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Eltechs Debuts x86 Crossover Platform for ARM Tablets, Mini-PCs

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The product, called ExaGear Desktop, runs x86 operating systems on top of hardware devices using ARMv7 CPUs. That's significant because x86 software, which is the kind that runs natively on most computing platforms today, does not generally work on ARM hardware unless software developers undertake the considerable effort of porting it. Since few are likely to do that, having a way to run x86 applications on ARM devices is likely to become increasingly important as more ARM-based tablets and portable computers come to market.

That said, the ExaGear Desktop, which Eltechs plans to make available next month, currently has some steep limitations. First, it only supports Ubuntu Linux. And while Eltechs said support for additional Linux distributions is forthcoming, there's no indication the product will be able to run x86 builds of Windows on ARM hardware, a feat that is likely to be in much greater demand than Linux compatibility.

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Mesa 10.3 release candidate 1

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Mesa 10.3 release candidate 1 is now available for testing. The current
plan is to have an additional release candidate each Friday until the
eventual 10.3 release, (Ian can follow up to state what the planned date
is for that).

The tag in the git repository for Mesa 10.3-rc1 is 'mesa-10.3-rc1'.

I have also pushed a tag '10.3-branchpoint' to mark the point where
master and 10.3 diverge. This should make git-describe a bit more
useful.

As a reminder, with the 10.3 branch now created, patches nominated with:

CC:

will now be candidates only for the new 10.3 branch. To nominate patches
for the older 10.2 branch as well, please use:

CC: "10.2 10.3"

The expectation is that the 10.2 branch will remain alive with bi-weekly
releases until after 10.3.1 release.

Mesa 10.3 release candidate 1 is available for download from
ftp://freedesktop.org/pub/mesa/10.3

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WebKitGTK+ 2.5.2 Drops GTK+2 Dependency

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WebKitGTK+, a version of the WebKit open source web engine that uses GTK+ as its user-facing frontend, has reached version 2.5.2.

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New VM Software Claims To Be 4.5x Faster Than QEMU

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Eltechs is preparing to introduce ExaGear Desktop next month as new proprietary software for running Linux x86 software on Linux ARM using their own virtual machine technology.

Eltechs claims that ExaGear is great for running a virtual Linux x86 container on ARMv7 hardware. From there you could also run the x86 version of Wine for running x86 Windows programs on ARM hardware. This can already be done right now (using QEMU and other open-source Linux technologies for running emulated software for another CPU architecture separate from the host platform), but Eltechs claims that their binary-only solution "It is like QEMU but 4.5 times faster!"

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Krita At Siggraph 2014

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For the first time, Krita has been present at Siggraph! Siggraph is the largest conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques and it has a big trade show as well as presentations, posters, book shops and animations. While Krita has been presented before at the Mobile World Congress, Siggraph really is where Krita belongs!

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Top Linux Productivity Apps

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Linux
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Productivity is essential to anyone's day, no matter who you are or where you work. In this article, I'll be sharing some of my favorite Linux applications that I rely on to keep my productivity levels in check. I'll also share some of my rationale behind me recommending each application and why you might wish to consider it as well.

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