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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
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
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, 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
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
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
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 5.4.0 was officially released today as a major advancement over the PHP 5.3 code-base.
1 March 2012 - PHP 5.4 - 3 Comments
Minix, 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, 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
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
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
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 (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
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 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 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
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 presented this weekend at AltDevConf where he heavily promoted Mono and using C# for game developers.
11 February 2012 - Mono - 153 Comments
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
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