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Google Formally Brings Native Client To ARM

With the Chrome 25 web-browser, Google is bringing Native Client (NaCl) support to the ARMv7 architecture. Native Client allows for "high performance" C/C++ code to be run within the web-browser.

23 January 2013 - Native Client ARM - 8 Comments
Google Wants LLVM To Mainline x32 ABI Support

The Google Native Client (NaCl) team is looking to upstream some of their LLVM changes such as support for Software Fault Isolation (SFI). As part of pushing forward the changes for Native Client in LLVM, they're also looking to see mainlined the x32 ABI support. X32 is the Application Binary Interface that looks to take advantage of common x86_64 CPU features like increased CPU registers and more instruction set extensions while using 32-bit pointers.

16 January 2013 - Google Native Client - 23 Comments
Chrome 25 Beta Supports The Web Speech API

Google released their first beta of the forthcoming Chrome 25 web-browser today. The prominent addition to this web-browser update is supporting the Web Speech API, a JavaScript API for web developers to tap speech recognition and speech synthesis capabilities into the web-browser, including text-to-speech output.

14 January 2013 - Chrome 25 Browser - 9 Comments
Collide: A Dead Google Project Now Open-Source

Google's canning their engineering efforts in Atlanta, Georgia this month. Their engineering staff is moving on, but as one last effort, they were allowed to open-source portions of their last project: Collide.

4 July 2012 - Collide - 2 Comments
Chrome 20 Takes Over Adobe Flash On Linux

Google's Chrome web-browser reached version 20 yesterday and for Linux users this marks the point that the web company has taken over Flash Player support on Linux from Adobe using its PPAPI implementation.

27 June 2012 - Flash - 66 Comments
Collabora Keeps Pushing PulseAudio For Android

Arun Raghavan while working for Collabora has made additional progress in his porting of the PulseAudio stack to Android. He has made progress in replacing Google's AudioFlinger audio subsystem with the once-controversial PulseAudio.

30 April 2012 - PulseAudio - 13 Comments
The Most Interesting GSoC 2012 Projects

Google has published their list of accepted projects for this year's Google Summer of Code. Here's a list of some of the most interesting projects that the student developers will be attempting.

24 April 2012 - Summer of Code - 11 Comments
Google Code-In 2011 Accomplishments

Google's 2011 Code-In, which is a winter program similar to their Summer of Code, ended earlier this month with many contributions to some leading open-source projects.

30 January 2012 - Not-GSoC - 7 Comments
PulseAudio Ported To Android, Compared To AudioFlinger

A developer at Collabora has brought PulseAudio to Google's Android operating system. In the process of this port he has closely compared the performance and features of the once-notorious PulseAudio stack to that of Google's AudioFlinger.

16 January 2012 - Mobile PulseAudio - 40 Comments
GLX TFP Now Works For LLVMpipe Driver

Thanks to Google's continued improvements to Gallium3D (namely the Intel Gallium3D driver and LLVMpipe), the GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap extension should finally be working correctly with the LLVMpipe driver. We may now finally see some compositing window managers working with this CPU-based software driver.

25 October 2011 - GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap - 1 Comment
Google Brings GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap To Software

Here's some very exciting news coming out of the Google Chromium OS team for upstream work they continue making to Mesa... They have enabled GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap in the software drivers! This means that it may now be possible to use compositing window managers nicely from the Gallium3D software drivers like LLVMpipe and Softpipe on your CPU, in case your graphics processor doesn't have hardware acceleration available.

30 August 2011 - Finally - 7 Comments
Google Chrome/Chromium Now Supports PulseAudio

Making news in the browser world this morning is word of Firefox 7 Beta. Firefox 7 has optimized memory usage, improved memory management, enhances Firefox Sync, and other enhancements. But there's also some other interesting news in the browser world for the more technical users and it's concerning Google Chrome/Chromium.

19 August 2011 - Finally - 91 Comments
GCC Compiler Migrating To Be More C++ Based

Last week at Google's offices in London there was a gathering of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) developers to discuss various topics from C++0x and GDB to the compiler's plug-in API. There are notes from this 2011 GCC Gathering on the GCC Wiki for those interested, but perhaps most interesting was their discussion surrounding the planned migration to C++. GCC itself is largely written in C at this point, but there's an effort under-way to switch more of this compiler code to being more C++ based.

24 June 2011 - GCC Notes - 10 Comments
Exciting GSoC Projects For 2011

Besides the exciting Mesa / Wayland / X projects accepted as part of this year's Google Summer of Code program, there's a number of other interesting projects for other open-source projects. Some of the other accepted projects include modularizing KDE's KWin compositing window manager, USB 3.0 support for Haiku, GIMP's GEGL library supporting OpenCL, a compositing window manager for Fluxbox, and bringing NetworkManager to FreeBSD.

25 April 2011 - Good Stuff - 7 Comments
Mesa, Wayland, X Will Get Some Summer Love

Google today has announced their 2011 student projects for the Google Summer of Code marathon. Four of the X.Org / Mesa / Wayland projects were accepted. Listed below are the accepted projects and a few notes.

25 April 2011 - Four Confirmed Projects - 16 Comments
Google Releases VP8 Bali Codec SDK

Google has released a new version of its open VP8 codec. This new version, which is codenamed "Bali", there's a focus on improving the performance and video quality.

8 March 2011 - Faster, Better Quality - 6 Comments
Qt Is Exploring A Google V8 JavaScript Engine

While the Nokia-Microsoft Windows Phone 7 deal may have dampened the outlook for Qt by Nokia corporate, their engineers continue working constantly on improving this free software tool-kit. One of the latest interesting projects is exploring whether Qt's JavaScript platform could be powered by Google's V8 Engine.

24 February 2011 - Speed Improvements - 5 Comments
Google Android Gingerbread Is Using EXT4

Earlier this year Google announced they would be switching to the EXT4 file-system on their Linux servers (previously they were still using the mature EXT2) and at the same time it was made available they had hired Ted Ts'o, the lead developer of this file-system currently in use by a majority of the new Linux desktop distributions. Google's continuing to love the EXT4 file-system and now with their new Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system for smart-phones and other mobile devices, they are switching to EXT4 there too.

12 December 2010 - The EXT4 File-System - 18 Comments

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