Most of us by now have heard of Google's Chrome web browser. The Chrome browser is based on an open source project called Chromium. There's not really much difference between the two. Chromium is basically just Chrome without the Google branding and without the extensive EULA.
If you run the Google Gears add-on for Firefox on Linux, then you've probably been getting annoyed by Firefox trying to update the add-on and getting a failure message that interrupts your web browsing. Read more
The web has been abuzz this week with the news that Google has released an early version of their new Chrome OS. This early version is actually the open source Chromium OS. If you really want to get a feel for this new operating system, you can follow the directions on the Chromium OS site to compile and build the OS to make your own flash drive image or VMware image. I was unable to get my VMware image running, but my flash drive image does work. Read more
Get Google Chrome on Linux
If you've been waiting impatiently for Google Chrome on Linux, there is now a developer version available for Ubuntu and Debian systems (x86 and x86-64-bit only). The first step to installing it is to go to Dev Channel on chromium.org and download the appropriate .deb package file for your architecture. You'll have to accept a license agreement before you can begin your download. Read more
There is an article on InfoWorld today listing the author's 10 favorite FOSS applications for Windows. One of the great things about Open Source is that someone can take that source code and compile it for another platform. These free programs are a great way to spread the word about the vast world of Free Open Source Software that is available to today's computer user. As users get accustomed to using these non-proprietary programs, it becomes much easier for them to make the transition to Linux. Read more