Intel Mesa 3D Driver Gets Some Performance Tweaks

At least three commits seeking to improve the performance of Intel’s open-source 3D/OpenGL Mesa driver were merged on Monday…

Instanced God Wars & EoC Updates

Test your mettle on your terms, with new private God Wars Dungeon instances and the option to fight its bosses in a brutal new hard mode! We’ve also given each piece of armour in the game a type – gearing it towards defence, offence or versatility…

Solomon’s General Store: Party Packs

Cake, music, two-player emotes and more – grab your party pack now, only from Solomon’s General Store.

WordPress 3.6 Beta 2

WordPress 3.6 Beta 2 is now available! This is software still in development and we really don’t recommend that you run it on a production site — set up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 3.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip). The […]

AMD Optimizes Bitcoin Mining On R600 LLVM OpenCL

Earlier this month I wrote about Bitcoin Mining coming to the open-source Radeon Linux GPU driver. In the weeks since, Tom Stellard of AMD has made more improvements to the AMD R600 LLVM back-end that benefit the performance of Bitcoin mining…

Intel Brings OpenGL 2.0/2.1 To Classic i915 Mesa Driver

While there’s been talk recently of defaulting the Intel i914/i945 hardware support to using Gallium3D rather than the longstanding classic i915 Mesa DRI driver, some new features were just introduced into the i915 classic world…

Community Spotlight: Scott Reynen

Scott Reynen has done some fun things in the Drupal community. Some notable examples:

  • Coordinated many meetups in Denver ensuring they happen, with interesting topics, and tasty pizza options
  • Helped to organize several Drupalcamps in Colorado (which will be June 29th/30 in 2013)
  • Presents on various topics at Drupalcamps
  • Helps as one of the 3 site maintainers for groups.drupal.org
  • Is an active Project Application queue reviewer heavily interested in new-contributor-onboarding and project quality
  • Takes care of abandoned projects and ownership requests in the Webmasters queue
  • And does a pretty darn good job as the maintainer for modules like @font-your-face.

How did you get involved with Drupal?

About 4 years ago, I took a job as a developer with Aten Design Group, where we do mostly Drupal projects. At the time, I was pretty skeptical of content management systems, after frustrating experiences with both WordPress and Joomla. But I quickly grew to appreciate Drupal’s modular architecture.

What do you do with Drupal these days?

Most of my Drupal time is spent building websites for clients. I’m fortunate to be able to work on projects I really care about, like the International Center for Transitional Justice, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and the United Nations Development Programme. Apart from client work, I use Drupal as a platform to explore new ideas. With a wide variety of code and a huge active community, Drupal serves as a great incubator.

You’re involved with the Drupal community locally and internationally – can you describe some of the things you do and why you like them?

I co-maintain Drupal Groups (groups.drupal.org), deal with abandoned projects on Drupal.org, do some work on project review applications, help organize the local Denver Drupal meetup, actively mentor a few people, and contribute some modules. I think I like all of this because I feel like I’m actively building the future, either through directly improving the web, or by enabling other people to improve the web.

What got you started in the project application review process?

I didn’t go through the application review process to get my own Git (previously CVS) access, and didn’t realize the process existed for a long time. So I think some feeling of debt played a part in my getting involved. But I also believe the future of Drupal depends on people who aren’t yet involved, and the application process, if not handled well, can very easily be a point where we turn away this next generation of contributors.

What are some of your favorite moments from that process?

It’s always nice to get thanks from new contributors for my feedback, or to discover a cool new module before it even has a release. But I think my favorite moment was when klausi arrived. Before that, I felt like I had to stay actively involved or the whole process might fall apart. When klausi started doing a superhuman number of reviews, I could comfortably step away from the queue for a short (or even long) period of time and avoid both catastrophe and burnout.

Read a previous Community Spotlight about Klaus Purer (klausi).

Are there any cool projects you’ve learned about through that process?

Commerce Registration is, I think, a great example of why the review process is important to the wider community. After some quick minor bug fixes in the review process, that project was approved and is now part of the Conference Organizing Distribution, used in every DrupalCon site. And the maintainer has gone on to contribute several other modules, a few to Drupal Commons that will be part of the next version of the Drupal Groups site. A more frustrating project review could have easily meant the Drupal community losing all of this.

What changes do you hope will come in the project review process?

Mostly I think we just need more people with the right mindset. Right now, the “needs review” backlog is gradually disappearing, largely thanks to a lot of new reviewers. I think we just need to keep more of these reviewers involved and make sure they know, as jthorson recently wrote, “the role of reviewers in this process is that of a ‘mentor’, not ‘traffic cop’”.

What is your favorite part about the Drupal community?

It’s rare to hear someone say “I don’t care” in the Drupal community. There’s plenty of work that goes off the rails on passionate debate over what color to paint the bike shed, and that can grow tedious. But our bike sheds are the best-painted on the web (12 coats!), because people really care. I like that.

Tell us a little about your background or things that interest you outside Drupal?

When I was young, I hit myself in the forehead with a boomerang. I wasn’t entirely unfamiliar with the concept, but I’d never had one actually come back. This one did, just as I was turning to see where it had landed. Stitches weren’t great back then, so I still have a scar. I still have problems with tools doing what I say rather than what I expect.

Git 1.8.2.2 Version Control System Fixes Numerous Problems

Git, a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency, is now at version 1.8.2.2.

Every Git version released so far has a hefty changelog and introduced a huge number of improvements.

Highlights of Git 1.8.2.2:

• The new core.commentchar configuration is now applied properly;
• git pull –rebase” now passes “-v/-q” options to the underlying “…

LeechCraft 0.5.95 “ Hate Creation” Live Environment Officially Released

LeechCraft, a free open source cross-platform modular live environment, has reached version 0.5.95.

LeechCraft 0.5.95 has been dubbed “Hate Creation” and it integrates more than 1400 commits. The software comes with a full-featured web-browser, an IM client, a collection-oriented media player, a BitTorrent client, and much more.

Highlights of LeechCraft 0.5.95 “ Hate Creation”:

• Multiple windows support has been added;

Faience Theme and Faience + Faenza icons for Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint

Faience GTK + Gnome Shell Theme and Faience/Faenza Icon for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 14/13 Faience is light and cool theme for GTK and GnomeShell, Faience icon theme is based on Faenza and include GTK3, GTK2, Metacity and Gnome-Shell themes. Faience icon and theme match with each other and looks cool [...]

The Staging Pull Goes In For The Linux 3.10 Kernel

Greg Kroah-Hartman submitted his feature pull requests on Monday morning for the USB, staging, driver core, and TTY/serial areas of the Linux 3.10 kernel that’s just entered development following yesterday’s Linux 3.9 kernel release…

Hybrid, Private Clouds on the Agenda at Open Source Business Conference

The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) is just getting underway in San Francisco, and it should come as no surprise that open source cloud computing is one of the main points of focus at the conference. Later today, a panel will convene on hybrid clouds, where a number of movers and shakers will discuss how [...]

Support for New HP Scanners Added in VueScan 9.2.15

VueScan, an easy-to-use replacement for the software that usually comes with scanners and that supports most flatbed scanners, printer/scanners and film scanners, has reached version 9.2.15.

VueScan 9.2.15 is a minor release in the series as it doesn’t bring any performance improvements for the Linux platform, just small fixes and changes.

Highlights of VueScan 9.2.15:

• Support for 11 new HP scanners has been implemented, including the LaserJe…

15-Way Open vs. Closed Source NVIDIA/AMD Linux GPU Comparison

Combining the work of the recent Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux testing and Radeon Gallium3D vs. AMD Catalyst testing articles, here is a 15-way comparison of both the open-source and closed-source AMD and NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers when testing a mixture…

Evolution 3.9.1 Now Queries Gravatar.com

Evolution, a complete solution that provides integrated mail, address book and calendaring functionality to users of the GNOME desktop environment, is now at version 3.9.1.

The first development release of the Gnome 3.9.x branch has arrived, and it packs quite a few changes.

Highlights of Evolution 3.9.1:

• The Express Mode feature developed for MeeGo has been removed;
• The application no longer links to libgoa-1.0. GNOME Online Accounts …

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Announced

Ubuntu 13.10, codenamed the Saucy Salamander, will debut officially in October 2013, according to Canonical CEO and Linux advocate Mark Shuttleworth.
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Google Releases Linux Kernel Code For Google Glass

Google has done their initial GPL code dump for their modified version of the Linux kernel that powers their Google Glass head-mounted display…

Liquid Prompt: An Adaptive Prompt For Bash Or Zsh

Liquid Prompt is an adaptive, smart prompt for Bash and Zsh. It can display various useful information on the shell prompt, only when it’s needed, like the battery status when it’s discharging over a given threshold, an up arrow if using an HTTP proxy, the number of detached sessions  (screen or tmux) and more.Liquid Prompt [...]

OpenMW 0.23 Brings NPC Movement AI, Item Repairing

OpenMW, the open-source engine re-implementation of Elderscrolls III: Morrowind, has a new version out. OpenMW 0.23 features the initial implementation of NPC movement AI, item repairing, enchanting, levelled items, texture animation, basic particles, …

Ubuntu 13.04 Samba Standalone Server With tdbsam Backend

Ubuntu 13.04 Samba Standalone Server With tdbsam Backend

This tutorial explains the installation of a Samba fileserver on
Ubuntu 13.04 and how to configure it to share files over the SMB
protocol as well as how to add users. Samba is configured as …