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Cairo 1.12 Released With Major New Features

At a time when new graphics libraries are popping up like Enesim, Fog, Azure, and others, there's a major new release of Cairo. The Cairo 1.12 2D vector graphics library was released on Friday after being in development for the past year and a half and it introduces several major features.

26 March 2012 - Cairo Rendering Library - 5 Comments
New Enlightenment EFL Package Releases

There's new releases of some key EFL -- Enlightenment Foundation Libraries -- packages. This round of Enlightenment package updates has also introduced some new components.

24 March 2012 - Enlightenment - 9 Comments
Mono 2.11 Release Brings Many Changes

Miguel de Icaza has announced the immediate release of Mono 2.11, which brings many changes for this controversial open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET platform for Linux and other operating systems.

22 March 2012 - Mono 2.11 - 82 Comments
PulseAudio 2.0 Is Set To Be Released Very Soon

While many Linux desktop enthusiasts still have nightmares concerning the early days of PulseAudio, the developers behind this common open-source audio server are planning to do a major 2.0 release before month's end.

15 March 2012 - PulseAudio 2.0 - 70 Comments
Enesim: A Flexible, Extensible Graphics Framework

Earlier this month I wrote about the Fog Framework, a high-performance graphics library alternative to the well-known Cairo. The principal developer of another open-source library, Enesim, has since written in about this project that works with the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries and focuses upon flexibility and extensibility.

12 March 2012 - Cairo, Fog Alternative - 6 Comments
DirectFB 1.6 Is Coming Soon While 2.0 Is Far-Out

Back in January the release of DirectFB 1.6 was imminent, but then the developers behind this frame-buffer project ended up dragging the release on for stabilization reasons. This month is now the project's revised target for doing the first DirectFB 1.6 stable release.

12 March 2012 - DirectFB - 2 Comments
Say Hello To Julia, A New LLVM-Based Project

Shared with the LLVM developers on Thursday was an introduction to Julia, a new fast dynamic language with the JIT compiler being built around LLVM. Julia is focused on technical computing, distributed parallel execution, cloud computing, and extensive math abilities.

9 March 2012 - Julchen - 6 Comments
Open-Source Skype Effort Is Dormant Or Dead

In June of last year Phoronix delivered the news that the Skype protocol was reverse-engineered and that there was already a working open-source code example for interfacing with Skype to send messages. While it seemed promising at first for potentially resulting in an open-source Skype client, the Microsoft-owned Skype vowed to take action. In the end they did go after the open-source / reverse-engineering work and now it looks like the project is dead, or at least terminally dormant.

8 March 2012 - Microsoft Won? - 26 Comments
Fog: A High-Performance Alternative To Cairo

While Cairo gets much of the spotlight when it comes to a 2D vector graphics drawing library, there's another open-source project that claims to provide even faster performance and greater benefits; meet the Fog-Framework.

4 March 2012 - Fog-Framework - 7 Comments
Flashrom Update Handles Flashing More Hardware

Flashrom, the open-source update to flash your motherboard BIOS and can also modify other flash ROM chips like graphics card BIOSes, has hit version 0.9.5. With this latest release there's greater hardware support and other new capabilities.

22 February 2012 - FlashROM 0.9.5 - 3 Comments
Apache 2.4 Comes Out As Web Server On Steroids

The Apache Software Foundation officially released the Apache 2.4 today as the first major update to this leading open-source web-server in more than a half-decade. Apache 2.4 is slated to deliver superior performance to its 2.2 predecessor and better compete with the growingly-popular NGINX web-server.

21 February 2012 - Apache 2.4.1 - 4 Comments
Proposals To Split KMS & GPU Drivers, 2D Kernel API

Following a "Kernel Display and Video API Consolidation" mini-summit held at the Emebedded Linux Conference (ELC 2012) last week, Linaro and other mobile/embedded Linux stakeholders have come up with several graphics-related action items for the Linux kernel. One of the proposals is to split KMS and GPU drivers in the kernel.

21 February 2012 - ELC 2012 - Add A Comment
FOSDEM 2012 Summary, Videos To Watch

The FOSDEM 2012 conference ended two weeks ago in Brussels while this past week more of the videos from the various technical sessions were uploaded for the public.

18 February 2012 - FOSDEM - Add A Comment
The Gujin Boot-Loader Was Updated

For those wanting to do some technical exploring this weekend besides thinking about the Linux beer possibilities, version 2.8.5 of the Gujin GPL boot-loader was released a few days ago.

12 February 2012 - Gujin - 6 Comments
Demo Of The Lima Driver On The KDE Spark Tablet

The recently announced KDE Spark Tablet has an ARM Mali 400 as its graphics processor, which right now is backed by a closed-source user-space driver but that's changing thanks to the Lima driver that's providing a reverse-engineered open-source ARM Mali driver. Here's a demo of the Lima driver's Limare stack running on the KDE Spark Tablet hardware.

11 February 2012 - Limare - 33 Comments
DMA-BUF Is Ready To Push Forward Linux Drivers

Besides the Intel chatter, Nouveau banging on OpenCL, Coreboot's less than interesting laptop, one of the other exciting meetings this past weekend in Brussels at FOSDEM was about DMA-BUF. DMA-BUF will help a range of Linux hardware drivers from embedded devices to multi-GPU desktops.

7 February 2012 - Buffer Sharing - 1 Comment
Samba 4.0 Dances Closer To Release

After a very long and exhausting development process that's been going on since 2003, while simultaneously developing the Samba 3.x series, Samba 4.0 is dancing closer to an official release this year.

26 January 2012 - Samba 4 - 9 Comments
A New Design For FUSE File-Systems

At SCALE 10x a new FUSE implementation was presented that while still having the file-system in user-space, the kernel component is now responsible for more of the work.

23 January 2012 - Caching - 1 Comment

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