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Java JDK 8 Developer Preview Released

Oracle has released the first JDK 8 Developer Preview builds for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Solaris platforms.
11 September 2013 - Java JDK 8 - 28 Comments

SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

The failure of a solid-state drive in Linus Torvalds' main workstation has led to new activity during the Linux 3.12 kernel merge window being temporarily suspended.
10 September 2013 - Dead Disk - 38 Comments

Python 3.4 Steps Closer With New Features

The second alpha release of Python 3.4 is now available and with it comes a range of improvements over Python 3.3.
9 September 2013 - Python 3.4 - 44 Comments

PostgreSQL 9.3 Has Writable External Data, New JSON

Version 9.3 of the popular open-source PostgreSQL database software has been released and it's bearing new features.
9 September 2013 - PostgreSQL 9.3

Libde265: Another Open-Source H.265

The libde265 library is a growing open-source implementation of the new H.265 codec.
5 September 2013 - libde265 - 4 Comments

DIRFS: A DragonFlyBSD File-System For Virtual Kernels

DIRFS was committed today as a new file-system for the DragonFlyBSD operating system. DIRFS isn't some competitor to the distribution's HAMMER (or the forthcoming HAMMER2 file-system), but it's a simple file-system implementation designed for use by the operating system's virtual kernel architecture.
4 September 2013 - DIRFS - 7 Comments

MythTV 0.27 Release Candidate Has Arrived

After going into alpha form in July, MythTV 0.27 is now up to its release candidate stage.
3 September 2013 - MythTV 0.27

Collabora Begins Supporting LibreOffice

SUSE's LibreOffice team is joining Collabora and forming the Collabora Productivity group where they will be offering commercial support for the open-source office suite and expanding their focus.
3 September 2013 - Collabora - 5 Comments

Btrfs On Ubuntu Is Running Well

For those curious about first-hand stories of using Btrfs in a production environment, Alan Pope of Canonical has written about his positive experiences in running Btrfs on a production server for more than the past year.
2 September 2013 - Btrfs Ubuntu - 45 Comments

HPN-SSH: A High-Performance SSH/SCP

HPN-SSH is a high performance SSH/SCP implementation coming out of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The code to HPN-SSH is released as a patch-set atop OpenSSH.
30 August 2013 - HPN-SSH - 5 Comments

Feedbin RSS Reader Is Now Open-Source Software

The Feedbin RSS feed reader was open-sourced today.
27 August 2013 - Feedbin - 2 Comments

SQLite 3.8 Release Brings Partial Indexes, NGQP

For those relying upon the widely-used SQLite relational database system, version 3.8.0 is now available with support for partial indexes, the Next Generation Query Planner (NGQP), new pragmas, and other features.
26 August 2013 - SQLite 3.8.0

Native Viber Client Published For Linux

Viber Media has released a native Linux client of their popular software for making free calls, texts, and picture sharing. The free Viber service is now officially supported on Fedora and Ubuntu, among other Linux distributions.
26 August 2013 - Viber Linux - 48 Comments

Freedreno Driver Programming Documentation Updated

Rob Clark has updated his Wiki-based documentation for the Freedreno driver project, the reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno/Snapdragon graphics support. The update includes detailing Qualcomm's A3xx shader instruction set.
25 August 2013 - Freedreno

Facebook HHVM Prepares For New & Faster Release

Facebook's engineers responsible for developing HHVM, a high performance version of PHP, are preparing for a new release of this virtual machine to happen next month. This new release has even faster performance while delivering greater functionality.
25 August 2013 - HHVM - 2 Comments

ZFSOnLinux 0.6.2 Is Faster, Supports Newer Kernels

A new release of ZFSOnLinux is now available, the native ZFS file-system implementation for the Linux kernel that's maintained as an out-of-tree kernel module.
24 August 2013 - ZFSOnLinux 0.6.2

Git 1.8.4 Ships Many New Features, Improvements

Git 1.8.4 has been released to end out the week by shipping many new features, fixes, and improvements for this open-source version control system.
24 August 2013 - Git 1.8.4 - 1 Comment

Btrfs-Progs 1.0 Might Come Soon With New Features

Btrfs-progs serves as the user-space utilities to the Btrfs file-system. It's been a long time since seeing a btrfs-progs release, but we might finally be seeing a new update soon and it could be called version 1.0.
22 August 2013 - btrfs-progs - 3 Comments

PHP5 JSON Still In A Licensing Mess

Debian-based Linux distributions are in a bit of a mess with their support for JSON over what appears to be a bit of a silly license issue.
21 August 2013 - Silly License - 90 Comments

Mono Project Continues Making Progress

The controversial Mono project for implementing various Microsoft frameworks as open-source on Linux and other operating systems, continues to gain new features and support. Miguel de Icaza has delivered an update on some of the recent Mono work.
20 August 2013 - Mono Project - 55 Comments

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