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Friday, October 21, 2005

Open Source Friday: This time, it's personal

Posted by: Hammer / 2:55 PM

Hey, look, 100,000,000 Firefox downloads. It's not enough, but it's a start. You can also download the second beta version of Firefox 1.5 (project page). I've been running Fx 1.5 (formerly aka "Deer Park") for a week now on Fedora Core 4 at home and Windows 2000 at work. I had some extension and theme issues, but I've cleaned that up.

So far, there's just nothing thrilling about the new version of Firefox. It's a little faster, a little more secure, and updates are supposed to be easier (I haven't updated anything yet, so I can't say for sure). The official 1.5 release will probably be available next month. Download it then.

Reader D sent us this ZDNet article about Flock, a new web browser based on the Firefox code. This is a "developer preview" -- which means it is not for the faint of heart. Looks like it's intended for bloggers and fans. I'm the former, but not the latter. I do my blogging in gVim. I prefer to have a browser for reading web pages and an editor for writing blog posts. I'll never be fan of the App that Does it All.

Two Firefox recommendations. This extension is great for handling PDF files. Adobe's newest reader is so bloated and slow to load that we need a tool to help out when we accidentally click on a PDF link. PDF Download gives you the choice of how to handle PDF files. Very handy. There there's Colorful Tabs which makes your tabs different colors. It also bolds the text of the current tab, which is nice.


gvim to edit? What are you, a girl? If vi needed a gui mode, then Bill Joy would have invented it in 1976.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 PM  

Wow, that's a good opportunity for me to ask how the page looks in lynx?

By Blogger Hammer, at 12:37 PM  

I never said a browser shouldn't have a gui, but since you ask -- not bad, actually. Of course, I can't leave comments in Lynx, since you have word verification switched on.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:33 PM  

Well, it's readable in lynx, but it's not quite the same thing. Better than reading in RSS. Of course, if a browser needed RSS support, the good folks at NCSA would've invented it back in 1993. :)

I'd love to turn word verification off. But all the positive feedback was starting to affect me. Apparently, thousands of people love this blog and think I would be interested in prescription drugs.

By Blogger Hammer, at 9:46 PM  

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