2011 - Opened Up - 1 Comment
Apple Time Machine Come To Linux, Sort Of

Apple Time Machine is a feature that was introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 nearly four years ago, which allows the automatic creation of incremental file back-ups that can be restored at a later date, either for the entire system or just an individual file. Mac OS X programs can also become Time Machine-aware themselves to take advantage of these incremental backups. Basic read-only support for better managing Apple Time Machine back-ups is now available to Linux users via a new virtual file-system aptly called the Time Machine File-System.

7 July 2011 - Read-Only FUSE Support - 7 Comments
MLAA For Mesa Is Ready For Testing

When it comes to this year's Mesa / X projects as part of Google's Summer of Code, progress is being made beyond just the OpenCL Gallium3D state tracker that's now capable of building OpenCL native kernels. Lauri Kasanen, the student developer working on Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) for Mesa, has it working!

6 July 2011 - Prost! - 56 Comments
Shed Skin: Another Way To Compile Python Code

Last week on Phoronix I wrote about Gccpy, which is an effort as part of Google's Summer of Code to develop a Python front-end to GCC that would allow compiling Python into native system binaries using the GNU Compiler Collection. This was of interest to many readers and the developer behind Gccpy, had commented in more detail in the forums. Following that news article I received an email regarding another Python compiler effort.

4 July 2011 - Open-Source Project - 2 Comments
A New Version Of Libvirt Brings Many Changes

Celebrating the US Independence Day, while many Americans are spending time with their families, drinking (usually nasty) beer and BBQ'ing, others talking to Microsoft, the Red Hat virtualization team has released a new version of libvirt. The libvirt 0.9.3 release brings many changes.

4 July 2011 - New Release - Add A Comment
The Kernel Graphics Interface (KGI) Is Effectively Dead

While the FreeBSD Foundation is now paying for Linux kernel mode-setting and GEM/TTM memory management to be ported to BSD -- and they are making some progress -- this isn't the first attempt at moving major parts of the graphics stack into the kernel. Pre-dating Linux KMS/DRM is the KGI Project, which still is technically around, but it's pretty much dead in terms of new development and any hope of the Kernel Graphics Interface reaching its goals.

3 July 2011 - Or Dormant - 5 Comments
Yet Another Open-Source Video Editor: Novacut

There's a number of open-source non-linear video editor programs that have been going for a few years, including Cinelerra, OpenShot, and PiTiVi, among others. None of these projects have been particularly promising and yet comparable to the proprietary competition in the video editing world. Lightworks is an option since it's a professional software product that was then open-sourced, but it's Linux client isn't expected until late 2011. There is though another new option coming in the Linux video world and that's Novacut. Novacut is an open-source video editor, but at least it's taking a slightly different approach than the other projects.

2 July 2011 - Novacut Video Editor - 16 Comments
Tuxera Claims NTFS Is The Fastest File-System For Linux

Coincidently there's some more file-system news after just writing about the EXT4 and Btrfs file-systems with the Linux 3.0 kernel. A Phoronix reader has pointed out that a developer at Tuxera is claiming their proprietary NTFS Linux kernel driver makes the Microsoft file-system the fastest choice under Linux. Reportedly this kernel driver that implements Microsoft NTFS support is about twice as fast as EXT4, the main Linux file-system of choice right now.

24 June 2011 - 2x Faster Than EXT4 - 142 Comments
Haiku OS Advances With New Official Release

The Haiku operating system, which seeks to be free software and implement compatibility with the BeOS platform, has now experienced its third official release in ten years of development. Haiku R1 Alpha 3 is this new official release and it offers a lot of changes.

20 June 2011 - Haiku R1 Alpha 3 - 36 Comments
More Details From The EKOPath Open-Source Launch

Yesterday we delivered the news that PathScale was open-sourcing their high-performance EKOPath compiler suite, which in previous days was talked about on Phoronix under the Dirndl codename when showing how fast this compiler was in relation to GCC. The community indeed is excited for EKOPath now being open-source (GPLv3) and in the Phoronix Forums are currently 15+ pages of comments. In this news posting are some more EKOPath details from the forums and some of what Christopher Bergström, PathScale's CTO, has relayed in our community portal.

14 June 2011 - PathScale EKOPath - Add A Comment
Major Open-Source Code Drop For XvBA, PowerVR Coming

Still trying to grasp the situation, but as I tweeted yesterday, there's some big news to deliver today beyond the AMD Llano launch. This news is that a lot of VA-API and XvBA related Linux video code is being opened up by Splitted Desktop Systems. There's also a PowerVR VA-API driver to be opened.

14 June 2011 - PowerVR Too?!? - 7 Comments
Dirndl On Intel's Sandy (Bridge) Is Hot

To some frustration, the big software announcement that's codenamed Dirndl hasn't yet hit wire. I'm told the company is deciding within the next couple of hours whether they want to issue a press release on a Friday or hold off until next week, but regardless of the day of week it will generate a lot of attention due to this game-changing move. Soon as I hear it's hit the wire, a four-page Phoronix article is in the queue.

10 June 2011 - But What Is It - 18 Comments
OpenMoko Is Still Around & They Just Launched Something

OpenMoko, one of the original projects aimed to create open-source mobile phones, is rarely heard about these days with Google's Android and Apple's iOS dominating the markets. While they had the Neo 1973 as a true Linux phone it didn't sell too much nor its successor, the OpenMoko FreeRunner, which is still available for purchase. Aside from phones, OpenMoko had developed the WikiReader as a mobile device that's capable of reading Wikipedia articles without a persistent Internet connection. Today they've also announced their latest project: Shiftd.

9 June 2011 - Something Weird - Add A Comment
Pidgin 2.8 Program Officially Released

Pidgin, the popular open-source instant messaging program formerly known as GAIM, has just reached version 2.8. The main web-site has not yet been updated to reflect Pidgin 2.8, but this is an exciting release with a number of new features.

7 June 2011 - New Improvements - 8 Comments
Skype To Take Action Against Reverse-Engineering

Yesterday we reported on a freelance researcher reverse-engineering the Skype protocol and beginning to write open-source code that would work with this popular VoIP network. A representative of Skype has now contacted Phoronix to inform us they will be taking "all necessary steps" to stop this effort.

3 June 2011 - Emails Phoronix - 46 Comments
LibreOffice 3.4 Meets The World

News of Oracle handing over to the Apache Software Foundation isn't the only open-source office news this week; The Document Foundation has just announced the official release of LibreOffice 3.4.

3 June 2011 - New Release - 18 Comments
The Skype Protocol Was Reverse-Engineered

While many Linux users are upset that Microsoft's buying out Skype and that the Free Software Foundation's GNU Free Call hasn't matured much in being a reliable replacement to Skype (not all of the FSF projects move along), there is some interesting news this morning: an independent researcher has reverse-engineered the Skype protocol.

2 June 2011 - v1.4 Protocol - 15 Comments
The Light Begins To Shine On Qt 4.8

While many users and developers are already looking forward to Qt 5, which will be released in the next calendar year, as a stepping stone towards that milestone is Qt 4.8.

25 May 2011 - Not Qt 5 - 3 Comments
OpenGL ES 2.0 Support For Compiz, KWin, Cairo

There's been a lot of references this week at UDS Budapest to OpenGL ES support since this version of OpenGL is what's predominantly supported on ARM/embedded devices. There's already been talk of OpenGL ES support in QEMU, among other projects. OpenGL ES 2.0 support is also coming to the Compiz and KWin compositing window managers. An OpenGL ES 2.0 back-end for Cairo was also brought up separately.

12 May 2011 - OpenGL - 13 Comments
ApiTrace 1.0 Released: A Great Way To Debug Graphics

José Fonseca and Zack Rusin have spent the last several months writing ApiTrace, which formerly was known as GLretrace. This is meant to be a powerful utility to debug OpenGL and Direct3D graphics applications and drivers. It allows you to easily capture the graphics API calls, analyze them in a step-by-step manner, and to playback traces at a later point. ApiTrace also allows for real-time editing of shaders and other OpenGL/Direct3D calls to see their impact on the rendering and drivers.

27 April 2011 - New Release - 3 Comments
DragonflyBSD 2.10 Improves Hardware Support

While there's many Linux users looking forward towards the release of Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" tomorrow, having been released yesterday to the BSD world is DragonflyBSD 2.10.1.. This update to the DragonflyBSD operating system contains greater hardware support, including for multi-processor systems, among other enhancements.

27 April 2011 - New BSD - 9 Comments
DirectX Video Acceleration For MPlayer

Part of the beauty of open-source software is that anyone is free to work on whatever code they wish. For some developers this means working on open-source graphics drivers for old GPUs, for some it may be working on a game or desktop application, and for others it may mean bringing Microsoft DXVA support to open-source multi-media software. There's now a branch of MPlayer that supports Microsoft's DirectX Video Acceleration API.

23 April 2011 - DXVA Support - 6 Comments
Tesseract: A New Way To Interactively Explore Open-Source

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced Tesseract to the GNOME community. Tesseract is a new tool they have developed at this American university to "explore project archives and their underlying dependencies such as file dependencies, developer communications, and bugs visually and interactively." In developing Tesseract, which will eventually be open-sourced, they used the GNOME project's Rhythmbox as a guinea pig for testing.

22 April 2011 - From The Academic World - 4 Comments
GIMP 2.8 May Not Come Until Late November

GIMP 2.7.2 was released last week as a development stop in the road to GIMP 2.8, which itself was supposed to be released last December. But with the single-window user-interface lagging behind along with other work, GIMP 2.8 development dragged along with its limited number of core developers. It looked like it would just be a few more months until 2.8 was released, but with v2.7.2 just arriving, that's not likely to happen. Based upon a new tool developed by one of the GIMP developers, the 2.8 release isn't estimated to occur until the end of November.

18 April 2011 - A New Way To Estimate - Add A Comment
Audacity 1.3.13 Improves The Open Audio Scene

It's just not open-source graphics programs dropping new releases this week like GIMP and Blender, but in the open-source audio editing scene there's also work taking place. The Audacity team just released version 1.3.3 of their popular audio editing application.

17 April 2011 - Audacity Audio Editing Program - 1 Comment
GIMP 2.7.2 Arrives, But Still Far From Belated GIMP 2.8

Blender isn't the only free software graphics application moving along (they just released their first stable 2.5 build), but work towards GIMP 2.8 is also moving along. Though in GIMP's case, the work has been moving along rather slowly. GIMP 2.8 was supposed to come last December and that deadline was clearly missed. At that point it looked like it was perhaps just a few months away, but only now is GIMP 2.7.2 even being released.

15 April 2011 - New Features - 36 Comments

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