Archive | April 4, 2006

FireFox reaches 10% market share

Computerworld News notes Firefox finally breaks 10% barrier, says tracking firm. “The open-source Firefox Web browser finally gained enough users in March to grab 10% of the browser market, according to Net Applications.” Cool! Is this the first browser to have a two-digit share against IE since the decline of Netscape?

Virtual new Reality

From Garrett Fitzgerald’s Blog: “VMWars. Microsoft announces that it will give away Virtual Server. VMWare’s response? Not only are they giving away VMWare Player and VMWare Server Beta free, but they just opened up the specs for their Virtual Machine Disk format. *rubs hands gleefully* Ooh, this is gonna be good… hope VMWare’s smarter than Netscape was. 🙂 (Thanks to the /. folks for the pointer.)”

Over at Linux Watch: “One of the ironies of Microsoft’s PR move (giving away Virtual
Server) is that it really makes no sense to run a virtual machine on
top of Windows. Windows, as the forthcoming bloatware called Vista
shows to an extreme, takes up a lot of resource. As David Berlind
points out on his ZDNet blog, “One of the great advantages of Linux is
how, when you’re setting up a system, you can strip all of the bloat
except for only those components that you need to support whatever you
plan to run on the box.”

Looking forward to meeting the Xen folks at their booth at LinuxWorld this week!

Apple fixing MacBook Pro issues

Slashdot post: Apple Begins Fixing MacBook Pro Issues. Hack Jandy writes “For those of you who bought one of the first generation Macbook Pros, a new replacement may be in your future. Flickering LCDs, overheating and intermittent WiFi connections are all common place for many of these first generation machines, but apparently Apple is fixing the problem. The article claims ‘According to Apple, it has begun replacing the mainboard inside its MacBook Pros with a new revision. It calls the updated product “revision D,” which is identifiable by product serial number.’ If you have a reservation at an Apple Store, they may even replace your MBP with a new one.”

Good for Apple! Shipping innovative hardware is risky business – hardware in the field will always show problems that don’t come up in testing. Apple (and Dell and Toshiba and everyone else) has had their fair share of leaking capacitors, overheating power supplies and faulty LCD panels. Good to see they are aggressively rewarding the early adoptors with support!

OS X 10.4.6 Released

OSNews post: MacOS 10.4.6 Released. “The 10.4.6 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies: login and authentication in a variety of network environments; file access and byte range locking with AFP file sharing; network access when using proxy server automatic configuration files; searching iWork ’06 and Microsoft Office documents with Spotlight; creating Automator workflows for iPhoto 6; synchronizing contacts and calendars to .Mac and mobile phones; and much more.” There’s a delta update for 10.4.5, and a combo update for 10.4.0-10.4.5. Easiest method is to just use Software Update.”

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