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The State Of Text Rendering 2024 & The Future Of The Stack With Rust

HarfBuzz text shaping engine lead developer Behdad Esfahbod has written a lengthy blog post covering the state of text rendering in 2024. There's a particular focus on text rendering in the open-source world as well as looking ahead to a text stack that will incorporate more of the Rust programming language.

10 July 2024 - 2024 Text Rendering - 35 Comments
Servo Web Engine Gets WebGPU Running On OpenGL ES & Other New Features
Servo Web Engine Gets WebGPU Running On OpenGL ES & Other New Features

The Rust-written Servo web layout engine continues progressing for this open-source project now stewarded by the Linux Foundation Europe and seeing code contribution from a range of developers. They have published their June 2024 status update to outline the latest accomplishments for this alternative web engine.

28 June 2024 - Servo June 2024 - 15 Comments
Zlib-ng 2.2 Speeds Up Compression By ~12% On x86_64 CPUs
Zlib-ng 2.2 Speeds Up Compression By ~12% On x86_64 CPUs

The first release candidate of Zlib-ng 2.2 for this drop-in replacement to the Zlib data compression library is now available for testing. Zlib-ng continues to ship new performance optimizations and other tuning for providing faster Zlib performance on modern processors.

19 June 2024 - zlib-ng 2.2 RC - 22 Comments
More Companies Now Backing Valkey As Leading Redis Fork
More Companies Now Backing Valkey As Leading Redis Fork

Announced back in March by the Linux Foundation was Valkey as a Redis fork following upstream licensing changes. In the few months since the Valkey in-memory NoSQL data store has put out its first release and has continued attracting more interest from Linux/open-source communities. Today the Linux Foundation announced another handful of organizations now throwing their weight behind Valkey.

18 June 2024 - Valkey - 21 Comments
Sovereign Tech Fund Opens Up To Smaller Investments & Updated Criteria
Sovereign Tech Fund Opens Up To Smaller Investments & Updated Criteria

Germany's Sovereign Tech Fund has been making sizable investments into various Linux desktop projects, the Rust-based Coreutils implementation, libmicrohttpd, PHP, a systemd bug bounty, and other prominent open-source software that could benefit from greater financial resources. Today they have announced they have opened up for a new round of applications for those open-source projects seeking funding from this German government initiative.

17 June 2024 - Sovereign Tech Fund - 5 Comments
OBS Studio 30.2 Beta Brings Native NVENC Encoder Support On Linux
OBS Studio 30.2 Beta Brings Native NVENC Encoder Support On Linux

Out for testing this weekend is the OBS Studio 30.2 beta software for those into live-streaming their desktop and other screen recording purposes. With the OBS Studio 30.2 release there are video encode improvements for Linux, support for multi-track video streaming, hybrid MP4 output, and other new features.

8 June 2024 - OBS Studio 30.2 Beta 1 - 7 Comments
The Most Popular Linux News Over The Past 20 Years
The Most Popular Linux News Over The Past 20 Years

With yesterday marking the 20th birthday of Phoronix, I was curious what the most popular news articles were over these past two decades. There's a lot of compiler fodder, news from the early days of AMD Ryzen, Linus Torvalds commentary, and more.

6 June 2024 - 20 Year Popularity - 9 Comments
Autodafe 1.0 Released For Freeing Projects Of Autotools
Autodafe 1.0 Released For Freeing Projects Of Autotools

Controversial free software developer Eric S Raymond has been spending a lot of time recently on the new Autodafe project as a means of free software projects from relying on Autotools. This "De-Autoconfiscation" has now led to the release of Autodafe 1.0 with the tool now being considered production-ready.

2 June 2024 - Autodafe 1.0 - 44 Comments
XZ 5.6.2 Released With The Frightening Backdoor Removed
XZ 5.6.2 Released With The Frightening Backdoor Removed

It was two months ago today that an urgent security alert was issued over XZ being hit by malicious code that turned out to be a backdoor within liblzma added by a bad actor that worked his way into XZ co-maintainership. Longtime XZ developer Lasse Collin is back at the helm and has been auditing the prior XZ commits and today released XZ 5.6.2 with the backdoor completely removed.

29 May 2024 - XZ 5.6.2 - 96 Comments
Linux Foundation Launches The High Performance Software Foundation
Linux Foundation Launches The High Performance Software Foundation

Back at Supercomputing 23, the Linux Foundation announced their intent on forming the High Performance Software Foundation for helping to advance open-source software for high performance computing (HPC). The Linux Foundation is now using ISC 24 this week in Hamburg, Germany for announcing that the High Performance Software Foundation has launched.

13 May 2024 - High Performance Software Foundation - 16 Comments
Rustls Can Now Work With Nginx Via New OpenSSL Compatibility Layer
Rustls Can Now Work With Nginx Via New OpenSSL Compatibility Layer

Rustls is the modern TLS library written in the Rust programming language with a large emphasis on memory safety and security. Rustls is backed by Google, AWS, and others as well as being a recipient of Germany's Sovereign Tech Fund. The latest exciting milestone for the open-source project is that Rustls can now work with Nginx.

11 May 2024 - Rustls + Nginx - 31 Comments
Zed Code Editor Making Progress On Linux Support
Zed Code Editor Making Progress On Linux Support

Back in January the Zed editor was open-sourced for this new code editor from the creators of the Atom editor and Tree-sitter syntax parsing framework. This high performance code editor has been initially focused on macOS support while the Linux support has begun coming together.

8 May 2024 - Zed On Linux - 40 Comments
GIMP 2.10.38 Released As What Might Be The Last Of GIMP 2
GIMP 2.10.38 Released As What Might Be The Last Of GIMP 2

GIMP 2.10.38 was released on Sunday as what might be the "possibly last" GIMP 2 stable release ahead of the upcoming GIMP 3.0 release. GIMP 2.10.38 back-ports more features from the GIMP 3.0 / GTK3 codebase plus other improvements and fixes.

6 May 2024 - GIMP 2.10.38 - 18 Comments
Llamafile 0.8 Releases With LLaMA3 & Grok Support, Faster F16 Performance
Llamafile 0.8 Releases With LLaMA3 & Grok Support, Faster F16 Performance

Llamafile has been quite an interesting project out of Mozilla's Ocho group in the era of AI. Llamafile makes it easy to run and distribute large language models (LLMs) that are self-contained within a single file. Llamafile builds off Llama.cpp and makes it easy to ship an entire LLM as a single file with both CPU and GPU execution support. Llamafile 0.8 is out now to join in on the LLaMA3 fun as well as delivering other model support and enhancing the CPU performance.

25 April 2024 - llamafile 0.8 - 1 Comment
Nginx 1.26 Released With Experimental HTTP/3 Support
Nginx 1.26 Released With Experimental HTTP/3 Support

Nginx 1.26 stable is out as the newest version of this popular alternative to the Apache web server while also able to work as a load balancer, reverse proxy, and HTTP cache. Nginx 1.26 incorporates the great work from the Nginx 1.25 mainline branch such as experimental HTTP/3 support.

24 April 2024 - Nginx 1.26 - 10 Comments
Valkey Celebrates Its First Stable Release As Open-Source Redis Fork
Valkey Celebrates Its First Stable Release As Open-Source Redis Fork

Last month the Linux Foundation along with industry stakeholders such as AWS, Google Cloud, Snap, Oracle, and others formed Valkey as an open-source Redis fork following Redis moving to Redis Source Available License v2 and SSPL v1 licensing. Today they've released Valkey 7.2.5 as the first stable release for this open-source Redis fork.

16 April 2024 - Valkey 7.2.5 - 20 Comments
Servo Driving Modularity To Support Different JavaScript Engines
Servo Driving Modularity To Support Different JavaScript Engines

The Rust-based Servo web layout engine started by Mozilla that is now stewarded by the Linux Foundation and worked on by several different organizations is eyeing modularity support for its JavaScript integration. Currently Servo is closely tied to Mozilla's SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine but with a modularity push could see other options supported.

15 April 2024 - Servo JavaScript Engine Modularity - 34 Comments
Sound Open Firmware 2.9 Released With Major Performance Optimizations
Sound Open Firmware 2.9 Released With Major Performance Optimizations

Sound Open Firmware 2.9 has been released for this open-source project providing audio DSP firmware infrastructure and an adjoining SDK. This effort that started out by Intel for opening up more of their audio hardware firmware has expanded into a multi-vendor project with the likes of AMD and Mediatek also participating around this sound firmware infrastructure, audio driuvers, etc.

3 April 2024 - Sound Open Firmware - 1 Comment
Servo Web Engine Adds WOFF2 Web Fonts, HTML Tables By Default
Servo Web Engine Adds WOFF2 Web Fonts, HTML Tables By Default

The Servo Web Engine under the stewardship of Linux Foundation Europe and with ongoing contributions by the likes of Igalia and other developers continues having a very vibrant year. The open-source developers involved remain very busy getting this Rust-written web layout engine into good shape for possible use as an embed-friendly solution for other software.

30 March 2024 - Servo Engine - 19 Comments
Linux Foundation Launches Valkey As A Redis Fork
Linux Foundation Launches Valkey As A Redis Fork

Given the recent change by Redis to adopt dual source-available licensing for all their releases moving forward (Redis Source Available License v2 and Server Side Public License v1), the Linux Foundation announced today their fork of Redis.

28 March 2024 - Valkey - 26 Comments
Blender 4.1 Benchmarks Confirm Even Faster CPU Render Times Under Linux
Blender 4.1 Benchmarks Confirm Even Faster CPU Render Times Under Linux

Blender has long enjoyed faster CPU rendering under Linux compared to using Microsoft Windows. Across many different processors over the years consistently we see faster Linux CPU render performance than under Windows, though that's typically the case for most renderers. With yesterday's release of Blender 4.1, there is even faster Linux CPU render speeds. Here are some initial Blender 4.0 vs. 4.1 benchmarks.

27 March 2024 - Blender 4.1 Performance - 9 Comments
Zstd 1.5.6 Released - Celebrating Google Chrome Support For Zstandard Encoding
Zstd 1.5.6 Released - Celebrating Google Chrome Support For Zstandard Encoding

Meta's Yann Collet just released Zstd 1.5.6 as the newest version of this Zstandard compression implementation. This release is driven in part by Google Chrome 123 adding support for Zstd encoding for web traffic. Chrome now allows Zstandard (zstd) for the content-encoding to speed-up page load speeds and bandwidth savings.

26 March 2024 - Zstandard 1.5.6 - 14 Comments
CoreCtrl 1.4 Brings Radeon RX 7000 Series Fan Curve Controls, Intel CPU Temperatures
CoreCtrl 1.4 Brings Radeon RX 7000 Series Fan Curve Controls, Intel CPU Temperatures

CoreCtrl 1.4 was released this weekend as the newest version of this open-source, independently-developed GUI utility for managing CPU and GPU performance characteristics and power/thermal monitoring under Linux, among other capabilities. CoreCtrl does a good job at offering basic GUI-driven controls and monitoring for CPUs and GPUs in the absence of any official GUI solutions by the likes of AMD and Intel.

18 March 2024 - CoreCtrl 1.4 - 20 Comments

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