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Over a year after starting development on the LAME (LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder) 3.97 branch, the first Beta has been released. Some of the stated improvements include improved built-in presets, faster performance, and an updated DirectShow interface. More can be found at the SourceForge page.
28 September 2006
Songbird v0.2 RC1 has been released for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows platforms. With this being the first release candidate, the official 0.2 release is still weeks away. The Songbird project is still in need of people to report bugs as well as helping with translations. More on Songbird can be found at their new website.
27 September 2006
Subversion 1.4.0 has been released, which delivers on several new features for this open-source revision control application. Subversion 1.4.0 includes BDB 4.4, repository auto-recovery support, and a new tool for synchronizing repositories (svnsync). There are also several speed enhancements and bug fixes. More information can be found at the Subversion web-site.
11 September 2006
Over 12 years since the project was started, FreeDOS version 1.0 has finally been released! FreeDOS v1.0 should now be a "viable and stable" MS-DOS replacement. FAT32 is supported as well as long filename support. Grab it and find out more over at SourceForge.
4 September 2006
Finally the latest version of SPECViewPerf (v9.0) is now available for UNIX/Linux systems. More information on SPECViewPerf 9.0 is available here. A thread has been setup over on the Phoronix Forums for discussion.
22 August 2006
Released yesterday was the second discussion draft of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 license. Also released was the first draft of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). Linus Torvalds is critical of this latest GPL draft. The GNU drafts can be read here.
28 July 2006
Blender 3D has reached version 2.42. New Blender 2.42 features include a new render pipeline, node editing, sequence editor, new mesh tools, anisotropic materials, improved fluid simulation, and better character simulation tools. The release announcement can be found at Blender Nation.
15 July 2006
A bug-fix release only is now out for AbiWord. AbiWord v2.4.5 integrates a great deal of changes into this release. Amongst the changes are a completely rewriten DocBook export filter, security bug(s), import/export fixes for OpenDocument, and addressing stability issues on x86_64. AbiWord v2.4.5 is available from AbiSource.
10 July 2006
The Linux video editor Cinelerra has reached version 2.1. In this new major release are changes from audio layer improvements to full OpenGL support during playback for compositing and effects. More information on CInelerra is available here.
9 July 2006
The Firebird Database 2.0 RC3 builds are now available for download. Of the available builds is now support for x86_64 Linux. If no problems occur, this will likely be the version that goes gold.
7 July 2006
As pointed out here, a series of patches are planned by a group of engineers from multiple corporations to add support for very large file-systems. These new changes will be brought to the table in version Ext4.
1 July 2006
OppenOffice.org version 2.0.3 has been released. In this release are performance improvements as well as advancements with Microsoft Office format compatibility, and support for Intel Macs. The OpenOffice.org v2.0.3 release notes are here.
29 June 2006
Linux source and binaries are now available for Songbird, which is what will hopefully turn into an excellent media player. For the source, Songbird now has up a public Subversion server. More on this exciting announcement can be found here.
27 June 2006
The Inkscape community today officially released the latest version of its vector graphic drawing software. Inkscape 0.44 adds many new features, is faster and more usable, better supports SVG, is translated into more languages (17 on last count), and adds a lot of polish and refinement. http://www.inkscape.org/
24 June 2006
After yesterday's announcement of SPECViewPerf 9.0, there was no sign of the Linux/Solaris x86 versions. Cathy of SPEC Corporation has finally gotten back with us and she has let us know that at this time they don't yet have a release date for the Linux version, other than it will be the reasonable near future. More information will be passed along as it is gathered.
18 May 2006
Simple DirectMedia Layer, or commonly referred to as SDL, has reached version 1.2.10 today. Contained in this new release are major changes, so you are best off taking a look at the change-log. Some of the new items though do include a revamped build system and API improvements.
17 May 2006
Yet another software release this afternoon is the announcement of SPECViewPerf version 9.0 from the (SPEC) Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Some of the major changes include two new viewsets, a totally reconstructed viewset, and code alterations for improvements in the testing environment to make the results more life-like by the respective workstation applications. The new SPECViewPerf 9.0 viewsets are based upon UGS Teamcenter Visualization Mockup and UGS NX 3. There are a lot of other improvements also found in this major 9.0 release. At this time, only the Windows version is available to download, however, the Linux 9.0 code is expected soon. We have been aware of an approaching mid-May launch by SPEC, but we are waiting on hearing back when GNU/Linux or Solaris x86 users will have this new version. More information is in the press release.
17 May 2006
Common UNIX Printing System, CUPS, has reached version 1.2.0. This first stable release in the 1.2.x series comes with more than 90 new features. Among the features is a greatly improved web-interface and improvements with "plug-and-print" support. Certainly this CUPS 1.2.0 release is worth checking out.
10 May 2006
VIM, one of the popular Linux editors, has reached version 7. Packed in VIM 7 after years of development are a great deal of new features. Some of the new features include spell checking support, intelligent completion for C - HTML - Ruby - Python - PHP, etc..., tab pages, highlighting of cursor line, internal grep, searches compressed files, and browsing remote directories are among the features. More is at VIM.
8 May 2006
NVIDIA has today unleashed Cg 1.5 Beta 1. The Cg Toolkit is a compiler for NVIDIA's Cg language. Cg also uses runtime libraries for use with both leading graphics APIs (DirectX & OpenGL), runtime libraries for CgFX, example applications, and extensive documentation. This language presently supports over 24 different OpenGL and DirectX profile targets, and is designed to allow the developer to write stunning interface effects into 3D applications. Several new features are added into this 1.5 Beta 1 over the previous 1.4 version. Linux and Windows install packages remain available. More information is available at NVIDIA's Cg developer site. Will this Cg 1.5 Beta 1 be complimented today by the release of the new Linux drivers? We do not know for certainty at this point but stay tuned.
6 April 2006
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