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Going Deeper With Xiph.Org's Daala

Last month Xiph.Org presented Daala, a next-generation open-source video codec. While there's still a lot of work to see how Daala will ultimately perform and compare in terms of adoption to the next-gen VP9 and H.265/HEVC codecs, it's continuing to show promise.

28 July 2013 - Daala - 6 Comments
Git 1.8.4 Prepares New Features

Git 1.8.4-rc0 was released this week and with it comes all of the latest innovations for this leading open-source distributed version control system.

26 July 2013 - Git 1.8.4 - 2 Comments
MythTV 0.27 Goes Into Alpha, Has New Features

It's been a while since hearing anything out of the once very promising MythTV project. This week though they have issued their MythTV 0.27 release as the code-base goes into a soft-freeze for doing an official release in the months ahead.

25 July 2013 - MythTV 0.27 - 4 Comments
Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Has A New Sidebar

For those committed to Apache's OpenOffice over LibreOffice, version 4.0 has been released as the first major release of this open-source office suite in more than one year.

23 July 2013 - OpenOffice - 34 Comments
Samsung Accidentally Leaked The exFAT Linux Driver

Last month there was news of a native Linux driver for Microsoft's exFAT file-system. It turns out that the driver wasn't developed through any clean-room reverse-engineering but was rather the apparent rebadging of a Samsung exFAT driver for Linux.

23 July 2013 - Microsoft exFAT On Linux - 48 Comments
Virgil: Experimental Virtual 3D Support For QEMU

David Airlie publicly announced plans today for his new Virgil project, a virtual GPU capable of 3D acceleration for QEMU. Guest OpenGL (and potentially Direct3D) commands from the virtualized KVM/QEMU guest are passed onto the host for hardware acceleration.

18 July 2013 - Virgil - 5 Comments
Would A Kickstarter Open-Source GPU Work?

The Kickstarter crowd-funding development platform has successfully worked for funding many computer games, a few interesting hardware projects, and other initiatives, but would it work for having an open-source graphics processor? A company may be turning to Kickstarter to open-source their 2D and 3D graphics designs.

16 July 2013 - Open-Source Graphics - 105 Comments
OpenGL Gets Faster With OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Beyond Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" release finally bring OpenGL 4.0 support to Apple hardware, there's also GL performance improvements to make OS X more competitive with other operating systems for gaming.

16 July 2013 - OS X 10.9 - 8 Comments
The State Of Various Experimental Open-Source Projects

Quite often on Phoronix we cover various experimental open-source projects that catch our interest as they're interesting from a technical perspective, but often these projects don't end up stabilizing due to limited manpower or prove to be too technically ambitious. Here's a look at some of the less heard of open-source projects that have previously been covered on Phoronix to look at where they are today.

14 July 2013 - GitHub, Etc - 7 Comments
Opus 1.1 Codec Now In Beta

The Opus lossy audio compression codec for real-time applications on the Internet that's comprised of the SILK and CELT codecs is now in beta form for version 1.1.

12 July 2013 - Opus - 12 Comments
Zswap Merged Into The Linux 3.11 Kernel

Zswap is a feature for the Linux kernel that provides compressed swap caching. It's been in development for a long time and was finally merged into the mainline Linux kernel for the 3.11 release.

11 July 2013 - Compressed Cache For Swap Pages - 10 Comments
The State Of Killing CONFIG_VT, Moving To User-Space

David Herrmann is a student developer and one of the kernel developers that has been on a mission to kill off CONFIG_VT, a.k.a. the VT console within the Linux kernel, and move it off to user-space. He's contributed to various projects to further his ideas and now he's written a new post to provide an update on this matter and his thoughts on the current situation of Linux system compositors.

9 July 2013 - CONFIG_VT Death - 26 Comments
More AVX2 Crypto Optimizations For Linux 3.11

Recent Linux kernel releases have seen a number of crypto performance optimizations for this kernel subsystem by taking advantage of newer CPU instruction set extensions for accelerating various cryptographic workloads. This theme has continued for Linux 3.11.

5 July 2013 - Crypto Subsystem - 5 Comments
Harlan: A Scheme-Based GPU Programming Language

Harlan is a new research programming language focused around taking advantage of modern GPUs. The Harlan language syntax is derived from Scheme while the language itself currently compiles to OpenCL.

4 July 2013 - Compiles To OpenCL - 3 Comments

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