Blender 3D has reached version 2.42. New Blender 2.42 features include a new render pipeline, node editing, sequence editor, new mesh tools, anisotropic materials, improved fluid simulation, and better character simulation tools. The release announcement can be found at Blender Nation.
A bug-fix release only is now out for AbiWord. AbiWord v2.4.5 integrates a great deal of changes into this release. Amongst the changes are a completely rewriten DocBook export filter, security bug(s), import/export fixes for OpenDocument, and addressing stability issues on x86_64. AbiWord v2.4.5 is available from AbiSource.
The Linux video editor Cinelerra has reached version 2.1. In this new major release are changes from audio layer improvements to full OpenGL support during playback for compositing and effects. More information on CInelerra is available here.
The Firebird Database 2.0 RC3 builds are now available for download. Of the available builds is now support for x86_64 Linux. If no problems occur, this will likely be the version that goes gold.
As pointed out here, a series of patches are planned by a group of engineers from multiple corporations to add support for very large file-systems. These new changes will be brought to the table in version Ext4.
OppenOffice.org version 2.0.3 has been released. In this release are performance improvements as well as advancements with Microsoft Office format compatibility, and support for Intel Macs. The OpenOffice.org v2.0.3 release notes are here.
Linux source and binaries are now available for Songbird, which is what will hopefully turn into an excellent media player. For the source, Songbird now has up a public Subversion server. More on this exciting announcement can be found here.
The Inkscape community today officially released the latest version of its vector graphic drawing software. Inkscape 0.44 adds many new features, is faster and more usable, better supports SVG, is translated into more languages (17 on last count), and adds a lot of polish and refinement. http://www.inkscape.org/
After yesterday's announcement of SPECViewPerf 9.0, there was no sign of the Linux/Solaris x86 versions. Cathy of SPEC Corporation has finally gotten back with us and she has let us know that at this time they don't yet have a release date for the Linux version, other than it will be the reasonable near future. More information will be passed along as it is gathered.
Simple DirectMedia Layer, or commonly referred to as SDL, has reached version 1.2.10 today. Contained in this new release are major changes, so you are best off taking a look at the change-log. Some of the new items though do include a revamped build system and API improvements.
Yet another software release this afternoon is the announcement of SPECViewPerf version 9.0 from the (SPEC) Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Some of the major changes include two new viewsets, a totally reconstructed viewset, and code alterations for improvements in the testing environment to make the results more life-like by the respective workstation applications. The new SPECViewPerf 9.0 viewsets are based upon UGS Teamcenter Visualization Mockup and UGS NX 3. There are a lot of other improvements also found in this major 9.0 release. At this time, only the Windows version is available to download, however, the Linux 9.0 code is expected soon. We have been aware of an approaching mid-May launch by SPEC, but we are waiting on hearing back when GNU/Linux or Solaris x86 users will have this new version. More information is in the press release.
Common UNIX Printing System, CUPS, has reached version 1.2.0. This first stable release in the 1.2.x series comes with more than 90 new features. Among the features is a greatly improved web-interface and improvements with "plug-and-print" support. Certainly this CUPS 1.2.0 release is worth checking out.
VIM, one of the popular Linux editors, has reached version 7. Packed in VIM 7 after years of development are a great deal of new features. Some of the new features include spell checking support, intelligent completion for C - HTML - Ruby - Python - PHP, etc..., tab pages, highlighting of cursor line, internal grep, searches compressed files, and browsing remote directories are among the features. More is at VIM.
NVIDIA has today unleashed Cg 1.5 Beta 1. The Cg Toolkit is a compiler for NVIDIA's Cg language. Cg also uses runtime libraries for use with both leading graphics APIs (DirectX & OpenGL), runtime libraries for CgFX, example applications, and extensive documentation. This language presently supports over 24 different OpenGL and DirectX profile targets, and is designed to allow the developer to write stunning interface effects into 3D applications. Several new features are added into this 1.5 Beta 1 over the previous 1.4 version. Linux and Windows install packages remain available. More information is available at NVIDIA's Cg developer site. Will this Cg 1.5 Beta 1 be complimented today by the release of the new Linux drivers? We do not know for certainty at this point but stay tuned.
At LinuxWorld Boston 2006, the SourceForge 2006 Community Choice Awards have come to a close with the winners being announced. These winners were announced at the Slashdot Lounge yesterday. For a complete listing of winners visit SourceForge. Some of the winners include Azureus BitTorrent Client, eMule, 7-Zip, Zimbra Collaboration Suite, FileZilla, BitTorrent Queue Manager, A PHP Paypal API, WinSCP, phpMyAdmin, Xbox Media Center, WINE for Darwin and Mac OS X, Linux on the Microsoft Xbox, Asterisk GUI client, and Gaim.
Yet some more Linux software news this morning... No no, these are no April Fools Jokes. On the GAIM site there is no reported change-log at this time for the Beta 3 release, however, the packages for this release do not ship with the Gadu-Gadu protocol. The GAIM 2.0 Beta 3 testing builds are available at SourceForge. More information to come.
Amanda, the popular open-source backup software, has experienced a new major release. Amanda v2.5 incorporates a great deal of improvements from security to ease of installation and configuration. More information on Amanda v2.5 is available here.
GShow TV, a TV program schedule viewer designed for GNOME, has reached version 1.0.0. GShow TV provides a GUI and uses xmltv to acquire the TV listings for your area. GShow TV can also rely upon any other PVR solution to perform the actual recordings. Some of the changes making its way into v1.0 is a new PVR interface, support for multiple xmltv datafiles, parser doesn't require X, channel configuration improvements, and fixes to the Unicode case sensitivity. More information on GShow TV and available downloads are at their SourceForge page.
An interesting piece of news this morning.... A site that goes by Nautopia has thrown together a script that allows multiple Linux LiveCDs to be burnt to a single DVD, thus resulting with a disc that contains multiple distributions. When booting the DVD, GRUB appears and prompts the user for which distribution to load. If you are interested in this topic, the link is here, however, a translator may be required.
A Phoronix reader and one of the developers of the FlameRobin project -- Marius Popa a.k.a. mAriuZ -- has brought to our attention that this database administration tool for Firebird DBMS has reached v0.6.0. This tool is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and the source-code itself is freely available for download. The Linux version of FlameRobin v0.6.0 uses GTK1 or GTK2. According to mAriuZ, the code compiles and works well also on x86_64 machines, or at least those running Ubuntu's Breezy Badger (v5.10). He also tells us, a pure 64-bit package available for downloading is in the works. More information on the FlameRobin project is available here.
For those staying in tune with the status of Roderick Colenbrander's NVClock in regards to the GeForce 7 support, and more specifically the NVIDIA 7900GT, we have a few more details to share today. Roderick has alerted us that there has been improvements to the 7900GT BIOS parsing and other minor improvements to his personal development tree, and these changes should merge into the NVClock SourceForge CVS server later this week (hopefully). There are, however, a few small issues that are still being worked on when it comes to the 7900GT recognition. The NVClock development tree also now contains fixes for the NVIDIA GPU temperature sensor. As the GeForce 7900GT sensor is different than its predecessors (as it uses different correction values and this part of the BIOS -- according to Roderick), NVClock has yet to fully integrated its support. Below is the debugging output (specifically: NV_15B0/NV_15B4/NV_15B8) of the 7900GT at various temperatures reported by the nvidia-settings utility. Stay tuned to the NVClock CVS server for the code and will forward along different information at Phoronix.
Ekiga (formerly known as GnomeMeeting) v2.00 The Oberoi Release has been released. Features for Ekiga v2.00 include full SIP support, full H.323 support, audio and video support, call transfer, call forwarding on busy, basic instant messaging abilities, message waiting indications, better audio and quality support, support for wideband codecs, echo cancellation, easier NAT transversal, improved camera support, improved Video4Linux2, and supports DBUS. This Ekiga release had occurred on the same day that the GNOME v2.14.0 tarballs are due, and the official GNOME v2.14 release is anticipated for tomorrow -- March 15, 2006. More information on Ekiga can be obtained from their web-site.
Augustus of LinuxHardware.o has released the second version of his AudConvert utility. AudConvert is designed to take any audio format and convert it to any other format, according to his statements. However, the only supported formats are Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and FLAC. Features in AudConvert v0.52 include input any directories of files with same directory structure, and multi-threaded support to encode up to eight files simultaneously. This release fixes a bug with directory creation as well as changes the location of a user-interface element. AudConvert v0.52 can be downloaded here.
In the midst of this CeBIT (and today NVIDIA) havoc, OpenOffice v2.0.2 was recently released. There are quite a few changes beyond OpenOffice v2.0.1, so feel free to hit up the release notes here. More information and the downloads for the various platforms are available here.
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