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The news just keeps rolling in today... Besides VIA trying again to submit their kernel DRM, learning about KDE 4.4 features, announcing AMD's UVD2-based XvBA finally does something on Linux, the release of the Linux 2.6.32-rc6 kernel, and GNOME 3.0 likely being delayed to next September, we also have news this evening from the well-known Linux game porter Ryan Gordon (a.k.a. Icculus).
3 November 2009 - Frustrated With Developers - 159 Comments
The very popular Skype VoIP service has provided a Linux client for some years now, but it's not nearly as full-featured as its Windows counterpart, and right now it's a binary-only application. However, things may be partially changing at this company that's in the process of being spun off from eBay. There's a new blog post on Skype.com entitled Skype open source. It's officially confirmed that "an open source version of [the] Linux client [is] being developed." This open-source client is part of some larger offering that supposedly will be coming down the pipe at Skype. These efforts will also help them get Skype adopted within Linux distributions and seeing Skype on other new platforms.
2 November 2009 - But Protocol Likely Closed - 24 Comments
While Ubuntu 9.10 is using GRUB2 by default for its boot-loader on new installations, GRUB 2.0 has actually yet to be released even after many years in development. However, on this Sunday afternoon version 2 of GNU GRUB is closer to seeing the light of day. It had been nearly two years since the last GRUB2 release, v1.96, but 1.97 has just been pushed out by its developers.
25 October 2009 - New Release - 7 Comments
There hasn't been much to report on with the OpenMoko project lately, but today a new OpenMoko product was launched: the WikiReader. The WikiReader is a small, mobile device without any form of an Internet connection that has archived over three million pages of Wikipedia. This device, which is set to retail for $99 USD, runs OpenMoko Linux while having just a small monochrome screen and three buttons for controls.
13 October 2009 - Wikipedia On A Small Device - 1 Comment
Theora, the open and royalty-free format that comes from the same folks that work on the Ogg Vorbis audio formmat, has officially reached version 1.1. Theora 1.1 (codenamed "Thusnelda") is much-improved over version 1.0, which was reached last November.
25 September 2009 - Much Improved - 55 Comments
The Norwegians at Opera Software have announced the final release of the Opera 10.0 web-browser. This closed-source web-browser that is available for Linux brings three key changes with the 10.0 release: Opera Turbo, a new user-interface, and better tabs support. The Opera Turbo charge feature is a new compression technology that will compress web-pages and is designed to speed up the loading process on slow Internet connections by as much as eight times. Opera 10 also presents "a streamlined and elegant new interface." Opera Software has also revised their tabs support by providing thumbnails of all open tabs and other tweaks.
1 September 2009 - And Other Features - 37 Comments
For anyone that extensively uses Skype on Linux, you will probably want to head on over to the Linux Skype Developer page to fetch the latest beta. Skype has just rolled out the first 2.1 beta (18.104.22.168 Beta) of the Linux Skype client, which adds several new features and also brings a number of fixes and other improvements.
28 August 2009 - Useful Features Too - 22 Comments
On the same day as the release of the Mac OS X 10.6 operating system, which contains many printing improvements among its new feature set, the Apple-owned CUPS project has come out with version 1.4.0. CUPS 1.4 offers improvements to its web interface (including a brand new look), CUPS DDK tools, Bonjour printing support, many scheduler improvements, and over 67 other changes.
28 August 2009 - Thanks To Snow Leopard - 4 Comments
As we mentioned earlier this week, we will be providing Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks on launch day (well, potentially the morning after, depending upon timing). This week has been very busy in preparations for this article along with last minute work on the Phoronix Test Suite to add in a few more Mac-compatible test profiles and other work for Snow Leopard.
26 August 2009 - Coming Soon - 5 Comments
Earlier this month we shared that we would be doing a big operating system benchmark comparison consisting of Linux (perhaps a few different distributions), OpenSolaris, some BSDs, and Mac OS X. With the news today from Apple that Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" will be shipping this Friday, the 28th of August, we are now one step closer to carrying out this large OS comparison. This large OS benchmarking extravaganza will not take place until September, but later this week we will go ahead and put out some performance numbers for Mac OS X 10.6.0.
24 August 2009 - Coming At Phoronix - 15 Comments
The Pidgin instant messaging program has been losing some ground recently to GNOME's Empathy program as more Linux distributions switch to using this newer instant messaging application. Pidgin 2.5 was released just under one year ago, but arriving today is Pidgin 2.6, which may help in winning over more users. Most notably, Pidgin 2.6 finally introduces support for voice and video communication.
19 August 2009 - Finally, An Update - 30 Comments
The developers behind the popular GIMP graphics application have announced the first development release in the road towards GIMP 2.8.0. GIMP 2.7.0 is this first development release and it brings a horde of changes and improvements. GIMP 2.8 is set to introduce many user-interface improvements, new plug-ins, the projection code ported to GEGL, and many other new features.
16 August 2009 - First GIMP 2.7.0 Development Release - 29 Comments
Zack Rusin, the well-known X.Org and KDE hacker, has written a new blog post concerning the Qt tool-kit and the different options that are available when it comes to rendering graphics. Qt currently can target a pure CPU raster engine, using X11 with the X Render extension for providing some GPU-assisted acceleration, or using an OpenGL engine. The renderer that is used by Qt depends upon the platform, what portions of the Qt API are being used by a given program, and whether the graphics system was overrode when starting the program.
13 August 2009 - Zack Rusin Blogs - 50 Comments
Remember the Tux3 file-system? The Tux3 file-system was shown off at the Southern California Linux Expo earlier this year and showed real promise with its features and slated performance. The developers behind Tux3 had a host of items on their to-do list, including atomic commit support, which to them was a requirement for getting this general purpose file-system into the Linux kernel.
8 August 2009 - Tux3 File-System - 6 Comments
This week there were several interesting stories at Phoronix, if you happened to miss any of them. We started off by sharing that proper multi-seat support for Linux / X.Org is on the way with the new VGA arbitration code coming about. With this new implementation, multiple X Servers can be run side-by-side without needing to use Xephyr or any ugly hacks.
1 August 2009 - This Week At Phoronix - 1 Comment
We knew it was coming, but this morning Intel has announced the release of Clutter 1.0.0. This toolkit provides a library/API for creating rich user interfaces in a relatively easy to use way that conceals much of the challenges of programming your application to directly use OpenGL or OpenGL ES. Clutter is already being used within Moblin V2 and its user interface is very impressive (the best that we have seen for netbooks) and it is also gaining speed within the GNOME development community for GNOME Games and other areas.
29 July 2009 - Awesome Toolkit - 11 Comments
Clutter, the free software tool-kit that makes it easier to develop compelling user-interfaces that use OpenGL / OpenGL ES, is now nearing its version 1.0 release. Emmanuele Bassi with the Intel Open-Source Technology Center has announced the release of Clutter 1.0 Release Candidate 3.
19 July 2009 - New Release Candidate
For those of you that use VLC as your media player of choice or those looking for a new media player, head on over to VideoLAN.org as version 1.0.0 of this growingly popular free software application has been released. VLC 1.0.0 has support for live recording, new HD codecs (including Blu-ray and AES3), new formats, new encoders, and many other new features. The (short) announcement officially announcing VLC 1.0.0 can be read on the project's news page.
7 July 2009 - It's Out There! - 19 Comments
For those of you not out celebrating the Independence Day / 4th of July in America, there is a new release candidate for the Linux 2.6.31 kernel that is now ready for testing. In this second release candidate there is a new DRM pull bringing various fixes and improvements, including Intel DisplayPort support for hardware with such new connectors.
4 July 2009 - For Those US Residents - 21 Comments
Fluendo, the company that's largely behind G-Streamer and produces legal audio/video codecs for Linux, has now launched its own DVD player solution for Linux. Fluendo's new DVD player software is, of course, built upon the G-Streamer framework. This Fluendo DVD player software costs about $28 USD and is fully certified and is considered a legal piece of software free of any audio/video patent issues in the US. This software also supports DVD menus, multiple angles, CSS encryption, subtitles, etc.
3 July 2009 - New From Fluendo - 28 Comments
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