RIP: Netscape Navigator Web browser

Posted on in Categories News last updated January 1, 2008
Netscape Navigator Logo - End of Support for Netscape web browsers

I haven’t used Netscape web browser for years it’s sad to see the early internet browser disappear.

Netscape Navigator, the world’s first commercial Web browser and the launch pad of the Internet boom, will be pulled off life support Feb. 1 after a 13-year run. Microsoft and its Internet Explorer played a big roll in early browser war. Also lack of significant innovation paid the ultimate price. AOL officially stopped development of Netscape Navigator on 28 December 2007 and plans to continue support for the browser in the form of security updates until 2 February 2008. Afterwards, AOL will cancel support, but will allow nostalgic users to download archived versions of the browser. Also, AOL will continue to maintain the Netscape website as an ad supported Internet portal.

Netscape spawned an open-source project called Mozilla, in which developers from around the world freely contribute to writing and testing the software. Mozilla released its standalone browser, Firefox, and Netscape was never able to regain its former footing.

Download of the day: Firefox 3 Beta 2 for Linux Windows and OS X

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, Linux, Linux desktop, News, OS X, UNIX, Windows last updated December 20, 2007

Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 2 has been released and available for the download. Firefox takes security to next level. For example, If you visit a malicious site using Firefox 3, it will block the site and do it with a user interface that doesn’t allow a click-through.

The new beta software includes improved protection from cross-site JSON data leaks, tighter restrictions on cookies, clearer Web site identification by clicking on the site favicon in the location bar, better malware protection, stricter SSL error pages, anti-virus integration in the download manager, and version checking for insecure plugins.

Download Firefox 3 beta 2

Firefox 3 Beta 2 is available in more than 25 languages. Visit official home page to grab Firefox 3 beta 2 software.

Firefox 3 beta 2 Screen shot - Firefox in Action!
(Fig 01: Firefox 3 beta 2 in action)

Other Firefox news

Check out giant Firefox fathead stickers on Georgia Institute of technology football stadium (via QTP):
Firefox fathead stickers on Georgia Institute of technology football stadium
(Fig 02: Firefox fathead stickers on Georgia Institute of technology football stadium. Image Credit – official Mozilla blog)

Firefox Floppy Disks

Mozilla marketing team decided to distribute Firefox using floppies (via [email protected])
Humor: Firefox Floppy Disks
(Fig 03: Firefox Floppy Disks. Image Credit – spreadfirefox.com)

Download Firefox 3.0 for Windows, Linux and Mac computers

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, Mozilla last updated December 11, 2006
Firefox 3

Update: Firefox final 3.0 has been released for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Grab it while it is hot!

Check out more Firefox 3.0 pictures here

If you like Firefox and cutting edge software, this is a must for you.

The development name for Mozilla Firefox 3 is Gran Paradiso (a national park in Italy). Firefox version 3.0 alpha released on December 8, 2006 (final version will be release later in May 2007)

Firefox 3 will also include several new features and some that were bumped from Firefox 2, such as the overhauled Places system for storing bookmarks and history in an SQLLite database.

Do not install this on production system. This software is useful if you are a developer or testing out software to find out bugs.

=> Download Firefox 3.0 (alpha). You can just follow these Linux installation instructions.

Firefox 3.0 picuture
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Moving /home Data From Old System To a New Linux System

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux last updated May 1, 2006

Recently a friend of mine, brought a new Laptop. He installed Red Hat Enterrpise Linux workstation 4.0. However, after installation he realized that he lost all his Mozilla thunderbird emails and Firefox bookmarks, chat client logs and other files.

I told him just copy all old files from /home/$you to a new system /home/$you directory. He was trying some age-old tutorial from net, which explains how to copy files using tar and restore it back to new system. During this procedure, he was messing up with file system permission.