Google Operating System?

In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google announced late Tuesday that it is developing an operating system for PCs based on its Chrome Web browser.
Google said the OS would initially be aimed at netbooks, the compact, low-cost computers. It is said that the open-source software, called Chrome OS, would be available in the second half of next year.

Google has already developed an operating system for mobile phones, called Android. And several manufacturers of netbooks are also using that software. The OS will be based on speed, simplicity and security.

Last year, the company released the Chrome browser, which is a tool for users to interact with increasingly powerful Web programs, like Gmail and Google Docs, along with Web applications created by other companies. Since then, Google has been adding capabilities to Chrome, like allowing it to run applications even when a user is not connected to the Internet.

VLC 1.0 for Linux Released, with HD Codecs

Now it’s time to celebrate… the best, free and popular media player application, VLC reached version 1.0.0 after more than eight years of activity!!!….

It is now providing support for some HD streams. The highlights of VLC 1.0.0 are:

· Added new HD codecs:

· Blu-Ray Linear PCM
· Dolby Digital Plus
· AES3
· TrueHD
· Real Video 3.0 and 4.0

· Added support for M2TS and Raw Dirac
· Greatly improved the support for video playback
· Added MP3 fixed-point encoder
· Added Dirac encoder
· AirTunes streaming support
· Playback support for zipped files
· Fullscreen support for video scaling
· Support for MTP devices
· Support for Frame-by-Frame
· Instant pausing support
· Live recording support
· Support for RTSP Trickplay
· Improved speed controls
· Improved support for the GTK environment
· Added an easier encoding graphical user interface in the Qt version
· Made the toolbars customizable
· New artwork
· Includes popular audio/video codecs
· Cross-platform and open source!

Firefox 3.5 For Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Firefox version 3.5 has been released and available for download. Firefox 3.5 is the fastest web browser. It is twice as fast as Firefox 3. As a result javascript and multimedia enabled web apps loads faster and supports open video and audio formats, allowing practically limitless new ways for sites to display rich content. This is based upon the open formats (HTML 5) which allow displaying media without a plug-in and/or proprietary software.
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What’s New In Firefox 3.5

New set of security and other advanced features.

1) Private Browsing

Private browsing is a new feature that allows Firefox to control browsing history, images, videos, and cookies in cache. Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, and temporary internet files. However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept. . This allows you to browse the Internet without storing data that could be retrieved at a later date to incriminate that person. This is useful for ecommerce and banking website.

To enable private browsing hit [CTRL]+ [SHIFT]+ [P] or simply visit Tools > Start Private Browsing

2) Forget This Site

Having second thoughts about having visited a certain Web site? With this feature, you can remove every trace of that site from your browser. Simply hit [CTRL+H] > Select Site > Right Click > Select Forgot about this site.

HTML 5 and CSS 3 Support

HTML 5, an update to the HTML language. Firefox 3.5 supports HTML5 and CSS 3. Checkout demo page for information.

Download Firefox v3.5

Visit the official website to grab Firefox 3.5.

How Do I Upgrade Firefox v3.x to v3.5?

Use your package manger or type the following commands (assuming that older firefox is installed at /opt/firefox), enter:

# cd /tmp
# wget ‘http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-3.5&os=linux&lang=en-US’
Untar and install Firefox 3.5 (close all running FF sessions):
# tar -jxvf firefox-3.5.tar.bz2
# cp -avr firefox/* /opt/firefox/

First Release Candidate of Linux Mint 7 KDE

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Linux Mint project proudly announced the official blog the immediate availability of the first release candidate of Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) KDE Community Edition operating system. This first RC is based on the popular Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) distribution, is powered by Linux kernel 2.6.28 and is built on top of the KDE 4.2.4 desktop environment. Just like the other editions of Gloria, this one also includes brand-new artwork, updated applications and many, many new breathtaking features.

. Based on Ubuntu 9.04;
· Linux kernel 2.6.28;
· X.Org 7.4;
· KDE 4.2.4;
· Amarok 2.1;
· New artwork;
· Improved boot speed;
· Improved mintMenu;
· Improved mintInstall;
· Improved mintUpdate;
· Improved mintUpload;
· Added mintWelcome;
· Added apt version, inxi and rtfm command-line tools;
· Moonlight/Silverlight support.

Minimum system requirements:

· A 32-bit processor;
· 512 MB of RAM;
· 10 GB free hard disk space (for installation);
· VGA video card capable of at least 800×600 resolution;
· A CD-ROM drive.

What is Linux Mint? Linux Mint is an elegant, easy-to-use, up-to-date, 100% free and comfortable Linux desktop distribution based on the very popular Ubuntu operating system. It offers paid commercial support to companies and individuals and free community support is available from the forums and the IRC channel.

What Is Linux

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In the early 90s, a geek named Linus Torvalds at the University of  Helsinki  in Finland thought it would be fun to write a Unix kernel from scratch. He called it Linux, and it was cool but pretty much useless without all the utility programs needed to make it a complete operating system. At the same time, Richard Stallman and his pals at the Free Software Foundation were writing a bunch of freeware Unix utilities collectively known as the GNU Project. It was cool but pretty much useless without a kernel to make it a complete operating system. Fortunately, the two parties decided to collaborate.

News of Linux spread quickly over the Internet, and many other Unix programmers joined the effort to enhance it. What we now know as Linux is a combination of Torvald’s Linux kernel, the GNU Project software, and some other nifty software bit and pieces developed by programmers from all around the world.