The Firefox juggernaut, which had been slowed recently by a spate of security concerns, has picked up steam again on the strength of a decision by IBM to endorse the alternative to Internet Explorer for its massive employee base.Firefox, now the second most popular browser and by far the biggest threat to Microsoft's IE to materialize since the demise of Netscape, has seen better uptake among consumer users than businesses, who analysts say are often more reluctant to jump quickly to alternatives.However, the Big Blue win changes that overnight. IBM said it had formally endorsed the use of the Mozilla Foundation's browser, which had already found its way onto the desktops of some 10 percent of IBM's 300,000-strong user base.IBM will make the software available for download from internal servers starting next week -- eliminating the need for users to go online to download it themselves -- and will start offering help desk support for the browser software.The win is, if nothing else, a … [Read more...] about Firefox Gets Big Win with Big Blue
There's a scenario that most every Apple aficionado has run into: A Web site that, when visited via Apple's Safari Web browser, just doesn't work. If it's just a handy site, failure is irritating. When it's an important site, perhaps even a critical federally managed site, a Safari failure can incite real anger, especially when the error report indicates the site is "optimized" for Microsoft Internet Explorer.Shouldn't government sites be open to all browsers? Aren't sites supposed to be built on basic Web standards? Hasn't there been plenty of time to iron out these standards? Sure, Safari usage is only hovering around 4 to 6 percent of all browser use range, but clearly Apple OS X and Safari is a viable Microsoft alternative worthy of support, is it not?A private company not making its site available to all users is one thing, but access to government information can be a touchy issue. Back in 2005, the issue of Safari incompatibility erupted. Lots of sites, including banks and … [Read more...] about Safari vs. .Gov
There are many occupational hazards associated with being a fan of FOSS, but one Linux Girl never expected to have to endure is what's afflicting her now: whiplash.Yes, after all the unexpected twists and turns in Dell's approach to Ubuntu, another surprise maneuver came up last week that was simply too much.The move in question, you ask? Well, just days after the news broke that Dell had removed all Ubuntu-preloaded machines from its site, reports emerged that the company is actually *expanding* its desktop Ubuntu selection.This, after Dell's "love letter" to Linux went up -- and then down -- and after it crafted the daringly insightful "Windows vs. Ubuntu" comparison guide. All in the space of a few weeks!Many heads were apparently spinning over on Digg as well: While the news of the Ubuntu removal garnered almost 1,200 Diggs and more than 400 comments, subsequent word of the expansion had received only about 400 Diggs and 80 comments by Friday.Head and neck injuries tend to have … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Ubuntu’s Wild Ride on the Dell Roller Coaster
It's never easy to stand by and watch a relationship in trouble, but that's just how things have been feeling here in the Linux blogosphere of late.First there's the constant bickering, the growing sense of distance, the discontented grumbling and snide remarks. Next, there are the wandering eyes and intentions, and the seeking out of greener pastures.For many longtime Linux users, the past few months have resembled the first phase of that progression as the Systemd Inferno has blazed higher and higher.And now?Well, we have none other than this: a seemingly innocent "Ask Slashdot" post that appeared recently, inquiring about "workaday software for BSD on the desktop."Need Linux Girl say more? "For a variety of reasons (some related to recent events, some ongoing for a while) I've kinda soured on Linux and have been looking at giving BSD a shot on the desktop," began the anonymous reader who wrote the shocking post."I was curious what experience and advice other Slashdot users could … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Is It Time to Give BSD a Try?
In Mac- and Apple-focused activity this week, bloggers and commenters have been beating up on allegations of premature iPods deaths as well as speculating on the next generation of redesigned MacBooks and MacBook Pros.Also in the air is a mysterious MacBook firmware update and the supposed upcoming downfall of Apple TV.In an article appearing in the UK's The Independent (and later syndicated with permission by MacNewsWorld), writer James Daley kicked up a storm of criticism by suggesting that Apple's software updates intentionally beat up and eventually knock out older iPods at about the time they reach two years old. This assertion came after his iPod started crashing and he started asking around, specifically to his wife and friends."My partner, however, was not remotely surprised. My problems, she said, were yet further evidence in support of her conspiracy theory that Apple deliberately tries to destroy its older iPod models by designing software updates that make them malfunction. … [Read more...] about MAC BLOG SAFARI Mac Bloggers Fantasize Over Fresh MacBooks, Bicker Over Apple TV Resolution
No sooner did the Novell v. SCO case draw to a close than another one seems to have come to take its place.This time, of course, IBM is the big name involved, while TurboHercules, a French company that makes a mainframe emulator, plays the little guy. At issue are Hercules, the open source mainframe emulator; 173 IBM patents; IBM's 2005 patent pledge, which apparently covered two of them; and TurboHercules' formal complaint with the European Commission. Plus the question of what a promise means, and whether there should be patents.Confused yet? You're not alone."IBM is using patent warfare in order to protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open Source Software," wrote FOSS advocate Florian Mueller in response to the case.On the other hand, "Who is suing whom? It's not IBM, folks," asked Groklaw, calling Mueller's assertions nothing more than FUD. "The complaint against IBM was filed with the EU Commission by TurboHercules. At that exact moment, did they not … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI IBM and TurboHercules: The Patents, the Pledge and the Blogosphere Brawl
It was just the other day the suggestion was made that Linux is best-suited for bachelors. That assertion set off quite a little storm of controversy, as alert readers may recall, bothhere on these virtual pages and elsewhere throughout the blogosphere.The latest match to be tossed onto this tinderbox of a topic? A post over on LXer provocatively titled, "Anyone can use the Linux operating system."Ninety percent of today's Linux distributions "can be easily used by just about anyone when properly configured and presented with a couple minutes of explanation to the new user," wrote Thoughts on Technology blogger and Bodhi Linux lead developer Jeff Hoogland in his post on the site.It's those first steps, though, that are critical -- and where potential users can be lost as a result of the obstacles they encounter during installation, he suggested."Ultimately the best solution for getting Linux into the hands of someone new and having it provide a positive experience is the proper setup … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI The Stomach-Churning Prospect of Installing Linux
Those of us who have been around the block a few times here in the Linux blogosphere have seen it many times before: With one hand, Microsoft holds out a small olive branch to the Linux community, while with the other it prepares a new patent attack, posts a "cautionary" FUD-filled video, or perpetrates some other kind of anti-FOSS mischief.That's why it felt like deja vu all over again last week, when we learned not only that Microsoft is apparentlyone of the top contributors to the Linux kernel, but also that it had sent an early birthday present to Linux in the form of an apparently lighthearted video.Featuring cartoon versions of Bill Gates and Tux, the video begins by recounting the "rocky start" the two experienced, including the famous Halloween Documents exchanged among Microsoft executives about Linux and the "bickering" that continues today.Also shown is Tux throwing a rock at Gates' "window.""There's no truce in sight," the video reads... "Or is there?"The final line then … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Is Microsoft Linux’s New BFF?
Some weeks, there's just no question what topics need to be covered here on the Linux Blog Safari.Take last week, for example. On blog after blog, our travels throughout the Linux blogosphere revealed countless variations on the same, underlying theme: the announcement of Google's Chrome operating system.Though by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the places we found discussions of the Chrome OS: All About Linux; Linux Loop;Linux Today ;LXer -- in in one, two, three and four separate threads; One Click Linux;Slashdot;Junauza ; andDigg -- not just one, not two, but three times.That Google's original announcement drew more than 5,300 Diggs and 650 comments by Friday is some small indication of the level of excitement that's going on here."A fast, lightweight operating system based on Linux, designed specifically with internet use in mind, most likely to include Quicksilver functionality natively?" wrote MattJF317 on Digg. "Yes, please. I, for one, welcome our Google … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Reflections on a Chrome-Plated World
Well, it's been an emotional rollercoaster ride here in the Linux blogosphere in recent days, thanks to Dell's proclamation -- and then apparent retraction -- of its love for Linux."Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows" read item No. 6 on Dell's "Top 10 list of things you should know about Ubuntu" as recently the middle of this month. "The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux," it added."Hoorah!" one might say. "At long last!"Dell's uplifting words of endearment caused considerable joy and jubilation among Linux aficionados far and wide, including The VAR Guy, Network World and the rowdy crowd over at Digg, among many others.Too bad it didn't last.Sometime between the June 16 and 21, apparently, Dell thought better of its little public display of affection and carefully reworded that particular item.The new wording: "Ubuntu is secure," item No. 6 now reads. "According to industry reports, Ubuntu is unaffected by the vast … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Dell’s ‘Love Letter’ to Linux: Now You See It, Now You Don’t?