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Replicant As A Truly Free, Blob-Less Android OS Is Still Facing A Huge Uphill Battle

While Replicant OS is promoted by the FSF as a binary-free Android distribution and a truly open alternative to Apple products, the state of Replicant OS in terms of end-user readiness or being as a viable alternative to iOS and Android leaves much to be desired.
5 February 2015 - Replicant OS - 18 Comments

MongoDB 3.0 To Have WiredTiger, Big Performance Improvements

MongoDB 3.0 was announced today with an expected GA release in March. MongoDB 3.0 has "massive improvements to performance and scalability, enabled by comprehensive improvements in the storage layer."
3 February 2015 - MongoDB 3.0 - 5 Comments

Perl 6.0 Might Finally Be Released This Year

It was revealed this weekend at FOSDEM in Brussels that the plan is to hopefully release Perl 6.0 by this Christmas.
1 February 2015 - Perl 6.0 - 30 Comments

LibreOffice 4.4 Released With Better OOXML Support, UI Improvements

LibreOffice 4.4 is now available as the newest version of this leading open-source, cross-platform office suite.
29 January 2015 - LibreOffice 4.4 - 19 Comments

Inkscape 0.91 Goes Through C++ Code Conversion, New Cairo Rendering, OpenMP Filters

Version 0.91 of Inkscape was released this week and the new version of this open-source vector-based graphics program has some exciting changes.
29 January 2015 - Inkscape - 29 Comments

AppStream 0.8 Works On Improving Open-Source Software Metadata

Version 0.8 of AppStream has been released for improving open-source/Linux software metadata as consumed by several software package managers.
27 January 2015 - AppStream Updated - 2 Comments

Vivaldi: A New Chromium-Powered, Multi-Platform Browser

Making waves this morning on the Internet is the announcement of Vivaldi, a new web-browser started by the former CEO of Opera. Vivaldi is currently supported by Linux, Windows, and OS X systems.
27 January 2015 - Vivaldi Browser - 39 Comments

LZHAM 1.0 Lossless Data Compression Codec Released

Version 1.0 of LZHAM has been released, the lossless data compression codec spearheaded by Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer involved in their Linux and OpenGL activities.
25 January 2015 - LZHAM 1.0 - 14 Comments

LibreOffice 4.4 Is Coming Soon With New Features

The release plan puts the LibreOffice 4.4.0 as being just days away, but what features are in store for this open-source office suite? Let's take a brief look.
25 January 2015 - LibreOffice 4.4 - 65 Comments

OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Version 1.0.2 of the OpenSSL toolkit is now available.
24 January 2015 - OpenSSL 1.0.2 - 6 Comments

Gummiboot Gains PE File Searching Support To Find Linux Kernels

The Gummiboot simple UEFI boot manager hasn't seen much improvements in recent months but on Friday received a new feature over the course of several hundred new lines of code.
24 January 2015 - Gummiboot - 3 Comments

EFITools Ported To 32-Bit To Work With Secure Boot On Intel's Quark SoC

While James Bottomley's efitools package has traditionally been x86_64-only, he ended up porting the package to x86 32-bit in order to handle bringing up UEFI Secure Boot on the Intel Quark SoC board.
23 January 2015 - Intel Quark - 4 Comments

MediaFire File Sharing Adds Open-Source Linux Support

MediaFire, an online backup service / file hosting and sharing site, has released a "Linux and Open-Source Toolkit" for developers.
21 January 2015 - MediaFire Linux - 6 Comments

Kolab Enterprise 14 Released

Kolab Systems has announced the release of Kolab Enterprise 14, the latest version of their open-source groupware solution for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, file storage, data sharing, and other tasks.
21 January 2015 - Kolab Enterprise 14

GLFW 3.1 Brings Experimental Mir & Wayland Support, Floating Windows

Version 3.1 of the GLFW OpenGL library for creating and managing windows/OpenGL contexts and handling input/events is now available.
20 January 2015 - GLFW 3.1

The Daala Video Codec Still Needs At Least Another Year Of Development

The Daala open-source, royalty-free video codec being developed by Xiph.Org and other organizations continues to be developed as an alternative to H.265 and VP9. While much progress is being made, it looks like another year of heavy development will be needed before Daala is ready for primetime.
19 January 2015 - Xiph.Org Daala - 23 Comments

Watch Videos From Linux.Conf.Au 2015 (LCA2015 Auckland)

For those interested in the annual Linux.Conf.Au conference that's filled with tons of Linux/open-source technical talks but weren't down in New Zealand last week for the event, the videos are available.
19 January 2015 - Auckland - 2 Comments

CoreOS Moves From Btrfs To EXT4 + OverlayFS

CoreOS developers have had enough issues with the Btrfs file-system that they've decided to move from using the Btrfs file-system to instead use EXT4 plus OverlayFS.
18 January 2015 - CoreOS EXT4 - 41 Comments

LZHAM 1.0 Isn't Too Far Away For Compression Of Interest To Game Developers

Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer associated with some of the game company's past Linux and OpenGL projects, is getting close to releasing LZHAM v1.0 as his lossless data compression library.
17 January 2015 - LZHAM 1.0 - 13 Comments

Sfdisk Gets Redone, Supports MBR & GPT Disk Labels

Version 2.26-rc1 of the util-linux package is now available.
15 January 2015 - Util-Linux 2.26 - 2 Comments

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