Open Source Weekly Wrap-Up: April 19 – 24, 2015

Samsung Launches GearVRf: an Open Source Virtual Reality Framework

GearVRf is a new open source rendering library for application development on VR-supported Android devices. The GearVRf API provides simplified access to the Oculus SDK functionality via the Java Native Interface and the GearVRf native library. This project was launched by Samsung as a collaborative effort that involved the Open Source Group. This blog will feature an article next week that covers the work we put into launching this project.

Learn more, or get involved through the Gear VRf Wiki.

Daily Wayland & Weston Builds For Ubuntu

While Canonical is focusing on Mir for Ubuntu’s display server, other developers are still working on alternatives, such as our very own Bryce Harrington. Bryce has established a daily build archive of Wayland and the reference Weston compositor. This makes it easier than ever before to try out the newest Wayland/Weston code on Ubuntu

Read more at Phoronix.

Open Interconnect Consortium Hosts First Plugfest

The Open Interconnect Consortium hosted its first interoperability Plugfest April 22-24 in Fremont, California. This three-day members-only event offered a valuable opportunity to test interoperability and compliance of implementations of the draft OIC specification. This plugfest is the first of several contemplated for OIC to be used to test implementations, refine the specification, and to inform test-case development. This first plugfest is a major milestone in the development of the OIC specification indicating that member companies see value in what is being developed and are investing in the OIC specification and products based on it.

Read more at the OIC blog.

Linux Media Summit Wrap Up

The Linux Media Summit was held in San Jose California on March 26 in conjunction with the Embedded Linux Conference. A number of technical discussions took place to help guide the next 6 months of development on this area of the Kernel. In particular, new contributions to DVB pipelines, media tokens Project Ara dynamic reconfiguration, and Android Camera v3 were some of the major topics that were discussed. Mauro Carvalho Chehab, and Shuah Khan represented the Open Source Group in these discussions, and have contributed a large amount of code to this area.

Read more on the Linux Kernel media mailing list.

FFmpeg in Google Summer of Code

FFmpeg is currently dealing with a large amount of mentor allocation and student/intern ranking work after securing spots on both Google’s summer of code and SFC’s Outreach. Being selected for the two programs came as a surprise for this 15-year-old project which couldn’t secure a spot for GSoC last year, even though it’s existence is considered vital for the FOSS multimedia landscape. FFmpeg’s outreach participation is being sponsored by the Samsung Open Source Group who is also sponsoring GStreamer participation in this round of the program.

Read More on the FFmpeg Wiki.


Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

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