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Is Firefox Losing Foothold on Linux?

Firefox has been the default browser on Ubuntu for a long time. But now it looks like Firefox may not be included as the default browser on Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10. Ubuntu Netbook Edition has been optimized for smaller screens enabling it to work better on netbooks with the Intel Atom computer processor.

The change has not been finalized yet but Chrome seems like a good choice for netbooks since it has a minimal design which takes up less space than any of the other browsers. It is also very fast.

Google Chrome 5 Browser Offline Installer Update

Google has been released Chrome Browser version 5.0.375.55 to the Stable channel for Linux, Mac and Windows.  Below are a list of major security issues fixed in the latest release.

Security Fixes:

  • [7713] Medium Canonicalize URLs closer to the Safe Browsing specification. Credit to Brett Wilson of the Chromium development community.
  • [16535] High Possible URL bar spoofing via unload event handlers. Credit to Michal Zalewski, Google Security Team.
  • [30079] Medium Memory error in Safe Browsing interaction. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined).
  • [39740] Medium Bypass of whitelist-mode plugin blocker. Credit to Darin Fisher of the Chromium development community.
  • [41469] Medium Memory error with drag + drop. Credit to kuzzcc.
  • [42228] High Incorrect execution of Javascript in the extension context. Credit to Andrey Kosyakov of the Chromium development community.
Please check the Chromium security page for more detail. Note that certain bug related information may be kept private until a majority of our users are up to date with the fix for Chrome 5.
I have provided the link to download the Google Chrome Offline Installer in one of my previous posts. Click here to go now.

Opera Browser 10.53 Fixes Critical Security Vulnerability

The Opera web browser is user-friendly, secure, and fast with the inclusion of opera turbo. The Opera browser uses less memory and less space on your hard drive than before. It is also an extremely versatile web browser that includes a lot of new features such as Visual tabs, pop-up blocking, integrated searches and more advanced features such as e-mail, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat enabling you to be more productive whilst browsing through the web.

I personally disable the E-Mail, News and IM Client as I am using Thunderbird and Google talk. I have mentioned how to disable these features in an earlier post (Click Here). Anyhow I have been using the latest version (10.53) for a little bit of time now and I have to say that the browser is getting better by the day. The latest version fixes a Severe Vulnerability that affected Opera 10.52 for Windows, where it enables hackers to execute malicious code. This latest version also fixes a few other issues including browser freezing on Google Maps. I would advise anyone still using Opera 10.52 to install the 10.53 patch as soon as possible to protect their systems from this vulnerability.

Below is a list of items that implemented in the latest version of the opera web browser

  • Enjoy unprecedented speed with our new Carakan JavaScript engine, Vega graphics library, and Opera Presto 2.5 browser engine.
  • Opera includes industry leading support for Web standards such as HTML 5, SVG and JavaScript.
  • Enhanced platform integration on Windows and Mac means that Opera looks and works better than ever on your operating system.
  • A beautiful, new design looks great on Windows, maximizing your view of the Web and fully utilizing Aero transparency on Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  • Our improved dialogs will not get in your way or interrupt you. You can now switch between different pages without having to clear prompts first.
  • Searching is easier than ever, with Web search integrated right in the address field. You can also find pages from your history and bookmarks, as you type.
  • Displaying pages in the size you want is smoother than ever, with a new zoom slider in the status bar.
  • Rest assured that browsing stays personal with private browsing. Once you close a private tab or window, the data from that session is removed from the browser without a trace.

Click here to download the latest Opera version.

If you wish to install the latest snapshot it is available at the Opera Desktop Team blog.

Happy Browsing

VMware Cookbook: A Real-World Guide to Effective VMware Use

VMware Cookbook: A Real-World Guide to Effective VMware Use If you want to gain insight into the real-world uses of VMware ESX and ESXi, this book provides scores of step-by-step solutions for working with these products in a wide range of network environments. You’ll not only learn the basics — how to pool resources from hardware servers, computer clusters, networks, and storage, and then distribute them among virtual machines — but also the stumbling blocks you’ll encounter when you monitor systems, troubleshoot problems, and deal with security. In addition to the recipes, VMware Cookbook includes background information to help you determine your virtualization needs. You’ll come to view VMware as part of the real environment, alongside operating systems, storage, and logical and physical network components.Follow best practices for installing VMware in your environment Discover how to secure and monitor your network Understand disk storage implementation and configuration Learn resource management using the distributed res (more…)

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