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Open Source Challenge

I challenge all my fellow Linux geeks and other computer users out there to take up the *[Open Source] Challenge*. That is that each one of you try to use Open Source for all your computing. Now I hear you say “I spend most of my computing time at work and I can only use Windows” that’s exactly the point of the challenge :).

For every piece of software you use on a daily basis at work or at home if there is an Open Source alternative for you to use try to use it. And if you can’t download them at work burn it to a CD or bring it on a USB key from home. Here is a list of what I use at work:

  • Web browser: Firefox – Say goodbye to the 3 year old IE6
  • Ftp client: Filezilla – A great windows client and guess what it’s OS
  • RSS feed reader: Feedreader
  • Productivity suite: OpenOffice.org – Wont have all those proprietary plugins such as ReqPro but if you can do without Word the why not write it in OO.org?
  • Instant messenger: GAIM – A fantastic multi protocol agent, get rid of multiple clients; MSN, ICQ and go for one and do it OS(Open Source) instead
  • Vector graphics: Inkscape – Uses the SVG standard format
  • Raster graphics: GIMP – From it’s roots come GTK+ and Gnome not as many features as Photoshop but one heck of a better price :)

That is just a short list of the programs I use at work. You may find that most of the popular Linux applications have a Windows port. But you may say why bother when what I’m using works and how will my use benefit anyone? Well when you use this products at work and someone comes is having trouble with one of the proprietary programs then you can show them what OS(Open Source) has to offer and you have the installation on offer for them to use it on their computer. As we break down the stigma that OS(Open Source) software is “hard to use” or “for geeks only” with these GUI Windows programs Linux wont seem like such a large step for people if you say, “You know OpenOffice.org that you have been using for X months. In Linux OpenOffice.org is exactly the same.”

So give it a try and take up the Open Source Challenge today :)

Longhorn faces another delay

Yet another delay has been announced for the next versoin of windows codenamed Longhorn. Will this give futher chance for Linux to gain a foothold in the Desktop market only time will tell. But by the time it is released in late 2006 we on the current 6 month release schedule we should see Gnome 2.16, if version 2 at all maybe into 3?? and probably Fedora Release 6.

Check the story at infoworld

IE7

Just last week I was saying how we weren’t going to see a new version of Internet Explorer until Longhorn was released however today I read this article which is saying Microsoft is now possibly ramping up it’s development.

All I can say is that they have a fair way to go in terms of catch-up to do. So I still urge you all too switch2firefox

Death of a Browser

With Microsoft’s decision to not to release any new versions of Internet Explorer independent of new versions of Windows. With Longhorn looking like it’s still at least a year away and might even be held further back if hardware doesn’t catch up to it could be pushed back even further.

But even if Microsoft pulls off the feat of releasing Longhorn on time they might find that they have completely lost their market share. While I was playing around with WINE I thought to try to install Internet Explorer on it for fun. So I grabbed the latest cover CD from a magazine and went on the hunt for the Internet Explorer installer. Only to find that it wasn’t in there of 2 CD’s there wasn’t Internet Explorer included. Wow it was even a browser special it had a couple of IE enhacements such as crazy browser but no IE. Sure 90% of people browsing the internet are using Windows (According to Google zeitgeist) and 88% of those have Win98 or above so they definitely have Internet Explorer installed.

But with comparatively slow bug patching and no new releases until Longhorn Microsoft might face the prospect of another browser war all over again with basically the same product. For those of you who aren’t aware Firefox is a product of the Mozilla foundation which was set up just before AOL bought out Netscape. It will be very interesting as the next year goes by without any new release of IE will Firefox come up from behind and steal the market share? Only time will tell. :grin:

4th in Google search of "emerge world"

I was looking at the stats for my blog today using the Awstats which is provided by my fantastic free webhost bulidtolearn and I noticed that I had a visitor who searched “emerge world” in at google so I did the search myself. To my supprise my tale of emerge world came up 4th you can do the search yourself at Google or here is a direct link.

What’s even more supprising is that I come in even before any Gentoo sites so go figure :cool:. The google bot is good for something I suppose.

Google on the desktop?

Just a quick thing I was reading that I found quite interesing while reading the Google Blog. That it looks like we will see Microsoft-Netscape type battle all over again but this time with the worlds most popular search engine.

Read the article on at the NY Times

Firefox 0.9 released

Just a quick note that one of my favorite browsers, firefox, has just released another version, 0.9. It is by far the best browser available for windows and in which I do all my browsing here at work. So with a download footprint of just under 5mb who whouldn’t at least want to give it a shot, go on throw out that bloatware IE and just give it a go for a week, I’m sure you wont be disappointed.

Download here

And check out a review on madpenguin here it lists some of the new features to be found in this release.

And I added a nice little button to firefox too :).

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