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DreamWorks Animation To Open-Source MoonRay Renderer
DreamWorks Animation To Open-Source MoonRay Renderer

DreamWorks Animation announced today that they intend to release their MoonRay production renderer as open-source softwate later in 2022. DreamWorks' MoonRay renderer has been used for films such as How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Bad Guys, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, and other animated films.

5 August 2022 - OpenMoonRay - 22 Comments
HarfBuzz 5.0 Released With Progress On Supporting The "Boring Expansion" Font Spec
HarfBuzz 5.0 Released With Progress On Supporting The "Boring Expansion" Font Spec

HarfBuzz is the open-source text shaping engine that is widely used by many different libraries and applications. The HarfBuzz code is critical to the Linux desktop and many open-source applications while this weekend is celebrating its big "5.0" release. With HarfBuzz 5.0 the developers have been working on the "Boring Expansion" font spec support.

23 July 2022 - HarfBuzz 5.0 - 18 Comments
Apache OpenOffice 4.1.13 Released For Those Not On The LibreOffice Train
Apache OpenOffice 4.1.13 Released For Those Not On The LibreOffice Train

It's been nearly 12 years since LibreOffice forked from OpenOffice.org following Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems and then the subsequent creation of Apache OpenOffice in 2011. While LibreOffice has become the dominant open-source office suite, Apache OpenOffice continues limping along and today marks its v4.1.13 release.

22 July 2022 - OpenOffice 4.1.13 - 45 Comments
Firewalld 1.2 Released With New Services Added

Firewalld 1.2 was released on Friday as the newest feature release for this Linux firewall daemon. Bug fix releases for existing stable series were released with Firewalld 1.1.2, 1.0.5, and 0.9.9.

2 July 2022 - Firewalld 1.2 - 6 Comments
FreeCAD 0.20 Released For Open-Source CAD Software
FreeCAD 0.20 Released For Open-Source CAD Software

For those interested in open-source CAD solutions, FreeCAD 0.20 is out today as the newest version of this general purpose 3D computer-aided design modeler that has been in development now for nearly twenty years.

14 June 2022 - FreeCAD 0.20 - 15 Comments
FreeDesktop.org GitLab Service Restored
FreeDesktop.org GitLab Service Restored

After battling Ceph storage issues and related problems for the past day after two solid-state drives failed, the FreeDesktop.org GitLab that is used for the centralized, coordination of the open-source Linux graphics driver development and other open-source software is back online.

13 June 2022 - Recovered - 11 Comments
LinuxBoot Joins The Open-Source Firmware Foundation
LinuxBoot Joins The Open-Source Firmware Foundation

Established a few months ago was the Open-Source Firmware Foundation to promote open-source firmware usage throughout the industry. LinuxBoot is now the latest party joining the Open-Source Firmware Foundation.

11 June 2022 - LinuxBoot + Open-Source Firmware - 8 Comments
Blender 3.2 Debuts With AMD GPU Linux Rendering Support
Blender 3.2 Debuts With AMD GPU Linux Rendering Support

Blender 3.2 is releasing this morning as the newest version of this open-source, cross-platform 3D modeling and animation software package. Blender 3.2 finally adds AMD GPU-accelerated rendering support on Linux and many other refinements.

8 June 2022 - Blender 3.2 - 51 Comments
lighttpd 1.4.65 Released With WebSockets Over HTTP/2

For those making use of the lighttpd lightweight and speedy web server, a new release is now available of this BSD-licensed open-source software. Most notable with lighttpd 1.4.65 is support for WebSockets over HTTP/2.

8 June 2022 - lighttpd 1.4.65 - 4 Comments
OpenJPH 0.9 Released For Further Speeding Up Open-Source High-Throughput JPEG 2000
OpenJPH 0.9 Released For Further Speeding Up Open-Source High-Throughput JPEG 2000

While JPEG XL is regarded as the next-generation JPEG standard and JPEG 2000 never quite took off to supersede the original JPEG standard, there are open-source projects continuing to work on this image compression standard. OpenJPH 0.9 was released last week as the open-source high-throughput JPEG 2000 implementation and with this new version comes even more performance gains.

30 May 2022 - High-Throughput JPEG 2000 - 1 Comment
CUPS 2.4.2 Released With OpenSSL/LibreSSL Support Restored, AIX Revived
CUPS 2.4.2 Released With OpenSSL/LibreSSL Support Restored, AIX Revived

Since last year CUPS development shifted to the OpenPrinting project with Apple no longer pursuing feature development on this long-time open-source Unix print server. That led to the release then of CUPS 2.4 and work on this open-source print server has revived. Out today is CUPS 2.4.2 with a few new features.

26 May 2022 - CUPS 2.4.2 - 4 Comments
Jemalloc 5.3 Released With Many Speed & Space Optimizations
Jemalloc 5.3 Released With Many Speed & Space Optimizations

Last week marked the first update to the jemalloc memory allocation library since August of 2019. This malloc() implementation focused concurrency and memory fragmentation avoidance has seen more speed optimizations and other improvements in this new jemalloc 5.3 release.

16 May 2022 - Jemalloc 5.3 - 22 Comments
Dbus-Broker 30 Released For High Performance Linux Message Bus
Dbus-Broker 30 Released For High Performance Linux Message Bus

In the absence of the BUS1 in-kernel IPC mechanism that appears stalled that was started after the failed KDBUS effort, Dbus-Broker has been taking off as the high performance, reliability-enhanced Linux message broker in user-space retaining compatibility with the reference D-Bus implementation.

10 May 2022 - Dbus-Broker 30 - 5 Comments
PAPPL 1.2 Beta Printer Application Framework Released

In addition to CUPS back to seeing new feature development for this print server now being managed by OpenPrinting, CUPS founder Michael Sweet also continues being quite busy with working on PAPPL as his modern printer application framework effort.

24 April 2022 - PAPPL 1.2 Beta - 3 Comments
Longtime Linux/Open-Source Supporter Joins A Blockchain Foundation
Longtime Linux/Open-Source Supporter Joins A Blockchain Foundation

Longtime Linux users especially those that frequented Linux conferences/events in pre-COVID times are likely familiar with Dirk Hohndel. Dirk has a well known track record with Linux going back to the 90's, good friend and diving buddy with Linus Torvalds, and now somewhat surprisingly has moved on to promoting a blockchain effort.

21 April 2022 - Dirk Hohndel - 18 Comments
FBDEV Drivers See More Fixes With Linux 5.18

It's been a decade since the calls began for deprecating Linux's frame-buffer drivers "FBDEV" and the push for replacing FBDEV with DRM/KMS drivers. While DRM/KMS drivers are now commonplace even in the embedded space, FBDEV still won't die and with Linux 5.18 is seeing another round of fixes going in.

23 March 2022 - FBDEV - Add A Comment
Con Kolivas Releases LRZIP 0.650 With Optimizations, Fixes

While free software developer Con Kolivas is known for his work on the Linux kernel to improve desktop responsiveness and efforts like BFS and MuQSS, there is also user-space software he has developed. One of those user-space programs under is belt is LRZIP, the Long Range ZIP format, that is focused on providing speedy compression of large files and to do so with lower amounts of memory.

27 February 2022 - LRZIP 0.650 - 10 Comments
PostgreSQL Begins Working On Zstd Compression Support
PostgreSQL Begins Working On Zstd Compression Support

While PostgreSQL has supported compression with its TOAST storage and over the past year has built-up LZ4 compression support for it along with compressing the WAL, backup compression, and other usage, PostgreSQL developers are preparing to further extend their compression capabiities with Zstd support.

19 February 2022 - PostgreSQL + Zstd - 12 Comments
DirectFB2 Aims To Resurrect DirectFB For Embedded Systems
DirectFB2 Aims To Resurrect DirectFB For Embedded Systems

The DirectFB library had been a popular option for embedded systems in running off the Linux frame-buffer to avoid the full overhead of an X11 server. But a number of years ago DirectFB disappeared and ultimately stopped being maintained. Meanwhile Wayland has been making lots of inroads into mobile/embedded and areas once popular for DirectFB use. But now it turns out DirectFB2 is in development as a fork of the original DirectFB.

27 January 2022 - DirectFB2 - 6 Comments
Framework Laptop Now Enjoys Open-Source EC Firmware
Framework Laptop Now Enjoys Open-Source EC Firmware

While just one part of the overall equation for a system with open-source firmware, the Framework Laptop has joined the ranks of the Linux-focused laptops these days being backed by open-source firmware for its embedded controller (EC).

25 January 2022 - Framework Laptop - 22 Comments

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