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Download of the day: Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 - code named Shiretoko Alpha 1 and is now available for download.

New features

=> Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine
=> Text API for the <canvas> element
=> Support for using border images
=> Support for JavaScript query selectors
=> Several improvements to the Smart Location Bar
=> A new tab switching behavior

=> Download Linux version here.

You may also find my step by step easy instructions on how to install the Firefox browser under Linux useful.

Firefox 3.0.1 has been released and available for download. This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Mozilla. Use the following instructions to upgrade Firefox.

Security Issues

An integer overflow flaw was found in the way Firefox displayed certain web content. A malicious web site could cause Firefox to crash, or execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Firefox. (CVE-2008-2785)

A flaw was found in the way Firefox handled certain command line URLs. If another application passed Firefox a malformed URL, it could result in Firefox executing local malicious content with chrome privileges. (CVE-2008-2933)

Download Firefox 3.0.1

=> Visit offical site to grab Firefox 3.0.1

How do I upgrade Firefox to version 3.0.1?

See how to install firefox-3.0.1.tar.bz2 in Linux

How do I update Firefox under Redhat / Fedora / CentOS Linux?

Simply type the following command, enter:
# yum update

How do I update Firefox under Debian / Ubuntu Linux?

Open terminal and simply type the following commands, enter:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

CRON-O-Meter is free, open source, and cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) dieting software written in Java. It is a fully featured nutrition and biomarker tracking tool. Designed for practitioners of Caloric Restriction (CRON) Diets.

From the project site:

CR (Calorie Reduced) diets require a lot of information to perform optimally. In order to restrict caloric intake, but remain healthy, users of the diet must track their vitamin, mineral, and protein intakes with great care.

We aim to provide a complete solution to the CR dieter. Current open-source diet-tracking applications fall short in some vital respects. Either they are not detailed enough, or they suffer from critical usability flaws. We believe that a diet tracker must be effortless to operate for the activity for which it will be used most of the time, keeping track of the foods eaten in a particular meal.

To this end, we are developing CRON-O-Meter, an application that will take into account good usability design and dense functionality. It will provide diet advice, track consumption and exercise, and generally assist in all aspects of a CR diet.

Download CRON-O-Meter

Download of the day: Fedora 9 CD / DVD ISO

Update: Nov-25,2008: Fedora Linux 10 has been related and available for download.

Fedora Linux version 9 has been released and available for download ( jump to download link ). The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored by Red Hat and guided by community and contributing members.

New in Fedora 9

This release includes many new features and software such as GNOME 2.22, KDE 4.0.3, Firefox 3 beta 5, PackageKit ( cross-distribution package management solution ), OpenJDK (Open Source Java version), SELinux confined web browser, Upstart init daemon, Xen virtualization, and many more cutting edge features.


(Fig.01 Fedora Linux 9 Desktop - Click to enlarge image)


Fedora 9 Download

You can download Fedora via the web/ftp server or via BitTorrent (recommended).

Fedora 9 DVD ISO download

Fedora download: Fedora 9 Live CD ISO download

  • Use 32 bit Live CD (691M), if internet connection is slow or you just want to see how Fedora works. You can install fedora from Live cd.

Fedora 9 DVD ISO BitTorrent download

Microsoft provides iSCSI software initiator which enables connection on following operating system:
a) Windows XP
b) Windows Server 2000
c) Windows Server 2003 etc.

How do I install MS ISCSI Initiator?

Visit Microsoft download center to grab iSCSI initiator software. Download and install the Windows ISCSI initiator.

Configuration

Once installed click on Start > Programs > Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

Select the Discovery tab.

Look for Target Portals

Click on the Add button

Type your ISCSI_TARGET_HOST_OR_IP into the IP address or DNS name input box

Set port to 3260

Next, click on the Advanced tab

Select General tab

Select CHAP logon information

Type your username into the Username box

Type your password into the Target secret box

Save changes by pressing OK > OK

Select the Targets tab

Select the new target from the Targets selection list.

Click on the Log on... button

Select the Automatically restore this connection when the system boots check box

Click on the Advanced button.

Select General tab enable CHAP logon information by selecting the check box. Fill up the details.

Save all changes.

How do I formation volume under Windows server?

Open Computer Management

Select Disk Management from the Storage

You should see a disk in the right pane that labeled as "Unknown" and "Not Initialized".

Right click on the disk and select Initialize Disk

Click OK button.

Right click on the partition information box on the right hand side of the disk information box and select the New Partition,,, button.

Now just follow the partition wizard and format the disk.

Open Source Alternative to Commercial Software

Webi has published a very comprehensive list of alternative "open source" applications to mainstream applications. It includes office applications, multimedia, graphics, networking and security applications.

=> Free and Open Source Software Directory (FLOSS/FOSS) [webi.org]

Here is a quick tip, if you wish to perform an unattended download of large files such as a Linux DVD ISO image file use the wget command.
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