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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

Blender 2.62 Brings New Render Engine Features

Blender 2.62 was released on Thursday with notable improvements to the Cycles Render Engine, motion tracking, the Blender Game Engine, and much more.
17 February 2012 - Blender3D - 2 Comments

The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 3.5

The LibreOffice 3.5 open-source office suite by The Document Foundation has seen a Valentine's Day release.
14 February 2012 - LibreOffice 3.5 - 8 Comments

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

Miguel de Icaza Calls For More Mono, C# Games

Miguel de Icaza presented this weekend at AltDevConf where he heavily promoted Mono and using C# for game developers.
11 February 2012 - Mono - 153 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

Open-Source ARM Mali Code Published

The initial code push has taken place for the Lima Project, which is the open-source ARM Mali graphics driver that's under development.
10 February 2012 - Lima Project - 9 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

The First Shots Of "Limare" Running On Linux

For open-source fans, here's the first shots of Limare running, in advance of the official announcement this weekend.
3 February 2012 - Lima Project - 3 Comments

Announcing The Lima Open-Source GPU Driver

There's still one week until the work will be officially announced, but the open-source "Lima" open-source graphics driver project has surfaced.
27 January 2012 - Lima - 17 Comments

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

ALSA 1.0.25 Is Out With Many Linux Audio Changes

ALSA, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, last saw a major update in February of 2011. That changed this morning when ALSA 1.0.25 was released, which is a big feature release.
25 January 2012 - ALSA - 39 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

NTFS-3G Sees Major Update w/ Faster Compression

Tuxera has released a new community version of their NTFS-3G FUSE file-system implementation. This release packs some new features.
22 January 2012 - NTFS On Linux - 10 Comments

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

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