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Ruby 2.1 Brings Faster Performance

The Ruby project has done a new major release on Christmas for their popular programming language. Ruby offers performance speed-ups but without severe incompatibilities, according to the release announcement.
25 December 2013 - Ruby 2.1.0 - 1 Comment

Open-Source Blu-Ray Update Works On BD-Java Support

The VideoLAN project has announced the release of libbluray 0.5.0, the latest version of the open-source Blu-ray library. This latest release has better BD-J Java support and other new/improved features.
24 December 2013 - libbluray 0.5.0 - 32 Comments

Linux x32 ABI Interest Faded In 2013

While the Linux x32 ABI has been talked about since 2011 and there's been mainline Linux kernel support since 2012 and x32 support within other programs has trickled in, there still isn't any widespread interested in this ABI intended for use on 64-bit processors while using 32-bit pointers.
24 December 2013 - Linux x32 - 21 Comments

Hope Seems Lost In Running OS X Binaries On Linux

In December of last year Phoronix was first to cover Project Darling, an open-source project that allows running Apple Mac OS X binaries on Linux-based systems. Sadly, the Darling Project appears to now be a memory of the past.
24 December 2013 - Project Darling - 21 Comments

Gummiboot UEFI Boot Manager Update Pushes New Features

Gummiboot 41 was released this weekend with new features and was followed immediately by Gummiboot 42 to correct the build system for this open-source simple UEFI boot manager.
21 December 2013 - Gummiboot 41/42

HHVM Has Made PHP Even Faster With Greater Parity

After Facebook developers focused non-stop on improving the performance and language parity for the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM), they have now announced their outstanding results.
21 December 2013 - HipHop Virtual Machine - 2 Comments

PHP 5.6 Is Taking Shape With New Features

There's been a lot of Git activity around PHP 5.6 recently and we have an idea for the changes and new features to be found in this next major release of the PHP interpreter.
20 December 2013 - PHP 5.6 - 2 Comments

PulseAudio Now Supports The Systemd Journal

Lennart Poettering's former project of focus, PulseAudio, now supports the journal of his increasingly-used systemd system management daemon.
20 December 2013 - PulseAudio Systemd - 18 Comments

POCL 0.9 Is Coming Soon For Better Open-Source OpenCL

POCL, the open-source project formerly known as Portable OpenCL, will see its version 0.9 release in the next month with many improvements.
18 December 2013 - POCL 0.9

BGFX Makes It Easy Targeting Multiple Rendering APIs

BGFX is a cross-platform rendering library that makes it easy targeting multiple versions of OpenGL and Direct3D on platforms ranging from Apple iOS to Windows to Google Native Client.
16 December 2013 - BGFX - 11 Comments

OpenDocument ODF Support Coming To The Web

WebODF is a new open-source projet that allows ODF document files to be displayed within a web-browser. WebODF is used by the new OwnCloud release for its collaborative, web-based ODF file editing.
16 December 2013 - WebODF - 4 Comments

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

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

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

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