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Intel VA-API Driver 1.6 Is Coming

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:48
Some Video Acceleration API updates are coming down the pipe...

Canonical Is Reportedly Considering An IPO

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:32
Mark Shuttleworth is reportedly considering a move to make Canonical a public company...

GNOME 3.18 - GTK3 Now Supports RandR 1.5

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:15
RandR 1.5 was firmed up a few days ago for X.Org Server 1.18. The lead features to RandR 1.5 are monitor objects and tile support...

Fedora 22 Risks Being Delayed Beyond Next Week

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 03:25
At today's Go/No-Go meeting it was decided that Fedora 22 Final is not ready for release. However, tomorrow that decision will be re-evaluated...

Systemd 220 Has Finally Been Released

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 03:17
It's taken a while, but systemd 220 has been finally released...

LibreOffice 5.0 Beta 1 Released

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:46
Following yesterday's LibreOffice 5.0 branching in Git, the first beta for LibreOffice 5.0 is now available for testing...

LibreOffice Can Now Import Apple Pages & Numbers Files

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:30
While there's been work on supporting Apple Pages and Numbers files within LibreOffice, it seems this import support is finally getting squared away for those forced to having to deal with Apple's proprietary document formats...

Allwinner Publishes New CedarX Open-Source Code

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:55
For months now Allwinner has been violating the GPL and have attempted to cover it up by obfuscating their code and playing around with their licenses while jerking around the open-source community. At least today they've made a positive change in open-sourcing more of their "CedarX" code...

ACPI 6 Non-Volatile Memory Device Support / NFIT / LIBND For Linux

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:18
The Linux kernel continues advancing on many hardware fronts, among which is support for ACPI 6.0 and the kernel is making the new LIBND subsystem for non-volatile memory device support...

Fedora 22 Marches Closer To Release

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:56
Fedora 22 is scheduled to be released next week but for that to happen there's still a number of blocker bugs that need to be addressed. The second release candidate of Fedora 22 Final is now available for those wishing to stress this major update of the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution...

The Linux 4.0 EXT4 RAID Corruption Bug Has Been Uncovered

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:32
A few days ago we reported on an EXT4 file-system corruption issue being discovered within the stable Linux 4.0 kernel series. The good news is the issue has been uncovered and a patch is available, but it could still be a few days before it starts getting sent out in stable updates...

Ubuntu 15.10 Release Schedule Firmed Up

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:13
For those that haven't seen/heard yet, the Ubuntu 15.10 release schedule has now been firmed up...

Will Ubuntu Linux Hit 200 Million Users This Year?

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 20:48
It's been four years and two weeks since Mark Shuttleworth expressed his goal of "200 million users of Ubuntu in 4 years." While Ubuntu's presence has continued to increase over the past four years, it doesn't look like that goal has been realized yet or will be by the end of the calendar year...

Microsoft Open-Sources The Windows Communication Foundation

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:28
Microsoft has today announced they've open-sourced the important WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) code that now targets .NET Core...

Intel Skylake Adds ASTC Texture Compression, Open-Source Support Coming

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:28
S3TC remains the most common form of texture compression relied upon by video game developers and others, but it remains a legal mess for open-source graphics drivers. ETC2 texture compression isn't faced by legal issues but was only mandated by OpenGL ES 3.0 / OpenGL 4.3, which makes it less well adopted. Meanwhile, in looking forward to the future, ASTC is the royalty-free next-gen texture compression solution that's backed by the Khronos Group. Intel's forthcoming Skylake hardware will make ASTC a much more widespread reality...

Qt Turns 20 Years Old, KDE Celebrates

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:15
Today marks twenty years since the first release of the Qt tool-kit. It's been an interesting twenty years so far going through the hands of Trolltech, Nokia, Digia, and the now spin-off The Qt Company...

Another HTTPS Vulnerability Rattles The Internet

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:04
Another HTTPS vulnerability has started to make its rounds earlier this morning. Dubbed Logjam by its researchers, the vulnerability stems from the US's encryption export mandate back in the 1990s. This particular vulnerability, in the transport-layer security layer protocol, breaks the Diffie-Hellman perfect forward-secrecy. Susceptibility to the vulnerability is depended on servers and clients supporting the DHE_EXPORT encryption scheme, or using a key less-than-or-equal to 1024 bits...

LibreOffice 5.0 Open-Source Office Suite Has Been Branched

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:34
LibreOffice 5.0 is the next version of this popular, cross-platform, open-source office suite and not LibreOffice 4.5 as was originally planned. LibreOffice 5.0 has now been branched in Git with the trunk development now focusing on LibreOffice 5.1...

OpenGL 4.3 Shader Storage Buffer Objects Coming To Mesa

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:21
Among other OpenGL 4.x extensions, one of the more recent additions to OpenGL being tackled by open-source developers is ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object...

AMD's HSA Driver - AMDKFD - To See More Improvements In Linux 4.2

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 02:30
Besides Intel DRM updates landing today in DRM-Next for eventual merging into the Linux 4.2 kernel, AMD landed some changes to their HSA kernel driver named AMDKFD...