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Pidgin, the popular open-source instant messaging program formerly known as GAIM, has just reached version 2.8. The main web-site has not yet been updated to reflect Pidgin 2.8, but this is an exciting release with a number of new features.
7 June 2011 - New Improvements - 8 Comments
Yesterday we reported on a freelance researcher reverse-engineering the Skype protocol and beginning to write open-source code that would work with this popular VoIP network. A representative of Skype has now contacted Phoronix to inform us they will be taking "all necessary steps" to stop this effort.
3 June 2011 - Emails Phoronix - 46 Comments
News of Oracle handing over OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation isn't the only open-source office news this week; The Document Foundation has just announced the official release of LibreOffice 3.4.
3 June 2011 - New Release - 18 Comments
While many Linux users are upset that Microsoft's buying out Skype and that the Free Software Foundation's GNU Free Call hasn't matured much in being a reliable replacement to Skype (not all of the FSF projects move along), there is some interesting news this morning: an independent researcher has reverse-engineered the Skype protocol.
2 June 2011 - v1.4 Protocol - 15 Comments
While many users and developers are already looking forward to Qt 5, which will be released in the next calendar year, as a stepping stone towards that milestone is Qt 4.8.
25 May 2011 - Not Qt 5 - 3 Comments
There's been a lot of references this week at UDS Budapest to OpenGL ES support since this version of OpenGL is what's predominantly supported on ARM/embedded devices. There's already been talk of OpenGL ES support in QEMU, among other projects. OpenGL ES 2.0 support is also coming to the Compiz and KWin compositing window managers. An OpenGL ES 2.0 back-end for Cairo was also brought up separately.
12 May 2011 - OpenGL - 13 Comments
Microsoft is buying out Skype, it's been confirmed, at a price of over $8 billion USD.
10 May 2011 - Oh No - 53 Comments
José Fonseca and Zack Rusin have spent the last several months writing ApiTrace, which formerly was known as GLretrace. This is meant to be a powerful utility to debug OpenGL and Direct3D graphics applications and drivers. It allows you to easily capture the graphics API calls, analyze them in a step-by-step manner, and to playback traces at a later point. ApiTrace also allows for real-time editing of shaders and other OpenGL/Direct3D calls to see their impact on the rendering and drivers.
27 April 2011 - New Release - 3 Comments
While there's many Linux users looking forward towards the release of Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" tomorrow, having been released yesterday to the BSD world is DragonflyBSD 2.10.1.. This update to the DragonflyBSD operating system contains greater hardware support, including for multi-processor systems, among other enhancements.
27 April 2011 - New BSD - 9 Comments
Part of the beauty of open-source software is that anyone is free to work on whatever code they wish. For some developers this means working on open-source graphics drivers for old GPUs, for some it may be working on a game or desktop application, and for others it may mean bringing Microsoft DXVA support to open-source multi-media software. There's now a branch of MPlayer that supports Microsoft's DirectX Video Acceleration API.
23 April 2011 - DXVA Support - 6 Comments
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced Tesseract to the GNOME community. Tesseract is a new tool they have developed at this American university to "explore project archives and their underlying dependencies such as file dependencies, developer communications, and bugs visually and interactively." In developing Tesseract, which will eventually be open-sourced, they used the GNOME project's Rhythmbox as a guinea pig for testing.
22 April 2011 - From The Academic World - 4 Comments
GIMP 2.7.2 was released last week as a development stop in the road to GIMP 2.8, which itself was supposed to be released last December. But with the single-window user-interface lagging behind along with other work, GIMP 2.8 development dragged along with its limited number of core developers. It looked like it would just be a few more months until 2.8 was released, but with v2.7.2 just arriving, that's not likely to happen. Based upon a new tool developed by one of the GIMP developers, the 2.8 release isn't estimated to occur until the end of November.
18 April 2011 - A New Way To Estimate
It's just not open-source graphics programs dropping new releases this week like GIMP and Blender, but in the open-source audio editing scene there's also work taking place. The Audacity team just released version 1.3.3 of their popular audio editing application.
17 April 2011 - Audacity Audio Editing Program - 1 Comment
Blender isn't the only free software graphics application moving along (they just released their first stable 2.5 build), but work towards GIMP 2.8 is also moving along. Though in GIMP's case, the work has been moving along rather slowly. GIMP 2.8 was supposed to come last December and that deadline was clearly missed. At that point it looked like it was perhaps just a few months away, but only now is GIMP 2.7.2 even being released.
15 April 2011 - New Features - 36 Comments
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
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
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
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
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
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
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