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Internet Explorer in Ubuntu Linux

As a web application developer, we have to support our application in every (at least recognized) web browsers. That’s why after developing our application, we have to check it in Internet Explorer. And we all know well, if there is the worst browser, then it is IE. However, we need to install IE in Ubuntu linux to check
our application properly. Here is a way:

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Watch out for this Firefox gotcha

So far I’m reasonably happy with Firefox 3. I like two features in particular: crash recovery (if the browser crashes, it offers to restore all your tabs when you resume) and download pause/resume (if you’re doing a big download and you need to close the browser for some reason, you can restart where you left off). Here’s the Download Manager in action. See that Pause button?

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wattOS: Light weight, Ubuntu-based Linux distro

Wattos

WattOS is a new Linux distribution that’s based on Ubuntu, but designed for low-power machines. It has low system requirements, which means you can run it on older hardware. But the developers are also hoping to build advanced power management features into the OS so that you’ll have a full Linux desktop experience without consuming much power (by today’s computer standards).

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Developer fixes 33-year-old Unix bug

An OpenBSD developer has discovered and fixed a bug in the software that has been traced back to an AT&T version of Unix from 1975. OpenBSD is a variant of the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), a widely used, open-source, Unix-like operating system. BSD’s variants include OpenBSD, FreeBSD and NetBSD, and it forms the basis of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system.

Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 Beta

We have been informed that Internet Explorer 8 is right around the corner, and Microsoft has released the beta of the new browser. Internet Explorer 8 is available from Microsoft’s Beta pages, and is compatible with Windows Vista x64 and x86, Windows XP SP2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. The installation appears to overwrite the IE7 install, it can be later removed, and a reboot is required before the installation is complete.

So what novelties does Internet Explorer 8 bring to the table? Microsoft lists a good number of new features, including a new favorites bar, contextual “Activities” menus, “WebSlices” (chunks of content sites can serve to users’ link bars), an improved phishing filter, “domain highlighting”, new developer tools, and functionality to help users transition from other browsers. For instance, IE8 can import Firefox bookmarks and even look for extensions similar to those a user might have installed in Mozilla’s browser.