Archive for the ‘Apps’ Category
Just a few hours ago Mozilla launched Firefox 4.0 and it already seems to be much faster than the 3.5 version that was previously installed on this computer; although this is just a personal impression and there is no official benchmarking or statistics at this stage. The funny thing is that this is the first time that I can remember a major release of Firefox (honestly, when was the version 3.0 released? 2007, 2008?). There is no radical changes in Firefox 4; however, there is no doubt the super-speed hype will give this version a positive spin. It seems that Mozilla does not want to rock the boat.
UPDATE: Here is a nice live download map for firefox 4.0.
OK… Here is the situation: You’ve got some unconventional/incomparable windows application and that’s why you are still a Windows user and you don’t trust any of these emulators especially this thing called Wine. Well, first of all Wine Is Not an Emulator. second, I’m pleased to inform you that it’s very probable that your unusual windows application will run in Linux, probably much better than the way it’s running in Windows.
I’m saying this because in the past three months I’ve been throwing every wacky windows applications at Wine; from this guitar effect processing software to some flash/active-x learning apps that come with books and all of them work smoothly under Wine right out of the box. It’s not a surprise especially considering the fact that Wine has been under development for something like fifteen years and has reached an unprecedented maturity. The Wine AppDB and Wiki has become a second-to-none documentation for those seeking to get the best out of their windows applications under Wine.
So I feel like I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Wine developers and the surrounding community which have made it easier for us to convert to marvels of GNU/Linux.
Torrents have been my best companions for downloading GNU/Linux distributions, free-to-share movies, and creative-common music. On my Debian installation, I’ve been ecstatic with rtorrent since it’s been a solid solution for my torrent needs . However, quite recently, I made yet another great discovery: Deluge.
To be honest, Modern web pages ain’t look pretty in CLI web browsers. Up until yesterday, the most kick-ass web browsing experience I had in Console was w3m with image viewing enabled. I was under the impression that this was the best that CLI web browsers could do. However, all that changed when I stumbled upon NetSurf; a venerable independent web browser that has been around for nearly a decade and is available for many Platforms such as RISC OS, Amiga, BeOS, and UNIX-like systems (For both GTK and Framebuffer front-ends). Below is a screenshot of NetSurf FrameBuffer front-end in Debian on my Asus EeePC: