Two months ago, I wanted to compare Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux in terms of applications performance. I thought that since most of Linux programs are cross-platform and available for Windows, it could be a good idea to see how only platform change can affect the performance of a particular application. One of my reasons was also to verify whether or not Linux is capable of getting the most out of new hardware technologies. However, I only had a Pentium 4 HT machine, and even though I went ahead with the test, I knew it was not going to answer that.
Today I’m having a look at most Instant Messengers that can handle the MSN protocol. I’m not very happy that I use this protocol but it’s the only one used in this part of the world. I’ll take a better look at 7 IM’s and rate them according to my biased opinion.
If you are looking for a computer program that can help you get the results of standard statistical procedures and statistical significance tests without the need for low-level numerical programming, then a statistical package is what you need.
Adobe Photoshop is a great product. I have been using it since 2003 and I simply love its functionality and ease of use. If there is anything to complaint about, then it has to be the high cost (US$649) involved in buying the software. For those who can’t afford Photoshop, here is a list of the 5 great free alternative to Photoshop.
You can face the task sometimes that you need a high resolution material from a particular image. Most probably when you’re a graphic designer (or even a tattoo artist), you might want to have a good quality result from a low resolution image that you can magnify no matter how much, it will give you smooth edges in high quality.
I chose to only review the GUI web browsers, since it's not exactly appropriate to compare a text-based browser like Lynx with Opera, for example. The browsers reviewed are the latest ones included in Debian Lenny, current date (May 17, 2008). The system used to review them is a Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz with 1 GB DDRAM2. The comparison includes the major five Linux browsers: Konqueror, Firefox, Opera, Epiphany and Galeon. I'm aware of others like Dillo or the older Mozilla, but decided to include only the big players at the moment.
If there is one area where the Linux desktop has done very well, it has to be the variety of solutions for subscribing to RSS feeds that has been made available to us. In this piece, I will be sharing some of these applications and my thoughts on them.
As we noted earlier today, after five beta versions have gone through testing, Mozilla has delivered Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of version 3 of the Firefox browser, for Windows, the Mac and Linux. I've been using all the previous beta versions, and while I'm still frustrated that I can't use my extensions with RC1, the rendering speed is so much faster than previous versions that I'm ready to use it as my main browser most of the time. It is still pre-release software, but the speed and several of the new features are truly welcome additions to almost everybody's favorite open source browser. Here's a tour of what's under the hood.
If you think that you always get what you pay for, the just-released beta of OpenOffice 3.0 should convince you otherwise. This free, open-source software suite provides most of what anyone could want in an office suite, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, database, drawing tools, and math equation editor.
There’s nothing worse than hearing how an entire school district is switching operating systems from Mac to Windows (or vice versa) because that’s what the “business” world relies on or some other blather. The costs associated with the transition are enormous and the whole ‘to do’ is unnecessary, because features on applications mimic one another. Additionally, it seems one option is Linux, which is open source and free.
I’ve been a fan of lightweight text editors for more than 10 years now. I started out on Emacs, drifted over to Vi(m) for a long stretch and then somehow settled into Textmate for the last couple of years. This week, since I’ve been bouncing from OS to OS, I’m checking in with a number of text editors that I’ve either never used or haven’t visited in a long time. Having been a KDE guy back in the day, gedit falls under the former category.
Earlier we challenged Moore's Law with OpenOffice.org. Today we have a three-way match. In the first corner, we have heavyweight Microsoft Office; in the second, undefeated champion Moore's Law; in the third corner, underdog OpenOffice.org. Let's get ready to rumble!
There is no official release date as yet, but Mozilla's vice president of engineering announced on the Mozilla Developer Center blog that they are hoping for a release date in late May. Firefox has made big waves in the web browser market over the last few years and - according to a BBC blog by Rory Cellan-Jones - Mozilla Europe's President, Tristan Nitot claims it is getting close to a 30% share of the browser market. It seems that clear that Firefox has taken a big dent out of Microsoft's browser monopoly in the ongoing Firefox/Explorer battle.
Assuming you have managed to find a wireless card that is working well with your Linux distribution, or perhaps you just settled for a hack-n’-hope solution with NDISWrapper, you need to settle on an application that you can use to connect to your wireless network.
After I reviewed Alien Arena last year, some readers criticized my choice of that first-person shooter (FPS) as the best free software game I had played. Several suggested Nexuiz would have been a better choice. At the time, I had not played it. Now that I have tried Nexuiz 2.4, it has become my favorite free software FPS.
Are you looking for a free and open source music player that you can use no matter which operating system you boot or switch to during the day? Meet aTunes, a small competitor to both Amarok and Apple's iTunes. Its name sounds like a hybrid of the two, and it tries to have a unique combination of the best of both user experiences.
Another tip from Free and Open Source gamer extraordinaire SlippJigg encouraged me to try out another action-packed First-person shooter (FPS) game called Warsow last weekend. So what exactly is this game and what makes it interesting?
There are some desktop backup tools available for Linux, but most of them are not developed anymore. Areca however is under constant development and also provides a user friendly GUI.
Since Amarok 2 is on its way with all the fuss around it and the currently stable 22.214.171.124 version will probably be the last in the 1.x series, I decided to make a review of the last stable Amarok. Debian Lenny will ship with this version (or any later version before Amarok 2), probably making it the most stable Amarok experience up to date.
The Good: It's fast.
Hardy Heron is a fast, exceptionally stable operating system. It is a significant step up from Windows XP and better than Vista when it comes to efficiently using resources, and frankly, ease of use.