Posts Tagged ‘Open source software’

Mozilla Firefox 3.5

July 1, 2009

Hope you are viewing this in a Mozilla Firefox browser and if you are not you have to update to the Firefox 3.5 browser. The wait is over; Mozilla has finally launched the much awaited Firefox 3.5 browser. Firefox is the world’s most favourite browser. The best part is that Firefox is free to use like all other browsers but it is also the most widely used open-source browser.

What is an open-source browser?

Open source program is a software program that is distributed freely and can be modified as per the user wants it to be. So what the Mozilla Firefox Company does is, distributes the source code of the Firefox browser to the public and people make slight changes to it , making the browser even better. This is one quality, which I really appreciated amongst the open source programs.
If you are using any other internet browser to surf the internet, you will regret not using the Firefox 3.5. If you are already using a previous version of Mozilla Firefox browser, then also you can consider updating the software to this latest version. The Mozilla Firefox 3.5 is the fastest browser in the world according to many experts and research websites.
This version of Mozilla Firefox has come out with several features that will definitely change your browsing experience. If you need to know why you need to update to this browser, the following is what you need to know.

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Logo.

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Logo.

Why should I use Firefox 3.5?

1.    Reopen Closed Window – You always wanted this feature, didn’t you?  What Firefox 3.5 does is it can undo the closed window command. After you have just crossed out the tab, and realized that you wanted that window to be open, with Firefox 3.5 you can always reopen that. All you have to do is press Ctrl+Shift+T. Another included sub feature being able to preserve the text written when the window was closed. For say you were typing an email and accidently closed the window , usually you would have to type it all over again , (unless of course it had been saved in the drafts) but with Firefox 3.5 , even the text is resurrected. Cool?

2.    Play with Tabs- Apple Safari and Google Chrome had integrated this feature long before Firefox did. But with Firefox 3.5 you can easily drag any tab out of the window, put it back in. You can also right click and do that.

3.    Keyword Filter – The Firefox 3’s had the AwesomeBar (address bar) which offered a speed list of suggestions to complete what you were typing usually from your page history, bookmarks and tags. But what if you do not want so much of clutter? With Firefox 3.5 you can filter out any search you want. Type, “Microsoft*” for any of your bookmarks related to Microsoft or the word.

4.    Session Restore – Firefox developers took the session restore feature earlier and modified it to be a crash recovery tool, so now you can select which tabs you want to come back just in case you think of these websites made your browser crash. At the time you want to recover, the browser flashes the one which made Firefox crash. Simple?

5.    Private Browsing Mode- Google Chrome calls it the Incognito browsing, Internet Explorer 8 calls it the InPrivate Browsing but Firefox 3.5 chose to call simply the Private Browsing Mode. This not just for frantic “porn mode” users but also for making the browsing safer and secure. By Private Mode you can anonymize your searches and pay bills, and do sensitive research more securely.

6.    TraceMonkey JavaScript Engine- Several months ago when Firefox 3 was running on the SpiderMonkey engine, Mozilla was developing a new JavaScript engine which it mentioned being 50% faster than the earlier engine. The engine is called the TraceMonkey and is not out and is 200% faster than the SpiderMonkey JavaScript Engine.

The Mozilla Firefox 3.5 has given surfing the internet a new meaning. People and fans are still wondering how the next version is going to be? Will it deliver an email before you even begin to type it?

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Linux

June 29, 2009

If you are new to the world of Linux this will article will make you clearly understand as to what Linux is and how it works. Hopefully this article clears out all your doubts and all your queries. We have taken the most asked questions on the World Wide Web related to Linux and have tried our best to answer them. We are trying to make this article as informative about Linux as possible.

What is Linux?

Linux is term used for UNIX based computer operating systems. There are many types of Linux based operating systems. Some of the popular kinds are Mandriva, Red Hat, SuSe, Ubuntu, Linux mint and Fedora.

What is the need for Linux or why Linux?

There are many reasons as to why people should switch to Linux.
•    Firstly, because Linux is a free operating system
•    Secondly, Linux is free and open source software, so it can be easily modified for personal use.

Tux, the official mascot of Linux.

Tux, the official mascot of Linux.

How can Linux be modified?
Linux is based on the Linux kernel. A kernel is the entire programming layer between the software and the hardware. If there is an access to the kernel, it could be modified.

What makes it different from other operating systems like OS X and Windows?

Linux kernel is distributed free of cost and is available for free download online. So any person can install Linux and modify it according to his or her personal preferences. Windows and OS X, owned by Microsoft and Apple respectively, can not be modified according to preferences. Plus they come for a price, Linux comes for free.

Can I install Linux on my laptop?

Yes you can. With the power of Linux, you can install Linux on every imaginable electronic device, you just need to have the access to its Linux kernel and edit the source code accordingly.  Linux was earlier used in servers, but nowadays people all over the world use Linux in their workstations, desktops, laptops, palmtops, mobile phones etc.

How is the word “Linux” pronounced?
This is probably the toughest question that can be answered. Pronounciation varies from person to person. You might call Vitamins as “Y-ta-mins” (the American pronounciation) and somebody else say it as “we-ta-mins”. Likewise, Linux can be pronounced in several ways. The most common of them are, “line-ucks” or “Lie-nekcs” and “lean-ecks”. The creater of Linux, Mr. Linus Torvalds however pronounces Linux as, “lee-nooks”. Well you can choose to pronounce the word Linux anywhichway, it does not really matter. With Linux you can even personalize the pronounciation.

Who started Linux?
Mr. Linus Torvalds wrote the Linux kernel in the year 1991 so you can say that had started the Linux revolution. He had actually though of naming Linux as “freaX” because of it being “free” and “unix” based. But then one of his friends named it Linux.

The new to be launched mascot of Linux. It is called Tuz as its based on the almost extinct Tazmanian Devil.

The new to be launched mascot of Linux. It is called Tuz as its based on the almost extinct Tazmanian Devil.


What all does Linux operating system comprise of?

Apart from the Linux kernel which can be modified, Linux includes other components like the X Window System, Apache HTTP Server, the K Desktop Environment and libraries from GNU operating systems. Linux includes OpenOffice.org and Mozilla Firefox we-browser.

What is GNU? Is it another operating system?
Yes GNU is another operating system which is based on the Linux kernel. Since the GNU’s kernel is still not complete it is combined along with the Linux kernel and used. Some people still call this Linux and some choose to refer this as GNU/Linux. GNU operating system are used by over 80 million users all over the world.

Who started GNU?
The project was started by Richard Stallman in the year 1984. His aim behind GNU was to have an operating system which has a collection entirely of free software. Richard Stallman also created the Free Software Foundation in 1989.

GNU / Linux project

GNU / Linux project

Why should one opt for Linux and not any other operating system?
There are endless reasons as to why one should switch to Linux.
•    Can be customized according to your personal needs
•    Is faster than Windows operating system and OS X
•    Has communities that make the Linux better every minute
•    Promotes the use of free software, why should you pay when you can get the same thing for free?
•    With Linux one can do anything that can be done in any operating system and with Linux you can do much more.

If you are new to the world of Linux this will article will make you clearly understand as to what Linux is and how it works. Hopefully this article clears out all your doubts and all your queries. We have taken the most asked questions on the World Wide Web related to Linux and have tried our best to answer them. We are trying to make this article as informative about Linux as possible.

What is Linux?

Linux is term used for UNIX based computer operating systems. There are many types of Linux based operating systems. Some of the popular kinds are Mandriva, Red Hat, SuSe, Ubuntu, Linux mint and Fedora.

What is the need for Linux or why Linux?

There are many reasons as to why people should switch to Linux.

· Firstly, because Linux is a free operating system

· Secondly, Linux is free and open source software, so it can be easily modified for personal use.

How can Linux be modified?

Linux is based on the Linux kernel. A kernel is the entire programming layer between the software and the hardware. If there is an access to the kernel, it could be modified.

What makes it different from other operating systems like OS X and Windows?

Linux kernel is distributed free of cost and is available for free download online. So any person can install Linux and modify it according to his or her personal preferences. Windows and OS X, owned by Microsoft and Apple respectively, can not be modified according to preferences. Plus they come for a price, Linux comes for free.

Can I install Linux on my laptop?

Yes you can. With the power of Linux, you can install Linux on every imaginable electronic device, you just need to have the access to its Linux kernel and edit the source code accordingly. Linux was earlier used in servers, but nowadays people all over the world use Linux in their workstations, desktops, laptops, palmtops, mobile phones etc.

How is the word “Linux” pronounced?

This is probably the toughest question that can be answered. Pronounciation varies from person to person. You might call Vitamins as “Y-ta-mins” (the American pronounciation) and somebody else say it as “we-ta-mins”. Likewise, Linux can be pronounced in several ways. The most common of them are, “line-ucks” or “Lie-nekcs” and “lean-ecks”. The creater of Linux, Mr. Linus Torvalds however pronounces Linux as, “lee-nooks”. Well you can choose to pronounce the word Linux anywhichway, it does not really matter. With Linux you can even personalize the pronounciation.

Who started Linux?

Mr. Linus Torvalds wrote the Linux kernel in the year 1991 so you can say that had started the Linux revolution. He had actually though of naming Linux as “freaX” because of it being “free” and “unix” based. But then one of his friends named it Linux.

What all does Linux operating system comprise of?

Apart from the Linux kernel which can be modified, Linux includes other components like the X Window System, Apache HTTP Server, the K Desktop Environment and libraries from GNU operating systems. Linux includes OpenOffice.org and Mozilla Firefox we-browser.

What is GNU? Is it another operating system?

Yes GNU is another operating system which is based on the Linux kernel. Since the GNU’s kernel is still not complete it is combined along with the Linux kernel and used. Some people still call this Linux and some choose to refer this as GNU/Linux. GNU operating system are used by over 80 million users all over the world.

Who started GNU?

The project was started by Richard Stallman in the year 1984. His aim behind GNU was to have an operating system which has a collection entirely of free software. Richard Stallman also created the Free Software Foundation in 1989.

Why should one opt for Linux and not any other operating system?

There are endless reasons as to why one should switch to Linux.

· Can be customized according to your personal needs

· Is faster than Windows operating system and OS X

· Has communities that make the Linux better every minute

· Promotes the use of free software, why should you pay when you can get the same thing for free?

· With Linux one can do anything that can be done in any operating system and with Linux you can do much more.