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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

Enlightenment E18 Alpha Release Is Imminent

E18 has been in development for nearly one year since the long-awaited Enlightenment E17 release last December. Now it appears that the alpha release of E18 is about ready.
4 November 2013 - Enlightenment E18 Alpha - 40 Comments

Pixman 0.31.2 To Bring Performance Improvements

The Pixman low-level pixel manipulation library is nearing its 0.31.2 release. Pixman 0.31.2 is now up to a release candidate state and with it comes some performance optimizations.
4 November 2013 - Pixman

Xfce's Xfdesktop Graduates To Version 4.11.1

Xfce's Xfdesktop component that serves as the desktop manager for the lightweight GTK-based desktop environment has seen a new release.
2 November 2013 - Xfce 4 - 15 Comments

SELinux User-Space Sees A Big Update

The user-space component to the SELinux project saw a major release yesterday. The libselinux, checkpolicy, libsemanage, libsepol, policycoreutils, and sepolgen software was updated to version 2.2.
31 October 2013 - SELinux User-Space

Blender 2.69 Gets A Halloween Release

Blender 2.69 is now out as the latest release of the open-source 3D modelling software.
31 October 2013 - Blender 2.69 - 10 Comments

Cisco Open-Sources H.264 Codec, Pushes WebRTC

Cisco announced this morning their plans to open-source their H.264 codec under a BSD license and make it available free for all. Cisco is open-sourcing their H.264 codec without assessing any fees in an effort to push H.264 for the WebRTC real-time communication API.
30 October 2013 - H.264 Open-Source - 55 Comments

DNF - Next-Generation Yum - Keeps Pushing Forward

DNF, the next-generation version of the Yum package manager, saw a new release today and with it comes two new major features.
30 October 2013 - DNF Package Manager - 9 Comments

LibreOffice Lands A Ton Of GPU OpenCL Functions

More than fifty commits pushed into the core code-base today for the LibreOffice open-source office suite work on support for "GPU Calc" to take advantage of OpenCL for various math spreadsheet calculations.
29 October 2013 - LibreOffice - 39 Comments

wxWidgets 3.0 Moves Closer To Release

After being in development for years, wxWidgets 3.0 went into RC state at the beginning of October. Before closing out October, the open-source tool-kit project is now out with its second release candidate.
29 October 2013 - wxWidgets 3.0

Cinelerra 4.5 Is Silently Available For Video Editing

Cinelerra, one of the popular open-source video editors and compositors for Linux, hadn't seen an official update since July of 2012 but pushed this week was a source package for their next major release.
27 October 2013 - Cinelerra - 2 Comments

Eclipse SWT Now Using GTK3 By Default

With a commit made on Friday, Eclipse's SWT platform is now using GTK 3.x by default over GTK 2.x.
26 October 2013 - GTK3 Java - 13 Comments

CUPS 1.7.0 Polishes The Open-Source Print Server

With Apple controlling the development of CUPS open-source printing system, in recent years the major CUPS releases have immediately followed OS X releases. As a result, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that now with the official availability of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks", there is a new major CUPS release. CUPS 1.7.0 is the new version and it adds "polishing" to the multi-platform print server.
25 October 2013 - CUPS 1.7.0 - 10 Comments

Xiph.Org Daala Update On Chroma Plane Prediction

It's been a while since last having major updates to share on Xiph.Org's Daala, the next-generation open-source video codec, but today there's a new technical overview update. The latest update on Daala covers prediction of chroma planes from luma.
23 October 2013 - Daala - 3 Comments

Lua Scripting Support Added To NetBSD Kernel

Earlier in the year I wrote about an initiative to bring Lua scripting support to the NetBSD kernel. With a Lua interpreter within the kernel, it would be easy to extend kernel subsystems, prototype new features, and lower the barrier to entry for NetBSD development. Well, that support for Lua has now been officially added to the NetBSD kernel.
17 October 2013 - Lua NetBSD - 10 Comments

OpenZFS Committed To Improving Open-Source ZFS

Last month I wrote about the launch of OpenZFS as an initiative to organize the various open-source ZFS file-system projects around Linux, BSD, OS X, and other platforms. OpenZFS is an umbrella project now for all the different ZFS implementations since the code became available during the Sun Microsystems glory days.
17 October 2013 - OpenZFS - 23 Comments

Tux3 File-System Is Planning Future Improvements

Tux3, a promising open-source file-system that never seems to quite make it off the ground and goes dormant once in a while, appears to now be back on track. The lead Tux3 developer is working at Samsung and has begun plotting future features pre and post merge into the mainline kernel.
17 October 2013 - Tux3 - 2 Comments

BlueZ 5.10 Gets OBEX Command Line Client

A new release of BlueZ is out that projects a command-line client for its Bluetooth OBject EXchange support.
16 October 2013 - BlueZ 5.10 - 2 Comments

Samba 4.1 Supports Btrfs, Encrypted Transport

Samba 4.1.0 was released on Friday and with it comes support for encrypted transport, Btrfs file-system integration, server-side copy support, and other new features for the popular open-source software re-implementing Microsoft's SMB/CIFS networking protocol.
12 October 2013 - Samba 4.1.0

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