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HarfBuzz 1.4 Brings OpenType GX / Font Variations

There's a new release available of the HarfBuzz text shaping library used by projects like Qt, Pango, GTK, LibreOffice, Firefox, and many other software projects. HarfBuzz 1.4 is a significant release.

5 January 2017 - HarfBuzz 1.4 - 4 Comments
Clear Linux Tests Data Compression Options

Fitting nicely into the related discussion of Should Tarballs Be On Their Way Out The Door In 2017?, Intel developer Arjan Van De Ven of the Clear Linux project has compared various data compression options.

4 January 2017 - Data Compression Comparison - 6 Comments
The Open-Source / Linux Letdowns Of 2016

Last year I had written about the The Open-Source Linux Letdowns of 2015 and then Other Letdowns For Linux / Open-Source Users From 2015, which ended up being among the most viewed articles of 2016. So I figured I'd once again share a list of what personally was disappointing not to see happen in 2016 within the Linux/open-source space.

1 January 2017 - 2016 Letdowns For Linux - 11 Comments
Arcan Display Server Working On X.Org / Wayland Compatibility

Arcan is the project we first wrote about earlier this year as an open-source display server built atop a game engine and with Lua scripting support. It's been in development for years and progressed a lot this year. Lately the developer has been working on X11 and Wayland compatibility for Arcan.

27 December 2016 - Arcan - 1 Comment
Darktable 2.2 NVIDIA OpenCL Benchmarks

With this weekend's release of the Darktable 2.2 RAW digital photography workflow software being out and it having OpenCL improvements among other advancements, I've been carrying out some fresh benchmarks for this popular open-source, cross-platform program.

26 December 2016 - Darktable 2.2 - 8 Comments
More Darktable GPU/CPU Benchmarks - 27 Different Setups

This morning I posted a 20-way Darktable OpenCL comparison for this open-source digital photography workflow software that can make great use of GPUs. Those results were well-received and there were requests for more CPU data, so here are some Darktable benchmarks on more Linux boxes.

28 November 2016 - Darktable Benchmarking - 13 Comments

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