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Blender Becomes More Usable With 2.57 Release

Blender 2.57 has been released and while its version number may seem nonchalant, this is actually an important milestone. Blender 2.57 is the first stable Blender 2.5 release that incorporates their re-designed user-interface and is nearly feature complete.
14 April 2011 - New User-Interface - 16 Comments

Nine Years Later, NGINX 1.0 Server Released

NGINX, the open-source BSD-licensed web-server designed to be lightweight and high-performance compared to Apache, has finally reached version 1.0.
14 April 2011 - The Apache Alternative - 2 Comments

NTFS-3G Merges With NTFSprogs, Plus New Version

The NTFS-3G project, which provides a file-system driver with read/write support for Microsoft's NTFS file-system on Linux, has merged with ntfsprogs. The ntfsprogs package provides various utilities for the Linux NTFS file-system like mkntfs, ntfsclone, ntfsundelete, and ntfsdefrag. Merging NTFS-3G and ntfsprogs was the logical move and now there's a stable release of the merged software: ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs.
10 April 2011 - Plus New Version - 31 Comments

Skype 2.2 Beta For Linux Released

Two weeks ago I shared with my Twitter followers that a Skype Linux announcement would be coming soon. Today, one of the Skype Linux announcements has happened: a new beta with new features.
6 April 2011 - Skype Access, Etc - 8 Comments

Several Linux Foundation Announcements

The Linux Foundation has made a number of announcements today from the first day of the 2011 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit taking place this week in San Francisco.
6 April 2011 - LF Summit - 1 Comment

Portable C Compiler 1.0 Has Been Released

Development on the Portable C Compiler (PCC) began back in the 1970's, but this week version 1.0 of this BSD-licensed compiler was finally released.
2 April 2011 - It's Finally Here - 9 Comments

Marek Files Patches For Floating-Point In Mesa Master

Forget about the fun being had today on April Fools' Day with openSUSE / Gentoo / Arch / Debian supposedly merging to form the Centerbury Linux distribution, GNOME 3.0 being delayed until September, or hypothetical Linux disasters as there is actually some serious and important news: Marek Olšák has published his patch-set he wishes to push into Mesa master for OpenGL 3.0 floating-point textures and render-buffers support. He's pushing for this legally-iffy code to go into the mainline Mesa code-base but to block it by an opt-in --enable-texture-float build flag.
1 April 2011 - Floating-Point & Render Buffers - 27 Comments

What Would Be Disastrous For Linux, Open-Source

Rather than doing any April Fools' Jokes around here (the GNOME project is claiming GNOME 3.0 has been delayed to September), yesterday and today we're looking at a few different headlines that would cause great impact for Linux. Yesterday was looking at what announcements would greatly benefit Linux along with the community's response, but today we're looking at what would cause great harm and be disastrous to Linux and open-source software.
1 April 2011 - Could Something Kill Linux? - 44 Comments

Exciting Proposals For The Linux Community

As a follow-up to What Would Be Crazy For Linux Right Now, here are some of the interesting responses by the Phoronix community for what announcements would be pivotal for Linux and open-source.
31 March 2011 - What The Community Wants - 11 Comments

What Would Be Crazy For Linux Right Now

There's already been some to think that Postal III being pushed back and its unknown Linux fate being some early April Fools' Day joke, but unfortunately that's not the case. You won't find any April Fools' news items on Phoronix, but if there were some "crazy" Linux announcements, what would they be?
31 March 2011 - Possibilities - 67 Comments

Mac Graphics Drivers Are Still Troubled

While the Mesa / Gallium3D graphics drivers on Linux leave a lot to be desired, in terms of features, supporting the latest OpenGL specifications, and performance compared to the multi-platform proprietary Linux and Windows drivers from NVIDIA and AMD, the Mac drivers aren't too much better.
25 March 2011 - But Not As Bad As Mesa - 1 Comment

Moonlight Gets Generic GPU Video Acceleration

Miguel de Icaza, David Reveman, and their Novell team working on Mono/Moonlight began working on GPU acceleration support. This initial GPU acceleration support was largely focused on accelerating 3D transforms of objects -- just not videos, but all of the Silverlight content -- and other surfaces. They also landed a new rendering pipeline and other work. Pushed into Moonlight's Git repository today is more GPU acceleration work, but this time focusing upon optimizing Moonlight's engine for video rendering operations.
23 March 2011 - Miguel's Toy - 16 Comments

GTK+ HTML Back-End Merged For GTK+ 3.2

In November of last year we talked about an HTML5 back-end to GTK+ that allowed any GTK application to be then run from the web-browser. This work was not merged into GTK+ 3.0, but other work was, such as for supporting multiple GTK+ back-ends. Now though this HTML5 work is in a position to land with GTK+ 3.2.
17 March 2011 - Finally Here - 14 Comments

That Was Quick: Nokia Sells Qt Commercial To Digia

Following the announcement less than a month ago that Nokia and Microsoft were hooking up over Windows Phone 7 and that Qt and MeeGo would take a back-seat at Nokia, it's being announced this morning that the Qt commercial licensing business has been sold. The purchaser of the Qt commercial side is Digia.
7 March 2011 - Qt Commercial - 6 Comments

Kernel Mode-Setting, GEM, DRI Progresses On FreeBSD

BSD users can be excited this week not only for the release of FreeBSD 8.2, but their open-source graphics stack is finally beginning to catch-up with Linux too. Kernel mode-setting is finally becoming a reality with the FreeBSD kernel and with that support for the Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) memory management under BSD and updating the Intel DRI graphics driver.
25 February 2011 - Good News - 16 Comments

FreeBSD 8.2 Officially Released

While the FreeBSD 8.2 images have been on the mirrors for a few days now, the FreeBSD release engineering team has last night announced the official release of FreeBSD 8.2.
25 February 2011 - Now Available - 3 Comments

Python 3.2 Released

A major update to Python is now available. With Python 3.2 there are improvements spanning from the Python Debugger to its SSL module and behavior fixes for numeric operations.
21 February 2011 - New Python Update

Fluxbox 1.3 Released

Fluxbox, the X window manager derived from Blackbox, has reached version 1.3.
20 February 2011 - New Release - 7 Comments

SplashTop Releases Its MeeGo-based OS

While Nokia has effectively abandoned the MeeGo Linux operating system, Intel is still supporting MeeGo along with AMD and other vendors, including SplashTop. SplashTop has today announced the release of their MeeGo-based operating system.
15 February 2011 - Now Available - 7 Comments

The Latest Details On The State Of Qt & MeeGo

Yesterday's announcement of Microsoft and Nokia hooking up over Windows Phone 7 on Nokia's smart-phone has rattled the free software / Linux communities. There's more than 100 comments in our forums about this announcement and this isn't the only tech community where there are outraged customers and other parties disappointed in Nokia's decision. In particular, many are upset because with Nokia's decision it basically pushes the MeeGo Linux operating system and the Qt tool-kit to the back-seat.
12 February 2011 - Nokia & Microsoft - 23 Comments

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