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Remember SplashTop? Here's An Update On Them

Do you remember SplashTop? It's the instant-on Linux environment that was originally embedded into select ASUS motherboards three years ago and from there worked its way to other motherboards and then onto notebooks and other devices from a variety of vendors. We effectively launched SplashTop for DeviceVM, the company behind this instant-on Linux distribution, when we got our hands on SplashTop early and were the first in the world to provide a detailed analysis of SplashTop. It was one of our most popular articles that year and of over the past six and a half years that Phoronix has been around. Recently though we haven't heard much about SplashTop at all.
30 October 2010 - The Instant-On OS - 14 Comments

Oracle's OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 RC1 Makes It Out

While last month several OpenOffice.org members had left the free software office suite project to form LibreOffice and The Document Foundation, there's no signs that OpenOffice.org is going away anytime soon; Oracle has just announced the first release candidate for the upcoming OpenOffice.org 3.3.0.
19 October 2010 - Release Candidate - 12 Comments

QEMU-KVM 0.13 Is Here Too

Over the weekend we reported that QEMU 0.13 had surfaced followed by the release announcement coming out on Monday. The team working on QEMU-KVM, the version of QEMU designed for use with KVM (the Kernel-based Virtual Machine) virtualization on Linux, have also pushed out their v0.13 release based upon upstream QEMU.
19 October 2010 - QEMU KVM

GeeXboX Develops The OpenBricks Framework

The developers behind the GeeXboX multi-media Linux distribution have written in to inform us a new framework they have been developing and just released called OpenBricks. The OpenBricks Embedded Linux Framework is "an enterprise-grade embedded Linux framework that provides easy creation of custom distributions for industrial embedded devices. It features a complete embedded development kit for rapid deployment on x86, ARM, PowerPC and MIPS systems with support for industry leaders."
17 October 2010 - An Embedded Framework

Cinelerra 4.2 Video Editor Released

While OpenShot and PiTiVi are the two currently most talked about open-source non-linear video editing systems for Linux, that's not all there is out there. There's also Kdenlive, Kino, an open-source Lightworks is coming soon, and then perhaps the most advanced open-source video editor of them all: Cinelerra.
16 October 2010 - New Video Editor Release - 9 Comments

Mono 2.8 Is Out With C# 4.0, Better Performance

While many in the open-source community do not like Mono on their system as a Microsoft .NET implementation for Linux (and other operating systems), for those interested in this C# compiler and run-time library, Mono 2.8 is now available for download. Mono 2.8 offers up a large number of improvements.
6 October 2010 - Mono 2.8 - 150 Comments

The 2011 Desktop Summit Is At Berlin's Humboldt

Back in July we reported that there would be a 2011 Desktop Summit, a joint conference between the GNOME and KDE developers via combining their GUADEC and Akademy events, respectively, to one location at one time. There was a 2009 Desktop Summit held in the same fashion, but up until now all we knew is that there would be a 2011 Desktop Summit in Berlin during August, but the details were yet to be announced. Now we have the details for this open-source event.
6 October 2010 - 2011 Desktop Summit - 3 Comments

Enlightenment Foundation Libraries 1.0 Hit Beta

At long last, the EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries) have reached a beta status for their version 1.0 release. Among the libraries hitting this beta status are Eina, Eet, Evas, Ecore, Embryo, Edje, E_Dbus, Efreet, and Eeze. New snapshots are also available for Enlightenment and Elementary.
3 October 2010 - EFL 1.0 Goes Beta - 13 Comments

Lightspark May Work Towards A Gallium3D State Tracker

With the Gallium3D driver architecture there's state trackers for Mesa, OpenVG, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0, and even most recently one for exposing Direct3D 10.0/11.0 on Linux. These state trackers are then what can run on the Gallium3D hardware drivers or even on the CPU in the case of Softpipe and the much more interesting LLVMpipe. There's even now a new Gallium3D state tracker being contemplated by the Lightspark Flash Player project.
2 October 2010 - Interesting - 47 Comments

LibreOffice Is The New OpenOffice.org

Thanks to Oracle, not only is OpenSolaris now dead along with other open-source projects previously funded by Sun Microsystems now facing hardship, but the OpenOffice.org community has now decided to part ways too. The OpenOffice.org community has decided to launch The Document Foundation as a new, independent organization. The Document Foundation will now be backing "LibreOffice" as the brand rather than OpenOffice.org.
28 September 2010 - Replacements... - 57 Comments

OpenShot 1.2.2 Further Pushes Open-Source Video Editing

OpenShot, one of the popular and promising non-linear open-source video editing projects, is out today with their first major release in nearly a half-year. OpenShot 1.2.2 is this new release and it brings a number of new features and other bug-fixes as it attempts to close the gap between open and closed-source video editors.
23 September 2010 - Open-Source Video Editor - 9 Comments

PostgreSQL 9.0 Is Now Available

While we have yet to see any official release announcement, if you browse the PostgreSQL FTP server you can now find the final packages for PostgreSQL 9.0.0. This major update to PostgreSQL brings easy-to-use replication, mass permission-changing, anonymous code blocks, enhanced stored procedure support, exclusion constraints, deferrable unique constraints, and a variety of other enhancements.
19 September 2010 - PostgreSQL Server - 5 Comments

The ZFS Linux Module Goes Into Closed Beta

We reported last month that a native ZFS module was coming to Linux and would be released in mid-September. Rather than using ZFS-FUSE that runs the Sun/Oracle ZFS file-system under the FUSE module so that it lives outside the Linux kernel (and runs rather slowly as our benchmarks show), this new ZFS module is native to Linux and open-source but due to the CDDL license it's being distributed as a module and will not be included in the mainline Linux kernel. This module has now entered a closed beta testing process.
17 September 2010 - For At Least A Month - 11 Comments

More Details On The OpenGL Situation In KDE's KWin

A week ago we reported on the open-source GPU drivers causing headaches for KDE users when attempting to use the KWin compositing manager under certain conditions. Version 4.5 of the KDE Software Compilation has a few improvements to KWin and while the compositing manager does check for optional OpenGL extensions, the open-source Mesa drivers don't always do things right and it's resulted in some bugs and other issues inflicting KDE users.
12 September 2010 - Response - 189 Comments

Cairo 1.10 Released With Lots Of New Work

Cairo, the 2D drawing API that's used extensively within GTK+, Mono, Mozilla's Gecko engine, WebKit, and many other open-source projects, is out with a new major release. Cairo 1.10 is this major release to succeed the Cairo 1.8 stable series, which was introduced back in September of 2008.
8 September 2010 - New Features - 8 Comments

An Update On The SystemD System & Session Manager

There's an update on systemd by Lennart Poettering, the Berlin developer that created this project to serve as a new system and session manager for Linux. The systemd manager is compatible with existing SysV and LSB init scripts while it leverages D-Bus activation, heavily supports parallelization, and has many other features that makes it of interest to distribution vendors and end-users. Red Hat has already switched from SysVinit to systemd with Fedora 14 and judging from Lennart's blog post today it will likely gain more acceptance based upon the recent improvements.
23 August 2010 - In Fedora 14, Etc - 12 Comments

FOSDEM 2011 Is The 5th & 6th Of February

The staff behind the Free Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) have just announced that the 2011 conference will take place on the 5th and 6th of February. This is the first weekend of February, which is right around the time that the other FOSDEMs have taken place. Like always, this event will be taking place in Brussels, Belgium.
22 August 2010 - Back In The Land Of Chimay - 2 Comments

Vi IMproved 7.3 Released w/ Fixes + New Features

Marking the end of two years of development is the release of Vim (Vi Improved) version 7.3. While this is considered a minor release of Vim, there are a handful of new features along with many bug-fixes.
16 August 2010 - New VIM Editor Release - 18 Comments

The Linux Foundation Tries To Help With Software Licensing

The Linux Foundation's LinuxCon is taking place this week in Boston and they have used this conference for making a few announcements, such as Qualcomm joining the foundation as a platinum member (even though they are not really open-source friendly) and rolling-out the Open Compliance Program. The Linux Foundation's Open Compliance Program is designed to be "a comprehensive initiative that includes tools, training, a standard format to report software licensing information, consulting and a self-assessment checklist that will help companies comply with open source licenses, increasing adoption of open source and decreasing legal FUD present in the marketplace."
10 August 2010 - The Open Compliance Program - 3 Comments

KDE SC 4.7 May Utilize OpenGL 3.x For Compositing

We're just days away from the release of KDE SC 4.5, but details are now surfacing from Martin Graesslin about his planned KWin compositing changes in the KDE SC 4.6 and 4.7 releases. Compositing in KDE SC 4.6 should be much faster, support mobile rendering using OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0, and potentially offer a stable ABI. With KDE SC 4.7 is where we're looking at the KDE world to potentially begin tapping OpenGL 3.0 for a better compositing experience.
28 July 2010 - KDE SC 4.6 Should Handle OpenGL ES - 46 Comments

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