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Open Source software releases: Q1 2020 recap

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Mark Filion
April 14, 2020

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Long before COVID-19 took hold and made remote working the new reality for many, individuals and corporations from all parts of the world have worked together, collaborating online to drive technological advancements. Open Source software development thrives on remote collaboration, and continues to do so in 2020, with multiple projects announcing releases in the first quarter.

As some of most motivated and active Open Source contributors and maintainers around the world, Collabora's team of engineers and developers took part in a number of these releases, both on their own time and while working on client projects.

Here are some of the noteworthy Open Source software releases thus far in 2020:

January 2020

Wayland

Weston 8.0

Announcement | Download (freedesktop.org)

Highlights: DRM backend now supports HDCP and hardware underlay planes, headless backend now supports OpenGL for testing, EGL_KHR_partial_update support improves compositor efficiency.

Wayland

Wayland-Protocols 1.19/1.20

1.19: Announcement | Download (freedesktop.org)
1.20: Announcement | Download (freedesktop.org)

Highlights: New governance document, new xdg-shell protocol adds support forrepositioning already mapped popups.

February 2020

Wayland

Wayland 1.18

Announcement | Download (freedesktop.org)

Highlights: Add support for the Meson build system, add API to tag proxy objects to allow applications & toolkits to share same Wayland connection.

Mesa3D gears

Mesa 20.0.0

Release notes (mesa3d.org)

Highlights: Improved Panfrost performance and new features for OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenGL 4.6 on RadeonSI, Vulkan 1.2 on Intel and RADV.

PipeWire

PipeWire 0.3

Download (github.com)

Highlights: Redesign of scheduling mechanisms, comparable performance to JACK2. API reworked, now stable. Session manager now included.

Read more: PipeWire, the media service transforming the Linux multimedia landscape

March 2020

BlueZ

BlueZ 5.54

Download (kernel.org)

Highlights: Support for handling MTU auto-tuning option for AVDTP & support for Enhanced ATT bearer (EATT). New policy for Just-Works repairing.

Linux

Linux kernel 5.6

Announcement | Download (kernel.org)

Highlights: Rockchip Image Signal Processing driver upstream, Hantro Video Processing Unit driver, Support bus format negotiation in DRM bridges.

Read more: Projects and progress in Linux kernel 5.6

GNOME

Mutter / GNOME Shell 3.36

Announcement | Download (gnome.org)

Highlights: Support for DisplayLink USB devices, performance improvements for remote window streaming through PipeWire, enhancements for smoother display.


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