Facebook / Linux on Dell / Firefox reaches 25%

Category: Tech
MTW @ 4:45 pm on May 28, 2007

Well since I haven’t posted in awhile and I don’t have any one big thing to post about, I figured I’d offer a few thoughts on different things.

Facebook

In the past few weeks, Facebook has unveiled a number of exciting new features, from Facebook Marketplace on May 14th to the Facebook Platform on the 25th. Facebook Marketplace offers a place for people to put things up for sale and to discover what others in their network are trying to get rid of. At TCNJ, it eliminates the need for Nexus Trade (which, after months of being online has failed to really take off at least at our campus). The Platform is the logical progression following the Facebook API, which debuted last year. This new application framework is one I’m quite excited about and (if I’m not mistaken) makes Facebook unrivaled in terms of developer-friendliness, as social-networking sites go. If anyone has an idea for an application they’d like to see or would like to work with me on one, tell me!

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Linux on Dell computers

Finally, a major computer manufacturer has started offering Linux pre-installed on their machines as an alternative to Windows. On May 25th, Dell started offering Ubuntu Linux 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) pre-installed on 3 models of its computer systems: Dimension E520 N, Inspiron E1505 N, XPS 410 N. Hopefully they’ll start opening this up to more systems and more distributions of Linux, but even this is a great start! Watching Dell explaining Linux to the average user reminded me how far Linux has really come in terms of user-friendliness and maturity, even in the past 5 years.

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Firefox reaches 25%

According to W3Counter, Firefox has reached 25% overall market share as of… today. Any gain is a good gain I say, but it’s good to see that Firefox seems to have maintained steady growth since it was introduced. Once Firefox becomes the GRand Unified Browser, securing 100% of the marketshare, I’ll only have to code for 1 standards-compliant internet browser. … or something like that.

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In other news, mtwBlog was updated from WordPress 2.0 to 2.2 the other day. The main advantage to 2.2 is the integrated Widgets functionality, which my custom theme doesn’t yet utilize. I’m probably going to be tinkering with the sidebar to get widgets properly installed, so expect a few changes in the next week or so. The process was painless, thanks to Dreamhost’s One-Click-Installs updater. Thanks Dreamhost!

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