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All About the Linux Kernel: Bcache

The 3.10 Linux kernel release late last month brought a raft of new features worth celebrating for Linux developers and sysadmins alike. This release was especially satisfying, though, to kernel developer Kent Overstreet who saw years of hard work pay off with the inclusion of the Bcache patch set in 3.10.

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Adobe CFF Engine Release Improves Linux, Android Mobile Text Experience

Linux and Android users may have recently noticed that the text on their mobile screens is a bit easier to read. That's because devices that render fonts using the FreeType open source library now have access to Adobe's CFF Engine. In June, Adobe joined with Google and FreeType to add its CFF font rasterizer technology to the FreeType Project. Here, Nicole Minoza, Adobe’s product marketing manager for Type Globalization Core services, discusses how the addition of Adobe's CFF Engine to FreeType benefits Linux and Android users and developers; why Adobe released its CFF Engine to the open source community; and other open source projects underway at Adobe.

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Wargaming Mobilizes with Linux and Open Source

Online game developer and publisher Wargaming relies on Linux and open source software to produce and distribute its line of popular military strategy games, says Maksim Melnikau, solution architect at Wargaming in this Q&A with 

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Swift: The Easy Scripting Language for Parallel Computing

The absence of a high-level programming language, akin to Java or Python, for writing parallel code is hindering progress toward exascale supercomputing. Parallel programming is harder to learn than traditional serial programming and has remained a specialized skill that few developers are trained to do. That’s why researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago have developed Swift, a new programming language designed from the ground up for building parallel applications.

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The People Who Support Linux: 19-Year-Old Aims to be a Kernel Developer

New Linux Foundation individual member Kieran Grant works in IT support for a financial services company but unabashedly aspires to be a Linux SysAdmin and, someday, a kernel developer. After using and hacking Linux for five years, the 19-year-old from Logan City in Queensland, Australia is well on his way to achieving that goal. 

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