Freedreno, the reverse-engineered open-source Qualcomm Snapdragon graphics driver, continues to advance. The latest accomplishment of the Freedreno Linux driver is that it now has its own working shader assembler, which means Freedreno can now work without any binary blob dependence.
With the Radeon driver now supporting GLAMOR acceleration -- it works for all hardware, but for Radeon HD 7000 series and newer its the only way of 2D HW acceleration -- this 2D-over-OpenGL architecture became more interesting.
For those that somehow didn't hear yet, Apple released OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" on Wednesday.
After recently bringing up the G-WAN web-server, a Phoronix reader brought up Gatling. The Gatling software is a high-performance open-source web-server not known as widely as Apache, Nginx, or lighttpd.
While it hasn't been talked about much recently, still in existence and seeing new releases is G-WAN, a free but binary-only web server. G-WAN makes claims of being much faster than Apache, IIS, Nginx, and other web-serving alternatives.
The GStreamer Conference 2012 is approaching next month and there will be plenty of topics to interest Linux enthusiasts at Phoronix.
MythTV 0.26 Alpha was released this morning as the first development milestone for this open-source PVR/DVR project on its new expedited release schedule.
There's a very exciting open-source announcement coming soon that will please an increasing number of ARM Linux users and fans of open-source graphics drivers.
Entangle is an open-source program that allows for "tethered shooting" from Linux with digital SLR camera. A major update to Entangle last weekend introduces new features.
For those looking to experiment with UEFI support on Linux, one of the alternatives to GRUB2 and efilinux is Gummiboot. The Gummiboot UEFI boot manager is an up and coming choice that's under active development for playing with EFI images.
Wondering how you can recruit open-source contributors for your project? Here's how.
With the very latest X.Org code, DisplayLink USB GPU hot-plugging now works properly under Linux.
Enlightenment E17 is actually going to be released, claims the project. There's now a release manager responsible for getting this window manager out the door after this version of Enlightenment was started back in 2000.
DebConf 2012, this year's Debian event, will begin on Sunday and run through next week.
Experimental patches were published this week for the Btrfs file-system for "send/receive" support, which requires changes to btrfs-progs and the Btrfs kernel module that allow for creating a stream of instructions that can be replayed later.
The GTA04 is still being worked on and sought after by a small community of open-source enthusiasts and Linux developers as the next-generation OpenMoko platform. Unfortunately, the project has yet to really take off with success. As part of this there is the OpenPhoneux as "the future 'independent mobile handheld' project aiming at complete devices." Tomorrow also marks the four-year anniversary of the Neo FreeRunner launch.
Next week the annual Debian developers conference, DebConf, will begin in Managua, Nicaragua.
Here's another interesting open-source project that's leveraging LLVM to do some interesting things with the Python programming language.
Microsoft's Kinect paired with the Qt tool-kit can allow using your hand as an input device, or what the developers are calling an "air cursor" for this open-source project.
The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) that power the Enlightenment window manager now has a physics component.
Sony released the Open Shading Language in 2010 as "a small but rich language for programmable shading in advanced renderers and other applications." This simply wasn't a code drop of some no longer useful code to try to spark them some positive publicity, but OSL has kept advancing as an open-source shading language.
While not as far along as the ARM Lima driver or even OpenFIMG, the open-source reverse-engineered "Freedreno" driver for Qualcomm's Snapdragon graphics hardware has hit a rendering milestone. There's also a small ARM Mali driver update.
For those not up to speed on the features of the Qt 5.0 tool-kit, the feature list documentation was updated last week.
After being almost a half-year late, DirectFB 1.6 has been released.
When it comes to open-source reverse-engineered ARM graphics drivers, most of what's talked about these days is the Lima driver for ARM's Mali graphics cores and then Freedreno for Qualcomm's Snapdragon, but even older than those driver initiatives has been OpenFIMG.
An idea is being kicked around within the forums about sponsoring open-source driver development for one dollar per day.
Lightworks, the high-end non-linear video editor that was open-sourced, is almost ready to finally debut on Linux.
Skype 4.0 has been officially released for Linux today after being under "development" for far too long. This first major update in years for the Skype Linux client is coming one year after Microsoft acquired Skype.
The Norwegian-developed Opera web-browser is now up to version 12 and this latest major release packs many features.
Project Magenta has come about recently as a new operating system project that uses the Linux kernel with a Darwin/BSD user-space. Additionally, the project claims full binary compatibility with Apple's iOS 5.0 platform.
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