[AI] IT's open season on the Web!

Gopalakrishnan gopalakrishnan_vip at yahoo.co.in
Sat Jun 14 20:40:40 EDT 2008


IT's open season on the Web! 

Anand Parthasarathy 

Firefox 3 will be available for free download on June 17 

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Latest Ubuntu 8.04 desktop can run from DVD drive

Firefox has a reputation for blocking viruses

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- Graphic: Anand Parthasarathy 
 
OPEN HOUSE: The latest version 3 of the Firefox browser can be downloaded on June 17, while the new desktop version of Ubuntu linux is already available.


Bangalore: Within weeks of each other, the most popular Open Source operating system and one of the most used web browsers for lay users have unveiled their
latest avatars - and chances are they will attract millions of first-time users. On Tuesday, the third edition of Firefox will become available for free
download. Such is the build-up and hype for this Open Source web browser that 1.6 million users have already pre-registered to get the software on Download
Day, June 17 - and as of Saturday, 21,300 of them are based in India. 

Mozilla, which promotes Firefox, hopes to create a Guinness World Record for the highest number of downloads on a single day (downloads can be done from

http://www.spreadfirefox.com
 /en-US/worldrecord/firefox3).

Firefox has a reputation for blocking viruses and other malware more effectively than many competing offerings, and many users whose PCs or laptops run
on proprietary systems still choose to browse with Firefox.

The browser has ironed out almost all its minor glitches during months as a beta and what is offered now is a robust version.

Going by the pre-release versions, Firefox 3 will be available in the Punjabi and Gujarati versions also.

The switch to an Open Source operating system has become just a bit easier, with the recent availability of the latest version - 8.04 - of the Linux distribution,
Ubuntu. A free download from Canonical, U.K., Ubuntu has become one of the most popular Linux flavours - and the latest version can be saved on a DVD and
will run directly from that drive without disturbing whatever operating system one may be running. It can be downloaded from 
www.ubuntu.com/download
 but since the full software takes almost 4 GB, readers may prefer to use one of the free DVDs being offered with the June 2008 issues of the computer monthlies
Digit and Chip in India. This correspondent used the Chip DVD and it opened Ubuntu in trial mode on a Windows Vista PC, allowing sampling of all its features,
including the OpenOffice suite and the Open Source graphics software GIMP, which are bundled. At the end of the trial the DVD can be removed and the PC
returned to the Vista desktop, without hassle. 

This feature alone will give many first-time users the courage to give Open Source a try.

Source: "The Hindu: National", date: 15-06-2008

With regards,

Gopalakrishnan


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