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Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Available

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I am happy to announce that Qt 5.4 Release Candidate is now available.

After the Qt5.4 Beta release we have done some build & packaging related updates in addition to large number of error fixes based on feedback from Beta release.

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Git 2.2.0 Released With 550+ Changes

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Junio Hamano released Git 2.2.0 this evening with more than 550 changes from seventy-seven contributors since the Git 2.1 release.

Git 2.2 brings numerous improvements to Git's many sub-commands, a new anonymize option for fast-export to help in reporting Git bugs but found for private/confidential repositories, new API calls, and various performance optimizations. Of course, there's many fixes too.

Learn more about the many features to Git 2.2 via the very lengthy release announcement.

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A Go Front-End Could Soon Be Landing In LLVM

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The "llgo" Go front-end to LLVM could soon be accepted as a new sub-project. This Go front-end is written in the Go language itself.

Going on for a while has been llgo as a Go front-end for LLVM written in Go. This LLVM Go compiler front-end works on 64-bit Linux and works for most code-bases and now the developers are willing to relicense it under the LLVM license and move it upstream as an official LLVM sub-project.

Those interested in LLVM for Go can find the details via this mailing list thread where there's been generally favorable feedback thus far.

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There's New In-Fighting Over The Future Of Compiz

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Misc

Unless you're a user of Ubuntu with Unity 7, you probably haven't heard much about Compiz in quite some time. However, some developers are looking to further revive its development but not everyone is in agreement.

There's been an uptick in bickering amongst developers on the Compiz mailing list lately. A controversial developer often involved in these fights, Scott Moreau, declared himself the maintainer of upstream 0.8 stable branches.

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Open Source Code Contains Fewer Defects, But There's a Catch

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Security

Research suggests that software developed using open source code contains fewer defects than that built with proprietary code. The catch is that open source code rarely benefits from security teams specifically tasked with looking for bugs.

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With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid

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The open-source movement has produced some of the most widely utilized software in the world, a huge economic value driven by a widely dispersed community who believe contributing good work is often its own reward. Outside of the world of computer science, however, these strategies are still relatively niche. A San Francisco startup called Assembly is trying to change all that, by evolving the open-source model to easily incorporate disciplines outside coding and to include a shared profit motive as well. Today the company is announcing a $2.9 million round of funding it will use to help expand its platform.

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How to Build Awesome Android Apps

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Over the years, Android has grown from a simple mobile operating system to a highly profitable ecosystem. Among the people to benefit from this growth are Google, gadget manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, Motorola), and millions of app developers from around the world. With multiple ways to monetize applications, Android has been responsible for turning many small-time developers into the "rich geeks" who have made quite a following for themselves in the pop culture.

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The Linux Kernel Now Explicitly Uses GNU89, Not Yet C11 Friendly

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GNU
Linux

While the Linux kernel is constantly improving, it cannot yet be built as C11 code.

With this commit to mainline Linux git this weekend for Linux 3.18, the GNU89 C standard is now explicitly set.

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GCC 5 at Phoronix

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GNU

Radeon For Linux 3.19 Picks Up DPM Fixes, Better TTM Performance

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While AMD's new GPU kernel driver isn't coming for Linux 3.19, another pull request has been sent in for the current Radeon DRM driver and it offers up a few last minute enhancements.

The drm-next merge window is closing in the days ahead but Alex Deucher of AMD sent in another round of updates prior to David Airlie cutting off the 3.19 drm-next merge window ahead of the official Linux 3.19 merge window that will open next month.

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