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Firefox 3 – A Browser That Works

The latest version of Firefox is a welcome upgrade to most browsers. The reduced system resources load and improved rendering engine (making pages load significantly faster ) is well worth the upgrade by itself.

Firefox 3 looks slightly different than its predecessor (minor changes to the user interface similar to the minor changes from version 1 to version 2). However, in version 3 the browser buttons and window frames have been redesigned to conform with the look of whichever OS you’re running—Windows XP, Vista, Macintosh, or Linux.

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Can A Mac Get A Virus? Are Apple Computers Virus Safe?

The long and short to this question is yes and no. Confused yet? The yes part of the answer comes from the fact that any computer can get a virus; the no part comes from the fact that it is much more difficult for Macs to contract a virus. There are many reasons for this discrepancy.

To begin with, the new Apple operating systems, like Mac OS X are built based on the UNIX kernel, which has been around the longest, and is the safest operating system available. UNIX is an operating system that was developed in the 1960s by Bell Labs, and believe it or not, was used to play a game called Space Travel after being booted off of the creator’s regular systems. A kernel is another word for operating system; it is technically the first piece to load into memory during a startup. It is usually responsible for things like managing disk drives and handling memory.

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wattOS: Light weight, Ubuntu-based Linux distro


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.