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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

Gmail Video & Voice Chat Comes To Linux

For those that enjoy using Gmail for e-mail and chat but have been missing out on the video and voice chat capabilities when using this Google service, there's now official video and voice chat support available for Linux. Gmail video and voice support was added nearly two years ago and has been supported under Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X, but released last night was the first Linux plug-in offering this multimedia support.
20 August 2010 - Now Available - 13 Comments

Google's Chrome Leaves Beta On Linux

Google Chrome for Linux was released this past December as a beta product, but today Google is releasing the first stable version of their Chrome web-browser for Linux. The Mac OS X version is being released today as stable too.
25 May 2010 - And Mac OS X Too - 16 Comments

Google Opens Up VP8, Launches New Container Format

While there has been speculation about it for weeks, Google has announced today from their I/O conference that they have open-sourced the VP8 video codec. VP8 is the video codec that was developed by On2 Technologies and then Google got its hands on it by acquiring the company a few months back. The older On2 VP3 codec is what went on to become the Theora codec. Google has also announced WebM as a new container format that combines the VP8 video codec with Vorbis audio.
19 May 2010 - Google Conference - 167 Comments

GPU Offloading PRIME May Get Improvements

A week ago we reported on open-source GPU offloading, which allowed multiple GPUs from different vendors that were backed by open-source graphics drivers to offload the 3D rendering work to a secondary GPU and then to pass the rendered result back to the primary GPU driving the display. This open-source work referred to as PRIME was based on NVIDIA's Optimus Technology. This work was done by David Airlie just as a proof of concept and he doesn't intend to get the work completed and shipped in the upstream packages, but is hoping to hand off this task to someone else.
20 March 2010 - Thanks To Google - 8 Comments

Google Gets Into The 3D Driver Game

To help out the adoption of WebGL, the Khronos-backed API originally started by Mozilla that seeks to let web developers tap into modern graphics processors via the web-browser natively, has caused Google to get into the graphics driver game. WebGL binds to OpenGL ES 2.0, and with the Microsoft graphics drivers being more DirectX-optimized rather than OpenGL, Google's playing to Microsoft. Google wants more users to be able to use WebGL, particularly when running the Chrome browser, so they have just announced the Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine. The objective of ANGLE is to just take the subset of the OpenGL ES API exposed by WebGL and to translate those extensions into their DirectX 9.0c equivalents.
20 March 2010 - With ANGLE - 31 Comments

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