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Skype Open-Source Back In Action, Breaks v5.5

After a several month hiatus, the individual(s) working to reverse-engineer Skype's binary client have successfully "deobfuscated" the Skype 5.5 release.
27 March 2012 - Reverse-Engineering - 19 Comments

Cairo 1.12 Released With Major New Features

At a time when new graphics libraries are popping up like Enesim, Fog, Azure, and others, there's a major new release of Cairo. The Cairo 1.12 2D vector graphics library was released on Friday after being in development for the past year and a half and it introduces several major features.
26 March 2012 - Cairo Rendering Library - 5 Comments

New Enlightenment EFL Package Releases

There's new releases of some key EFL -- Enlightenment Foundation Libraries -- packages. This round of Enlightenment package updates has also introduced some new components.
24 March 2012 - Enlightenment - 9 Comments

Mono 2.11 Release Brings Many Changes

Miguel de Icaza has announced the immediate release of Mono 2.11, which brings many changes for this controversial open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET platform for Linux and other operating systems.
22 March 2012 - Mono 2.11 - 82 Comments

PulseAudio 2.0 Is Set To Be Released Very Soon

While many Linux desktop enthusiasts still have nightmares concerning the early days of PulseAudio, the developers behind this common open-source audio server are planning to do a major 2.0 release before month's end.
15 March 2012 - PulseAudio 2.0 - 70 Comments

Enesim: A Flexible, Extensible Graphics Framework

Earlier this month I wrote about the Fog Framework, a high-performance graphics library alternative to the well-known Cairo. The principal developer of another open-source library, Enesim, has since written in about this project that works with the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries and focuses upon flexibility and extensibility.
12 March 2012 - Cairo, Fog Alternative - 6 Comments

DirectFB 1.6 Is Coming Soon While 2.0 Is Far-Out

Back in January the release of DirectFB 1.6 was imminent, but then the developers behind this frame-buffer project ended up dragging the release on for stabilization reasons. This month is now the project's revised target for doing the first DirectFB 1.6 stable release.
12 March 2012 - DirectFB - 2 Comments

Say Hello To Julia, A New LLVM-Based Project

Shared with the LLVM developers on Thursday was an introduction to Julia, a new fast dynamic language with the JIT compiler being built around LLVM. Julia is focused on technical computing, distributed parallel execution, cloud computing, and extensive math abilities.
9 March 2012 - Julchen - 6 Comments

APITrace 3.0 Brings Graphics Tracing Goodness

APITrace, the versatile open-source utility for tracing OpenGL calls from games and other programs, is now at version 3.0 with the introduction of several useful features.
9 March 2012 - APITrace - 3 Comments

Open-Source Skype Effort Is Dormant Or Dead

In June of last year Phoronix delivered the news that the Skype protocol was reverse-engineered and that there was already a working open-source code example for interfacing with Skype to send messages. While it seemed promising at first for potentially resulting in an open-source Skype client, the Microsoft-owned Skype vowed to take action. In the end they did go after the open-source / reverse-engineering work and now it looks like the project is dead, or at least terminally dormant.
8 March 2012 - Microsoft Won? - 26 Comments

Qt 5.0 Alpha Is Just About Two Weeks Away

Lars Knoll, the well known Norwegian open-source developer for his Qt/KDE efforts, has proposed releasing the Qt 5.0 Alpha tool-kit in just two weeks.
6 March 2012 - Qt 5.0 Alpha - 2 Comments

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

PHP 5.4 Release Brings Many Changes

PHP 5.4.0 was officially released today as a major advancement over the PHP 5.3 code-base.
1 March 2012 - PHP 5.4 - 3 Comments

Minix 3.2 Released, Uses LLVM/Clang, SMP, ELF

Minix, the open-source operating system built around a unique micro-kernel design that pre-dates Linux, is up to version 3.2 with many changes.
29 February 2012 - Minix - 49 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 - 21 Comments

LZ4 For Btrfs Arrives While Its FSCK Remains M.I.A.

The proper fsck utility for the Btrfs file-system remains M.I.A. while a contribution from an independent developer introduces LZ4 compression support to this next-generation Linux file-system.
19 February 2012 - LZ4 Compression - 22 Comments

VLC 2.0 Twoflower Media Player Released

VLC 2.0 (codenamed "Twoflower") has been released as a major update to this very popular open-source multimedia player.
19 February 2012 - VLC 2.0 - 17 Comments

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

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