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Firefox users grow at Internet Explorer’s expense

It looks like the hard work of the Firefox community is starting to pay off as the number of the Firefox web browser users have increased considerably in a year’s time. It’s not much of a good news to Microsoft since their web browser, the Internet Explorer, has suffered a declined in usage.

I still see a lot of room for improving the percentages here. For one thing, I see a lot of people still using Internet Explorer version 6.0. This IE version is just way too big a problem with all the holes it has (and all the problems it brings to web site developers). If these people would just start using the Mozilla Firefox web browser instead, I think we can see more substantial increases in the Firefox’s market share. (statistics provided by NetApplications.)

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If you are still an Internet Explorer v6 or earlier user, switch to the Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. It a lot more secure than what you’re using right now!

Download a copy of Firefox.

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi driver source code released

This should be a welcome surprise. Creative has released the source code for its Sound Blaster X-Fi and X-Fi Titanium Series Linux 32bit/64 bit drivers. Supported features are PCM playback, recording and mixer functions for ALSA

This download is intended for the following audio devices only:

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty┬« Champion Series
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Professional Audio
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

You can download it from this Creative forum announcement. From the looks of it, someone has already successfully used the compiled kernel module in Ubuntu 8.10.

Open Office 3.0 now available!

open-office-logo

After several years into development, Open Office (a free and open source alternative to Microsoft Office) version 3.0 has been released. Now if I could only get to download a copy and upgrade. Looks like the whole Internet community is converging on their web site — still getting errors visiting their web site.

Oh well, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to wait for a couple of days for the upgrade.