Last week I wrote about some of the open-source / Linux letdowns of the year while today's article is looking at some of the positives from throughout the year.
Coming in Q1'2016 with the Phoronix Test Suite 6.2 release will be the long overdue overhaul of OpenBenchmarking.org with a brand new user-interface, restored search capabilities, and other new features.
TigerVNC, the high performance VNC server/client backed by Red Hat and others, has released version 1.6.0 to end out the year.
While this year there were many great achievements in the Linux/open-source space with a ton of new innovations, exciting free software project releases, and much more (I'll have a recap of the best of 2015 in the days ahead), there were sadly many things that didn't pan out or materialize this year. Here's a look at the open-source and Linux letdowns of 2015.
Darktable 2.0 has been released in time for editing all of your RAW holiday photos. Darktable continues to be one of the leading open-source photography for RAW images.
Last month Jolla was in very dire shape with having to go through debt restructuring and major layoffs at the company after their latest round of financing had collapsed. Fortunately, they've received a fresh round of funding to keep the company alive.
The PostgreSQL 9.5 release change-log was recently updated in Git to reflect all of the latest changes for this next version of this database server due out in 2016.
Version 0.9 of AppStream is now available. As a refresher, AppStream is a FreeDesktop.org specification backed by multiple major Linux distributions as a cross-distribution effort of standardizing Linux component metadata.
Junio Hamano announced the release this afternoon of Git 2.7.0-rc0 with 463 commits since Git 2.6.
Several Phoronix readers have written in that Hashcat -- both in its CPU and OpenCL/CUDA forms -- have been open-sourced.
Rich Geldreich, the compression expert formerly employed by Valve and now working for Unity, has written a blog post covering the future of GPU texture compression.
Andrey Ponomarenko has announced his work on ABI-Tracker, a new open-source tool for tracking ABI changes of C/C++ software projects.
The OpenSSL project made public today four new security advisories. Three of the issues are considered of moderate severity while one is low.
Version 1.1.1 of the Opus audio codec was released this past week.
It's been nearly one year since last talking about LZHAM, the lossless data compression codec designed by a former Valve developer and has been showing great potential -- particularly by game developers for compressing assets. While LZHAM news has been quiet, Rich Geldreich has still been hard at work on advancing open-source lossless compression.
Days after celebrating the project's 20th birthday, GIMP 2.9.2 has been released as the latest development snapshot towards the GIMP 2.10 image editor.
Given the news last week about Jolla going through a big round of temporary layoffs and debt restructuring, Antti Saarnio, the co-founder and Chairman of Jolla, has written an open letter about the situation.
A new version is out of HarfBuzz, the widey depended upon, open-source text shaping library.
Wireshark, the well known open-source network packet analyzer, has finally reached version 2.0!
In addition to adding some new OpenCL / CUDA tests this week to the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org, Caffe was added too as a deep learning benchmark.
KitWare announced the release today of the CMake 3.4 build system.
For PostgreSQL users, the next 9.6 release should be particularly exciting as the parallel sequential scan / parallel query support has been committed.
According to well-known open-source contributor Eric S Raymond, various "feminists" are trying to frame Linus Trovalds for sexual harassment.
A Phoronix reader wrote in to share the work on the Kakoune open-source, vim-inspired code editor he's been developing for the past four years.
Following the recent BusyBox 1.24 release, the developers behind this "Swiss Army Knife of embedded Linux" have decided to drop systemd support.
It's been over two years since the release of SDL 2.0 and 19 months since the debut of the last SDL 2.0 point release, SDL 2.0.3. However, a lot of new activity continues piling in the Git code for whenever the next Simple Directmedia Layer release might happen to benefit cross-platform gamers and other users of this library.
The Poppler PDF rendering library that's widely used by Linux programs like GNOME's Evince, LibreOffice, Inkscape, Okular, and countless other programs for PDF handling, is finally nearing support for full digital signatures and verification support.
Peter Hutterer announced the release of libinput 1.0.2, as the newest version of this input handling library used by Wayland compositors as well as optionally by the X.Org Server and forthcoming to Mir.
The next version of ownCloud, a popular open-source alternative to Dropbox for file hosting, has been released. Meet ownCloud 8.2.
SQLite 3.9.0 was released today as a significant step forward for this widely-used, self-contained database engine.
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