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Google launched Chrome browserin September 2008 and failed to make a great difference in the browser market. Google took off the beta tag from Chrome in December. Now Google has launched a new beta version of it’s browser Chrome. However, the beta will not repalce the current stable version of Chrome but it is from another parallel release channel and will run side by side with the sable version of Chrome.

The best thing about this new beta is speed — it’s 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version.” writes

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Why don’t you try something new, interesting and challenging this is new year? What could be better than trying GNU/Linux on your computer. So now you will have to install a new operating system. You have a computer installed with a different OS. Now, backing up all your data, installing a new OS and getting to know it for the first time can be a pain. So, let’s do all this in a easy way. What if I tell you that there’s no need to worry about creating a new partition to install another OS for a dual-boot. Instead, you can use softwares that virtualize another OS into your host Operating System. This way you can access all your files from different Operating systems at the same time without a reboot, as is the case with dual-boot.

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I recently installed Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Studio GNU/Linux. Here is the new look I gave it.

New look of my Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Studio GNU/Linux Desktop
New look of my Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Studio GNU/Linux Desktop

This is the new look of my Ubuntu 8.10 intrepid Studio GNU/Linux Desktop. Click it to view a bigger image. If you think ‘Windows Vista rocks!’ get GNU/Linux and  install compiz fusion. You will change your mind.

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Pidgin is a multi-platform instant messaging client. Pidgin supports various protocols used by different IM clients. So if you want to log into yahoo messenger, gtalk and MSN messenger at the same time, pidgin allows you to do this in a single window. Also you can chat with all your friends, using different IM clients, at the same time using a tabbed window interface. Guess what ‘best things in the world are free.’ Yes it’s free to download like most other IM clients but provides a good multi-platform support.

What are you waiting for? Go download it from http://www.pidgin.im/download/

Happy chatting.

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Yesterday evening I installed GNU/Linux, flavour: Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Studio.  I just love it. It’s fast, looks good and it’s free :) . However, today I installed Compiz to have some eye-candy effects on my laptop. Those of you who have no idea of compiz  please search it in youtube. Now I am working on a new look for my Desktop.

See you soon.

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Last weekend I was in pune. I just came to Hyderabad this morning. Guess who’s in town today? Richard Matthew Stallman. He’s the founder of Free Software Foundation. He made some strong points during his talk at Hari Hara Kala Bhavan in Secunderabad. I was onw of the lucky guys who could go and attend his talk. Here, I present some quotes by RMS in a not so brief interpretation of his talk. The quoted texts are taken directly from his speech.

At the beginning of his talk RMS pointed out that when one thinks of using a program one is not encouraged to ask questions about ethical issues. There are many different and deeper issues when using a program apart from it’s convenience, reliability and cost. He insisted that the free software community is concerned about such deeper issues. “It’s free in the sense of freedom. We are not talking about price. Price is not the issue. The issue is whether the program respects user’s freedom and community.”

“Non-free software keeps the users divided and helpless,  divided because they are forbidden to share it and helpless because they don’t have the source code so they can’t change it, they can’t even check what it’s really doing to them.” It is essential to mention specific freedom with a program.

“A program is free for you – the user, if you have four essential freedoms:

Freedom 0 is the freedom to run the program as you wish

Freedom 1 is the freedom to study the source code of the program and then change it to make the program do what you wish.

Freedom 2 is the freedom to help your neighbour. That’s the freedom to make exact copies and distribute them to others when you wish.

Freedom 3 is the freedom to contribute to your community. That’s the freedom to make copies of your modified versions and distribute them to others when you wish.”

A program that provides the above freedoms is considered a free program. It’s not about the price. There are unethical programs which have good features as a bait to take away the freedom of a user.

Freedom 2 is essential as it allows you to share your program with a friend. If you have a proprietary program and your friend wants to have it from you, you are in a dilemma. You can brake the law and pass on a copy of the program and you cannot say no to a friend who’s is good citizen of your community. “If you give a copy to your friend, what will she have? She will have an unauthorized copy of the proprietary program. Something pretty bad, almost as bad as the authorized copy.”What should you do. “You should make sure that you don’t fall into such a dilemma. I know of two ways. One is don’t have any friends.” This divides you from your friends. “The other method is reject proprietary program.” If you don’t have the program you can’t fall into the dilemma. “That’s my solution. That’s how I avoid the dilemma. I reject proprietary software.”

Note: This post is not complete. It will be updated soon.

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You might have read my earlier post this month “Run Windows XP in Vista”. My friend Satish commented that it’s damn slow and horrible. I was a student of Mr. Rajesh Sola, who suggested me to try Sun Virtual Box. Virtual Box is the best way to virtualize your PC with different machines. It’s fast it’s easy to use and guess what? It’s free!!! I love this software. It can run many different Operating Systems on your PC. If you want to try Linux and you are afraid that you are naive and can’t handle it. Please try Linux in a virtual environment using Sun Virtual Box. You will know, that linux is much better than Windows and has many of the applications similar to that run on Windows. I used the Virtual Box to run Windows XP in Vista as I am currently dealing with softwares which run onlyn on Windows XP and Vista doesn’t support them.

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Finally, FOSS community could see light on the other end of the tunnel. Yeah, the tunnel is in college. I was checking if everything was set up for the event. We had a Linux system connected to the projector. An attender was setting up the mike. he suddenly unplugged the CPU power supply while GRUB was loading the OS. The boot loader was gone. Unfortunately we had to use a Windows to carry out the presentation. I don’t understand why do things mess up in the last second.

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Yeah it’s FOSS fever at MIT Chennai. I got down at Chrompet railway station and the MIT was near by. I could see the FOSSConf Posters flashing all around the college. The talks were held in Lecture Halls and stalls were put up in a hanger, where different projects were on display. Most of the projects were from Jaya Engineering College Also representatives from the companies Intel and ZiLogic were present to display their contribution to FOSS. The event was organized by NRC-FOSS. This event aimed at spreading awareness among students about FOSS.

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