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For fulfilling your digital audio workstation needs on Linux, Ardour 4.1 was released this week with a horde of improvements.
26 June 2015 - Ardour 4.1
Russia has named various open-source mobile, desktop, and server operating systems to substitute for vendor lock-in / proprietary software currently in use. Interestingly, besides Linux dominating the list, Russia has been evaluating ReactOS -- the project that's long been seeking to be an open-source implementation of Windows.
19 June 2015 - Open-Source Windows
In an interesting move, Allwinner Technology is joining the Linux Foundation.
12 June 2015 - Allwinner + LF
LibreOffice has enabled the building of GTK3+ support by default in its latest code, but don't get too excited quite yet.
11 June 2015 - LibreOffice GTK3
Version 1.1-RC1 of the Calamares Linux distribution installer framework is now available. This distribution-independent installer has garnered the interest of Manjaro, Kubuntu, and others seeking to make a more unified, better Linux installer. With Calamares 1.1, more features are coming.
11 June 2015 - Calamares Installer Framework
The Facebook team working on the HHVM project for being a faster PHP interpreter and powering their Hack language have just come out of a two-week, open-source performance lockdown. Over the past two weeks they focused on making strides to make HHVM's compelling performance even better.
9 June 2015 - HHVM vs. PHP 7
This week besides readying the Phoronix Test Suite 5.8.0 release and the various benchmark articles in commemoration of Phoronix turning eleven years old (and PTS turning 7), I've also been working on adding some new tests. One of the new test profiles available for automated benchmarking is stress-ng.
5 June 2015 - Stress-NG
A test build of Blender 2.75 was released this past week and it will be of interest to a lot of open-source designers and artists.
27 May 2015 - Blender 2.75 Testing
Following yesterday's LibreOffice 5.0 branching in Git, the first beta for LibreOffice 5.0 is now available for testing.
21 May 2015 - LO 5.0 Beta
While there's been work on supporting Apple Pages and Numbers files within LibreOffice, it seems this import support is finally getting squared away for those forced to having to deal with Apple's proprietary document formats.
21 May 2015 - Apple Pages / Numbers
Another HTTPS vulnerability has started to make its rounds earlier this morning. Dubbed Logjam by its researchers, the vulnerability stems from the US's encryption export mandate back in the 1990s. This particular vulnerability, in the transport-layer security layer protocol, breaks the Diffie-Hellman perfect forward-secrecy. Susceptibility to the vulnerability is depended on servers and clients supporting the DHE_EXPORT encryption scheme, or using a key less-than-or-equal to 1024 bits.
20 May 2015 - HTTPS
LibreOffice 5.0 is the next version of this popular, cross-platform, open-source office suite and not LibreOffice 4.5 as was originally planned. LibreOffice 5.0 has now been branched in Git with the trunk development now focusing on LibreOffice 5.1.
20 May 2015 - LibreOffice 5.1 Now In Git
A new release of the GNU Guix functional package manager is now available.
14 May 2015 - GNU Guix 0.8.2
This is a guest post by Tom Li, a Phoronix reader wishing to share his views on the increasing problems of free/open-source software public mailing lists being flooded with spam and other garbage. There are some extreme situations where there can be "flooding attacks" of list subscribers receiving thousands of mailing list messages per day from attackers. Tom is hoping the open-source community can come up with better solutions to fend off this problem.
10 May 2015 - Flooding Attacks
Mono 4.0.0 was finally released this week and comes at a time where Microsoft has been open-sourcing large parts of their .NET stack and natively bringing these components to Linux.
1 May 2015 - Mono 4.0 - 23 Comments
With the month coming to an end, here's a look at the most popular open-source and Linux-related news stories over the past 30 days... This month on Phoronix there were 261 original news stories written by your's truly covering the interesting Linux / free software happenings.
30 April 2015 - Popular Linux & Open-Source News
Junio Hamano has ended out the month by releasing Git 2.4.0, the latest feature update to the popular distributed version control system.
30 April 2015 - Git 2.4.0 - 2 Comments
Besides being powered by more powerful server hardware, also delivering faster response times to Phoronix and OpenBenchmarking.org is thanks to MariaDB.
30 April 2015 - MariaDB - 25 Comments
Daniel Phillips has worked out faster fsync support within Tux3, the promising open-source file-system that continues to be developed outside of the mainline kernel.
29 April 2015 - Tux3 Fsync - 8 Comments
For those wondering about the state of the Lima and Tamil graphics drivers for providing open-source, accelerated support to ARM Mali graphics processors, Luc Verhaegen has written a new blog post after being silent for a while.
23 April 2015 - Lima Driver - 32 Comments
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