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Khronos Releases SPIR 1.2 For OpenCL

The Khronos Group announced this morning their SPIR 1.2 specification for portable encoding of OpenCL programs with their IR based upon LLVM.
21 January 2014 - SPIR 1.2 - 1 Comment

CGIT 0.10 Brings Lua Scripting Support, New Features

CGIT 0.10 has been released and it's a rather exciting and major update for just being a web-based Git viewer.
17 January 2014 - CGIT 0.10

OpenShot 2.0 Is Behind Schedule But Making Progress

Last year the OpenShot open-source video editor project had a very successful Kickstarter campaign where they more than doubled their goal and raised $45k USD to work on "award-winning video editing for all", cross-platform support, and a host of new features. OpenShot went rather quiet recently, but there's now new updates on the project.
13 January 2014 - OpenShot 2.0 Video Editor - 2 Comments

Linux.Conf.Au 2014 Presentations Worth Watching

With the Linux.Conf.Au 2014 conference having wrapped up, here's some of the video recordings that I'd recommend worth watching as Phoronix readers.
12 January 2014 - LCA 2014 - 7 Comments

CUPS 1.7.1 Improves USB & Network Printing

Just shy of three months since the Apple-controlled open-source CUPS print server shipped their big 1.7.0 release, the 1.7.1 point release is now available.
9 January 2014 - CUPS Print Server - 1 Comment

SSH Library 0.6.0 Brings Many New Features

After two and a half years of development the libssh 0.6.0 library has finally seen the light of day. The wait should be very worthwhile.
8 January 2014 - libssh 0.6.0 - 1 Comment

Mono Developers Regret Doing Moonlight In C++

Yesterday Phoronix was the first to widely report on the news this week that Cairo is being looked at for a potential 2D drawing C++ standard. It's still being evaluated by the ISO C++ standards committee but it's an interesting topic and already drew lots of feedback. Now Miguel de Icaza of Mono fame has chimed in on the matter.
4 January 2014 - Miguel de Icaza Speaks - 111 Comments

Cairo Proposed To Become Part Of ISO C++

The C++ standards committee is looking at adopting a Cairo C++ interface as part of a future revision to the ISO C++ standard to provide 2D drawing.
3 January 2014 - Cairo C++ - 109 Comments

Open-Source Blu-ray Decryption Library For Linux

Some days ago there was an update released to VideoLAN's libbluray Blu-ray library that began supporting BD-J Java and other new functionality. Making news now is another but separate open-source Blu-ray news.
2 January 2014 - libdbplus - 42 Comments

Nginx Server To Serve Bigger Role In Ubuntu 14.04

The lightweight Nginx web-server alternative to Apache is being promoted to the main archive for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release.
2 January 2014 - Ubuntu 14.04 - 11 Comments

Opera-Like Otter Web Browser Out In Alpha Form

A few days ago I wrote about a Qt5-powered web-browser inspired by Opera that's open-source and would see its first development release soon. There was lots of interest in the project with many Opera users having experienced a falling-out with the closed-source browser's recent versions. Now as of yesterday Otter Alpha 1 is available.
2 January 2014 - Otter Browser - 13 Comments

AnthraX Linux Kernels Remain Closed Source

AnthraX, a kernel used by some for their mobile Android devices as an alternative to the stock kernels or those from other open-source Android projects for reportedly offering better performance and functionality, is still refusing to release the kernel's source-code even though it's based on the Linux kernel and subject to the terms of the GPL.
2 January 2014 - AnthraX Kernel - 114 Comments

Btrfs-Progs To Be Updated In Tandem With The Kernel

Chris Mason intends to update the btrfs-progs user-space utilities for the Btrfs file-system in conjunction with new stable Linux kernel releases.
2 January 2014 - Btrfs-Progs

BusyBox 1.22 Release Drops With Many Changes

BusyBox 1.22 is now available as the latest unstable release of "the Swiss Army Knife of the Embedded Linux." With BusyBox 1.22 comes many changes and improvements.
1 January 2014 - BusyBox 1.22

Commotion 1.0 Mesh Networking Toolkit Released

The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute celebrated the New Year by launching Commotion 1.0, an open-source Mesh networking tool-kit.
1 January 2014 - Commotion 1.0 - 3 Comments

DarkTable 1.4 Has A Lua Engine, WebP Export Support

The DarkTable open-source photography workflow software has seen a major update to end out 2013. Version 1.4 of DarkTable brings a host of new features.
31 December 2013 - DarkTable 1.4 - 2 Comments

Ryan Gordon Makes Linux Version Of 1Password

Ryan "Icculus" Gordon has spent some of his Christmas coming up with a basic, open-source Linux version of 1Password. The 1Password program is a popular desktop and mobile app for generating strong, random passwords and serving as a secure wallet for storing the passwords.
26 December 2013 - 1Password - 10 Comments

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

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