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Opus Audio Codec 1.1 Officially Released

After writing last week that Opus 1.1 is nearly ready, the latest stable update to the open-source royalty-free audio codec is now available!
6 December 2013 - Xiph.Org Opus 1.1 - 7 Comments

Binutils 2.24 Supports New Processors, Architectures

GNU Binutils was updated this morning and some of the major changes for these binary tools updates include supporting several new processors.
2 December 2013 - GNU Binutils - 2 Comments

Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses Unveiled

The Creative Commons has unveiled their 4.0 next-generation licenses.
26 November 2013 - CC 4.0 - 1 Comment

Xiph.Org's Opus Audio Codec 1.1 Is Nearly Ready

The first release candidate to Xiph.Org's Opus 1.1 open-source audio codec is now available. Should no major issues turn up, this RC release will turn into the final version.
26 November 2013 - Opus 1.1 RC Released - 50 Comments

Systemd's Networkd Now Supports Bridging

The latest feature of systemd is its networkd component now supporting network bridging.
26 November 2013 - Network Bridge - 61 Comments

Checkpoint-Restore Hits v1.0: Freeze Your Linux Apps

The Checkpoint-Restore Tool has reached version 1.0 as part of the CRIU project. Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace allows for users to freeze running applications and checkpoint it to the hard drive as a file and that checkpoint can then be restored to a running process later on. CRIU is different from suspend-and-resume with the Linux kernel in that this is a tool for handling individual programs and it is implemented in user-space.
25 November 2013 - Checkpoint-Restore 1.0 - 9 Comments

Viber Desktop 4.0 Brings Official Linux Support

We knew it was coming and yesterday it officially arrived: Viber 4.0 is out on the desktop and it officially supports Linux.
19 November 2013 - Viber 4 VoIP Program - 30 Comments

PostgreSQL Keeps Evolving: Better Performance, Irix Dies

For those not closely watching the latest upstream developments of the PostgreSQL database server, a number of changes have been made recently to advance this major open-source project.
17 November 2013 - PostgreSQL - 2 Comments

NVIDIA, Mentor Graphics May Harm GCC

Yesterday there was news that OpenACC 2.0 parallel programming support was coming to GCC complete with GPU acceleration support for NVIDIA GPUs. While it was exciting on the surface, it appears that this work may be poisonous and could have a very tough time making it upstream.
15 November 2013 - Bad Blood? - 102 Comments

LibreOffice Receives More OpenCL / GPU Support

Last month LibreOffice Calc received a lot of OpenCL/GPU support for various spreadsheet functions. Since then, besides picking up better multi-threaded support, the open-source office suite has implemented more support for OpenCL GPGPU computing.
14 November 2013 - LibreOffice OpenCL - 13 Comments

Mono Developers Renew Their Love For Microsoft

Xamarin, the company driving the development of the Mono open-source .NET framework that is generally loved or hated by Phoronix readers, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft.
13 November 2013 - Microsoft - 61 Comments

wxWidgets 3.0 Framework Officially Released

After seeing several development releases, the wxWidgets 3.0 release has happened with GTK+3 support, improved Apple OS X support, and many other changes with this being the first major stable release in a number of years.
11 November 2013 - wxWidgets 3.0 - 1 Comment

Leaf: A New "Soon To Be Great" Programming Language

Leaf was announced this weekend, which is described by its developer as "a soon to be great new programming language." The language has been in development for one year and leverages LLVM as its compiler back-end.
10 November 2013 - LLVM Leaf - 66 Comments

Btrfs-Progs Changes Meta-Data Block Size

The btrfs-progs user-space component to the Btrfs file-system has seen a number of commits in recent weeks. Beyond lots of code improvements and bug-fixes, the default meta-data block size was changed for the Btrfs mkfs command.
9 November 2013 - Btrfs-Progs - 1 Comment

HHVM Going On A Big Performance, Feature Push

Facebook's HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) open-source project that's been seeking to implement a high-performance PHP, is in the middle of a lock-down and for three weeks they are focusing on nothing bot boosting the performance of their PHP implementation and seeking to hit feature parity.
9 November 2013 - Facebook HHVM - 2 Comments

Fedora's Next-Gen Yum (DNF) Gets An API

DNF, the next-generation version of the yum package manager with its new Hawkey package management library, continues to evolve in a steadfast manner. Released this week was version 0.4.7 of DNF.
9 November 2013 - DNF 0.4.7 - 1 Comment

LibreOffice Getting Better Multi-Threaded Goodness

LibreOffice has been exciting to talk about recently with the landing of GPU/OpenCL calculation support and an OpenGL canvas plus many other features forthcoming in LibreOffice 4.2. The latest work underway is on working out multi-threaded importing for Calc.
7 November 2013 - Multi-Threading - 11 Comments

Facebook Open-Sources Presto Engine

Facebook has open-sourced some interesting in-house code in the past like Flashcache for the Linux kernel, the Folly C++ library, and the HipHop Virtual Machine. The latest open-source Linux-compatible software release coming out of Facebook is Presto, their tool for interacting with petabytes of information.
6 November 2013 - Facebook Presto - 8 Comments

LibreOffice 4.2 Alpha 1 To Bring Many Improvements

LibreOffice was bumped today for version 4.2.0 Alpha 1, the next major update to the popular open-source office suite.
5 November 2013 - LibreOffice 4.2 - 6 Comments

Valgrind 3.9 Supports New Instructions, Platforms

Version 3.9 of the robust and powerful Valgrind is now available. Valgrind remains one of the leading choices as a dynamic analysis tool commonly used for detecting memory management problems and other issues.
4 November 2013 - Valgrind 3.9

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