Chrome for Linux Moving Along

Google Chrome ScreenshotWithin the last few days, the development build of Google’s Chrome Web browser has made great strides toward being ready for prime time use. Within Linux Mint, at least, the browser supports plugins such as Adobe Flash fairly well, the ability to import bookmarks, history, passwords and other information from Firefox has been implemented and is working properly, and the chrome (the appearance of the window – not to be confused with the name of the browser) is now consistent with the Windows version. When maximized, the tab bar moves into the area normally used as the title bar by other programs, allowing you to use almost as much of the screen as you would in fullscreen mode with other browsers.

If you are running some version of Linux on your computer and you have not yet tested the development build of Chrome, you really should check it out. At this point, the only real issue I am experiencing is that it’s difficult to enable the plugins. I had plugins working properly for a while, but then had to make some adjustments to my Flash installation, which stopped the plugins from working within Chrome. I’m assuming, though, that once the plugins are officially supported by Chrome, they will begin working properly (which will, hopefully, be very soon).

TweetDeck in 64-Bit Linux

I updated my home computer the other day, installing the latest 64-bit version of Linux Mint. This is my first foray into regularly using a 64-bit version of Linux, so I was not really prepared for some of the issues I experienced. Most of my issues (Amarok not working properly) were easily solved by simply adding some of the default Ubuntu repositories that are disabled by default in Mint.

However, I still had problems getting Adobe AIR and TweetDeck (or Seesmic Desktop, for that matter) to work correctly. After a bit of searching, I found that this is because Adobe hasn’t released a 64-bit version of Adobe AIR, and 64-bit Linux isn’t really prepared, out-of-the-box, to handle the 32-bit version.

I found an article in the Adobe knowledgebase explaining how to get Adobe AIR installed. Unfortunately, the link to the getlibs package in that article is outdated, and it was really difficult to find the real location of that file. I finally found it. This is, apparently, only a termporary location for the package, so I don’t know where it will end up afterwards. There is a topic in the Ubuntu forums where the location is discussed.

In Case You Missed It – The Month of April in Review

This is intended to be a monthly wrap-up, but my memory’s not good enough to go all the way back to the beginning of the month. Therefore, you just get the last few weeks. As a bonus, though, I threw in a few stories from May 1. :)

April 13, 2009

YaBB 2.4 Released

The latest version of YaBB Forum Software came out with a long list of bugfixes and some nice new features.

April 20, 2009

CenterNetworks Switches to WordPress

Our sister site, CenterNetworks, made the switch from Drupal to WordPress. While far from painless, the transition seems to have gone smoothly and the site is moving right along on the new platform.

Oracle Buys Sun Microsystems

It will be very interesting to see how this effects the marketing strategy for MySQL, being that MySQL and Oracle DB are direct competitors. With MySQL being open-source, it can’t actually go away, but the focus might change dramatically.

Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition Released

Although I am not an Ubuntu user, I do use Linux Mint (which is based on Ubuntu) as my primary OS at home. This release means that a new version of Mint is in the works and should be released fairly soon.

April 24, 2009

OpenSUSE 11.2 Milestone 1

The OpenSUSE community released the first milestone of OpenSUSE 11.2. Then, on May 1, they also released an update to OpenSUSE 11.1. I am seriously considering either replacing one of my other distros with the new version of SUSE or installing it as my Linux distro at work. Unfortunately, my attempts to test OpenSUSE 11.1 in VirtualBox have consistently failed miserably.

April 25, 2009

New Boxee For Ubuntu, Mac and AppleTV

I have not yet tested the new version of Boxee, but the Linux update apparently fixes Hulu (for now, at least), introduces Pandora Radio and more. I will probably give it a try this weekend.

April 29, 2009

Mandriva 2009.1 (Spring) Released

Mandriva 2009.1 came out the other day. I am still working on trying to successfully upgrade to this version, but from what I’ve seen, it looks really good. The new version comes with KDE 4.2 natively and includes quite a few other “enhancements.”

Drupal 6.11 and 5.17 Released

The Drupal team put out two new releases with various fixes and changes.

May 1, 2009

Microsoft to Give Away Windows 7 For 13 Months

Microsoft will apparently let people use Windows 7 without paying for it for a little over a year. Unfortunately, though, they will stop letting you use it at that point if you don’t pay. I think a better model would be to allow beta testers to use Windows 7 perpetually for free, but then start selling it commercially to everyone else.

Voting Opens for the eduStyle Awards

The premier site for showing off your higher education Web site and soliciting public opinion on your design opened voting on the second annual eduStyle awards.

Linux Mint 6 KDE Edition Released

A few days ago, the Linux Mint community released the community edition of the KDE version of Mint. If you’re a fan of Linux Mint, but you prefer the KDE desktop environment over Gnome, be sure to pop on over and download the new version.

KDE 4.2 Released

The latest version of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) for Linux has been released. Early reports seem to indicate that this version (version 4.2.0) is a huge improvement over the earlier versions of KDE 4.x.

I am still waiting for Linux Mint to release KDE 4.2 in their repositories; but once they do, I will be installing it and checking it out. I am also planning on booting into my Mandriva installation later today to see if KDE 4.2 is available there, yet.

If you’re using a Linux distribution with KDE 4.2 installed, please share your experiences with the new desktop environment.

Google Gadgets for Linux

Unfortunately, there are few good options for sidebars in Linux. With the advent of the Vista sidebar on Windows Vista, I find myself missing those nifty widgets when using other operating systems.

I am slowly moving toward using Linux Mint more than I am using Vista, so I went in search of a good sidebar for Mint. After trying a few things that failed miserably, I happened upon Google Gadgets for Linux (GGL). It is important, at this point, to mention that Google Gadgets is also available for Windows and Mac. For purposes of this article, though, I will be referring exclusively to GGL, as I have not tested the application on any other operating systems.

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