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Jolicloud Web App Platform Replaces Prism With Chrome, Now HTML5 Ready

Jolicloud is one of the most popular cloud-based netbook OS based on Linux. It has been quite popular with the masses for the lightweight and web-centric interface.

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The Jolicloud team has been working on underlying changes to their web app platform to make it more faster and consume less memory. For these reasons, they have switched from the Mozilla driven Prism platform to a Chrome-based web app platform, which is similar to the .

You can now enjoy the 600+ web apps available in our App Center with a faster, low memory footprint, and HTML5 ready browsing experience.

The latest update from Jolicloud will replace the Prism web-app platform with the Chrome-based web-app platform which was rewritten by the Jolicloud team to provide the same visual experience as Prism.

The customized platform is open source and is named Nickel Chromium for fullscreen web apps, which can be downloaded from here. Another major change with the new update is that Jolicloud now fully supports , so you can watch HTML5 videos on and more.

Sunbird 1.0 RC1 Available for Downloads

Mozilla has released the v1.0b1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) for their calendar tool Sunbird. This Release candidate can be downloaded for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Mozilla Sunbird

Sunbird is a open source cross-platform Calendar management tool which you can use to manage your schedule easily and store it wherever you want. Sunbird though open source has never got much popularity as other Mozilla projects including Thunderbird and Firefox.

The Release Candidate 1 of Sunbird 1.0b1 is available for downloads through the Mozilla FTP repository. Click on the links below to download the version for your OS.

The final version of Sunbird 1.0 may be released some time late March, based on the two weeks testing period for the RC1, however, we could also see a RC2 preceding the final release. Users can file the bugs they find in Sunbird here.

Download Thunderbird 3.1 "Lanikai" Beta 1

Thunderbird 3 left a lot to be desired, and many users who used it had lots of bad things to say about it. Many did say that Thunderbird 3 was probably a rushed project by Mozilla, however, the past is past and Mozilla has already begun to fix the problems in the new version, Thunderbird 3.1.

Thunderbird 3.1

Mozilla has released a new beta for Thunderbird 3.1, codenamed Lanikai Beta 1, which fixes around 100 bugs and improves performance for the email client.

Some of the major fixes includes:

  • Fixes to improve upgrading from Thunderbird 2
  • Fixes for auto complete, tabs and activity manager
  • Design improvements and corrections to the interface
  • Stability and memory improvements

You can view a list of the full list of bugs that were fixed here. Lanikai Beta 1 has also dropped support for Windows 95, 98, ME and NT and Mac OS X versions prior to 10.4 Tiger. You can find more information about the changes in the Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 1 release here.

Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 1 is available as a download for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can find and download the appropriate version for your OS from here.

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Skeet – A New Twitter Client for Google Chrome

A few days ago, Arpit mentioned that there were 3 new extensions for the Chrome browser. Skeet was one of these.

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Skeet is a simple Twitter client which lets you see your timeline, mentions and direct messages very easily. Once it’s installed, it places an icon next to the address bar in Chrome. Clicking on the icon opens Skeet in a small floating window (shown here).

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Skeet is an open source project hosted at Google Code. At this time, don’t expect many features, because there aren’t any more than what you’ll find at Twitter.com. Did you know that Twitter has Crossed 10 Billion Tweets?

These are the features listed at the Skeet extension page:

  • – View your home timeline, mentions, and messages
  • – Twitter Search
  • – Get notified as new tweets come in
  • – Reply and retweet quickly

Some people, including Sarah at RWW, have told me that they are not having any luck getting Skeet to work. I was skeptical at first, because I received several connection errors and had to wait five minutes before Skeet finally showed me my timeline.

Like any Chrome extension, all you have to do is go to the Chrome Extension Gallery and download it. It will install automatically.

Download Skeet

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Skeet is working fine for me. It might save me time, then again, it may not. Currently, my biggest problem with Skeet is that it disappears as soon as you click away from it. This can be maddening if you are in the middle of tweeting or replying, because your unfinished message also disappears. If you are already using another Twitter client, you might be wasting your time trying this one.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

Find and Read Tons of Free E-Books with FBReader

Do you like to read? I love to read, but I have trouble making time for it. Typically, I’ve always read books, and only recently, have I moved to reading on my laptop or netbook. While using a computer, I wondered why so many people preferred using an e-book reader application. I always found most books in PDF or plain text.

Now I know why. An e-Reader can be your best buddy if it’s a good one. It keeps track of all your books, keeps track of where you are in each book, and it may also help you find more books. That’s certainly the case for FBReader, a free and open source (FOSS) e-book reader.

fbreader-icon As you may already know, besides plain text or PDF, e-books come in many formats. FBReader supports html, chm, plucker, palmdoc, oeb, rtf, tcr, OpenReader, non-DRM’ed Mobipocket, and fb2. It also supports reading from tar, zip, gzip, and bzip2 archives. It also has automatic language and encoding detection, automatic hyphenations, full-screen mode, and screen rotation.

Perhaps the best feature for FBReader is that it’s available for many platforms and operating systems. Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Android, Sharp Zaurus, Siemens Simpad with Opensimpad ROM, Nokia Internet Tablet (Maemo platform), Archos PMA430, Motorola E680i/A780/A1200 smartphones, PepperPad 3, Asus Eee PC, IRex iLiad, UMPC. There’s also a Java version that likely works on a Mac OS.

The FBReader menus and help are available in 13 languages; Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Lithuanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian.

If may have spoken too soon, when I said best feature. I also love the fact that I don’t even have to leave FBReader to go and look for more books. It’s able to search several online libraries and download new books for you. You can even add libraries, as if there wasn’t enough to read already.

Here are four screen shots showing the major functions.

Finding New Books

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Looking at Your Books

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Book Cover Art

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Reading a Book

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In Windows, FBReader is offered as a 5MB installer. I found that the program folder can be copied to a flash card or USB drive and used as a semi-portable app as well.

On a final note, there is an active FBReader Group online, which can offer all kinds of help and advice, such as, where to find more cool books.

Download FBReader

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I haven’t been using FBReader long, but I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my favorite apps. The ability to read when I want, on the go, on any PC, and find more books easily is priceless.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition | Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition

Linux Mint 8, codenamed “Helena” , had two more additions to the family : Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition and Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition.

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution with integrated media codecs and a sleek user-friendly look. Over the years it has evolved to be a complete Distribution within itself, complete with a custom desktop menu, unique configuration tools, a web-based package installation interface and a number of different editions.

Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition

Linux Mint 8 KDE Edition has been available for over a week now and is based on Kubuntu 9.10.

Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition has all the features of the KDE Edition like KDE 4.3 with improved performance and stability, Software and Update Manager improvements and default applications like Songbird, Tucan and Minitube.

This KDE64 version is identical to KDE Edition but compiled for 64 bit processors (Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, AMD Athlon X2 64 and all x86-64 compliant processors).

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition

This release has been built with the emphasis on a lightweight and yet fully functional desktop centered on the Fluxbox window manager.

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition is easily configurable to run on lower-spec hardware with the tools needed for doing so readily available. It is based on Fluxbox 1.1.1 and other than improvements in the Software and Update Manager, it also has changes in the Menu whereby the “System Tools” submenu has been broken down into smaller, less intrusive submenus.

With the addition of KDE, Fluxbox as well as 64-bit editions, it turns out that Linux Mint is turning out to be a more than “just another Ubuntu fork”. Let’s hope other Linux Distributions try to provide the user experience that the Linux Mint guys have managed to accomplish.

Linux Mint 8 Fluxbox Community Edition can be downloaded from here and Linux Mint 8 KDE64 Community Edition can be downloaded from here.

For Linux users in India, you can save your bandwidth and directly buy the Linux Mint 8 Live CDs from here.

OpenOffice.org 3.2 Released

At the start of it’s tenth anniversary OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 was officially relased today, a week after the 5th Release Candidate (RC 5) had been released.

For those who don’t know, OpenOffice.org is   the leading open source, cross-platform software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It can be used as an alternative to Microsoft’s Office tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.

Since the release of OpenOffice.org 3.0, just about a year ago,   there have been more than 100 million downloads and it remains one of the largest open source application projects out there.

Apart from fixing a number of bugs and numerous potential security vulnerabilities, the following are some of the features of the new OpenOffice.org 3.2 :

  • Upto 40% faster startup time
  • Support for open standards like ODF
  • Support for Propreitary formats and better compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007
  • Support for Postscript based commercial and free OpenType fonts for formatting, printing and display.

A few weeks before the Release of OpenOffice.org 3.2, the OpenOffice.org Community   had formally announced the “End-Of-Life” (EOL) status for the legacy OpenOffice.org version 2.x series of it’s productivity suite. This meant that support with patches, bugfixes and security updates is no longer available from the Community for these or before releases. It thus becomes imperative for the user to upgrade to OpenOffice.org version 3.x

You can download OpenOffice.org 3.2 from here and read about it’s new features in detail here .

At the dawn of 2010, OpenOffice.org 3.2 seems to be the first and only complete Office application suite out of the kilns which has made an official release. It would be interesting to see how other Office suites compare to this release.

KDE releases KDE SC 4.4 “Caikaku” and buzz.kde.org

The KDE Desktop Environment is in news this week for a number of reasons.

To begin with,   the folks at KDE have released the KDE SC (Software Compilation) 4.4 application suite , codenamed “Caikaku”. The KDE SC 4.4.0 is a Workspace, Application and Development Platform compilation bringing an innovative collection of applications to Free Software users.

The KDE SC 4.4 release introduces major new technologies such as:

  • Social networking and online collaboration features
  • A netbook oriented interface   of the KDE Plasma Desktop, called the Plasma Netbook.
  • Underlying   infrastructural innovations such as the KAuth authentication framework, a more stable implementation of the Nepomuk Semantic desktop project and better Desktop search.

The overall look and feel of this Linux desktop experience has become much more sleek and refined and the community seems to have shown excitement on this release.

To follow what is happening around the KDE SC 4.4 release on the social web , you can visit the new KDE community livefeed , buzz.kde.org .

buzz.kde.org aggregates what people say about KDE all around the web. It currently monitors identi.ca, twitter, youtube, Picasa Web Albums and flickr to show you news, opinions and other interesting stuff concerning KDE. The content claims not to have been filtered and in “almost” real time.

With bouncing windows et al, the buzz.kde.org website has been launched alongwith a complete redesign of the KDE.org frontpage. This step seems to be a   deliberate attempt by the KDE Marketing team to re-vitalise the website which contained orphaned and out-of-date pages.

With such an attractive horde of releases, even GNOME users are getting tempted to give another go to KDE.

How many Gnome-to-KDE conversions do you reckon will take place with these new releases ?

Global Hotkeys for Windows Media Player

I usually listen to my MP3 collection using SysTrayPlay (STP) music player. I like the fact that it stays out of the way in my system tray and lets me control most operations by global hotkeys. If I need to pause the music, I just hit CTRL-0 or any other combination I’ve chosen.

windows media player iconOccasionally, I like to listen to music using Windows Media Player (WMP). It’s not the greatest player, but it’s already installed and I like the SRS bass boost. The only problem is that it doesn’t have global hotkeys. When WMP is minimized, there’s no way to pause, control volume, skip songs or any other function.

I got tired of this and I went out for a google search. After a few false leads, I finally found what I was looking for. There’s a great solution at SourceForge.net named WMP Keys‘.

WMP Keys is a plugin for Windows Media Player that gives you global hotkeys for the following:

• Play/Pause         Ctrl+Alt+Home
• Next                     Ctrl+Alt+Right
• Previous             Ctrl+Alt+Left
• Volume Up           Ctrl+Alt+Up
• Volume Down       Ctrl+Alt+Down
• Fast Forward     Ctrl+Alt+F
• Fast Backward   Ctrl+Alt+B
• Rate [1-5]         Ctrl+Alt+[1-5]

WMP Keys is easy to use and manage. Download and install it. The next time you open up Windows Media Player, open up the Tools menu, choose Options and the Plugins tab. Find the Backgrounds category and enable the Wmpkeys plugin with a check in it’s check-box.

At this point, you can choose the Properties button to change any of the hotkeys that are assigned to the Media Player functions.

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These hotkeys work. It’s that simple.

Download WMP Keys

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Would you like to see some of the other cool things you can do with Windows Media Player? Check out these links.

• How to Uninstall Windows Media Player 11

• Play Real Media Files in Windows Media Player

• Play FLV Files In Windows Media Player

• How To Play QuickTime Files In Windows Media Player?

• How To Play Any Video File In Windows Media Player?

Techie Buzz Verdict:

WMP Keys is small, free and open source. It solves what I considered to be a big problem. I’d like to see the plugin expanded to include more functions, but it’s fine the way it is now. I can recommend it to anyone who still loves to play their music in Windows Media Player.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Red Hat Launches OpenSource.com

For those of you who have come across Linux, might have definitely heard about Red Hat, and might have even used RHEL distros at some point of time. Red Hat the free and open source (FOSS) company has been around since 1993 and has played a big part in bringing the features from UNIX and distributing it as Linux.

OpenSource.com 

After almost 17 years of existence, Red Hat has finally launched a new website called Open Source (http://opensource.com) where users can find the latest news, apps and information about products that follow the FOSS fundamentals.

We want to shine a light on the places where the open source way is multiplying ideas and effort, even beyond technology. We believe that opensource.com will be a gathering place for many of the open source stories we’d like to share–through articles, audio, web presentations, video, or open discussion.

The core fundamentals behind the site is to have more and more users to start using Open Source, and their main focus is to tap into the Education, Business and Government users. This initiative does not come as a surprise since most businesses and Government agencies are looking to cut costs that they have to bear when they use closed source and proprietary software.

Open Source Red Hat

OpenSource.com like any other FOSS project is a community driven project, and any users who are interested to contribute can pitch in with help. To start contributing to OpenSource.com, read the guidelines here and register to start voicing your opinions.