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[Development] Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate available

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KDE

Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate packages are available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/ Sha1 for Qt 4.8.6 is now considered frozen so please test these packages accordingly. These packages are built against sha1 215a78618b185a71f660201c902da51360d8c30d "Pass events to QGestureManager from the main (GUI) thread only". Current version of changes file is available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/changes-4.8.6-rc1

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GCC 4.8.2 vs. GCC 4.9.0 Benchmarks On Intel's Core i7 Haswell

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks

Overall, there isn't too much to gain out of GCC 4.9 performance wise for the resulting binaries on the Core i7 Haswell platform for our common C/C++ benchmarks.

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TI’s Sitara SDK moves to mainline Linux

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Linux

TI released Sitara Linux SDK 7.0, now based on the mainline Linux kernel. The SDK supports the Sitara AM355x, and coming soon, the new Sitara AM4x and AM5x.

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The Linux 3.14 Kernel Will Likely Be Released Today

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Linux

While no official announcement has come down yet, the Linux 3.14 kernel will most likely be released in the hours ahead.

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Qt3D, QtOpenCL Spark New Interest

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Qt3D is the Qt component that adds 3D support to Qt Quick for easily integrating 3D functionality. Qt3D has been in development for some time and was going to be an "essential" module to Qt 5.0 before being moved to just an add-on as part of Nokia's Qt changes prior to selling it to Digia. Qt3D offers up a lot of potential for 3D user-interfaces and applications, but hasn't seen too much work recently -- the last time we got to mention it was when talking about OpenGL taking on a greater role within Qt in late 2012.

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Linux Kernel Panel: What's what with Linux today

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Linux

The panel opened with Corbet pointing out that today "Almost all the people who work on the kernel are paid to do it. Only 10 percent to 20 percent are volunteers. What do your companies expect to get from your kernel work?"

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Mozilla's Thimble and Webmaker Get Nods for Teaching Web Development Skills

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Moz/FF

Thimble is actually a subset of Mozilla’s Webmaker project, which is aimed at teaching all kinds of web literacy and development skills.

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[LLVMdev] 3.4.1 Release Plans (BSD Development)

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BSD

We are now about halfway between the 3.4 and 3.5 releases, and I would like to start preparing for a 3.4.1 release. Here is my proposed release schedule: Mar 26 - April 9: Identify and backport additional bug fixes to the 3.4 branch. April 9 - April 18: Testing Phase April 18: 3.4.1 Release.

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Fedora 21 Will Likely Make Java 8 The Default Runtime

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Red Hat

Proposed last week was the feature of Java 8 for Fedora 21. This feature comes down to packaging up and shipping java-1.8.0-openjdk in Fedora 21. Part of this feature that's making it contentious among Fedora stakeholders is that OpenJDK/Java 7 will be obsoleted and removed.

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Introducing rr ( Firefox Development)

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Moz/FF

Many, many people have noticed that if we had a way to reliably record program execution and replay it later, with the ability to debug the replay, we could largely tame the nondeterminism problem. This would also allow us to deliberately introduce nondeterminism so tests can explore more of the possible execution space, without impacting debuggability. Many record and replay systems have been built in pursuit of this vision. (I built one myself.) For various reasons these systems have not seen wide adoption. So, a few years ago we at Mozilla started a project to create a new record-and-replay tool that would overcome the obstacles blocking adoption. We call this tool rr.

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