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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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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 -- 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
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