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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 - 39 Comments

Google To Go After Go-One In GCC 4.7 Compiler

Google shared their intentions this week to incorporate version 1 of the Go programming language into the forthcoming GCC 4.7 release.
14 January 2012 - Go v1.0 - 2 Comments

Quickly Emerging Wayland Support For Chrome OS

For those that haven't noticed, Wayland Display Server support for Google's Chrome/Chromium OS and their web-browser is coming on quick.
19 December 2011 - It's Coming - 2 Comments

A Look At Android's Graphics Rendering Pipeline

For those interested in Android and graphics, here's a look at their graphics rendering pipeline as written by a long-time Android developer.
6 December 2011 - Android Graphics - 2 Comments

Android 4.0 For x86 Is Now Available

Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" is now available for x86 platforms.
1 December 2011 - Ice Cream Sandwich - 16 Comments

Phoronix Is On Google+, Plus Other Information

At the request of many readers, Phoronix is now available on Google+.
12 November 2011 - On Google+ - 3 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

WebGL, Web Store Now Stable For Google Chrome

For those using Google's Chrome web-browser, a new stable release is available that brings several key enhancements.
3 February 2011 - Google Chrome 9 - 2 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

Google's New VP8 Codec SDK Is Better, Faster

Following Google opening up the VP8 video codec specification in May and launching the WebM container format, in July the developers behind FFmpeg created the ffvp8 decoder that was much faster than Google's own VP8 decoding library. Google has now, however, provided a new version of the VP8 Codec SDK that they have codenamed "Aylesbury" and it's designed to be better and much faster than their original release.
1 November 2010 - New Release - 25 Comments

Google's Go Has Been Called To Go Into GCC 4.6

Last year one of the many projects introduced by Google was the Go programming language. Do you remember? It's reached a state of being a production-ready language, at least within Google's confines, but this project hasn't received as much attention and interest by the Linux and open-source communities as some of their other work such as VP8 and their new container format. It's possible that this could change once the Go programming language is accessible to more developers, which may very well come with GCC 4.6.
24 October 2010 - Go Programming Language - 13 Comments

Google Comes Up With Its Own Image Format: WebP

After previously open-sourcing the VP8 video codec and coming up with a new container format (WebM), Google set its sights on making a new image format. Google has now publicly announced and released the initial code to the WebP image format. The goal of WebP is to better compress images than PNG and JPEG files commonly used on web-sites while retaining the same image quality.
1 October 2010 - Better Image Compression - 31 Comments

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