Apple Computer - The latest version of Apple's Mac OS X operating system has been released and it's a win! Of course, as a Macintosh *and* NeXTStep developer I'm totally excited about the capabilities of the new OS and the API kits that make developement of software on the Mac such a joy. Check out Mac OS X Tiger's many new capabilities now!
Apple Computer - New
iPods, Powerbooks, and Mac OS X upgrades just keep rolling
off the assembly line at Apple Computer. One reason to buy
Apple computers is that they run Apple's Mac OS X, a reliable,
rock solid and secure Unix platform. Developers should get
to know the developer
environment at Apple's Developer site.
Switching To Apple
- Business owners and home users continue to switch over
to Apple Macintoshes from PCs running Windows. Check out the
real life testimonials
on the Apple Computer web site. Of course if your business
has a significant investment in Windows software, or run software
that only runs under Windows, you probably won't be switching
soon. If you value reliability and security in your business,
though, then give the Mac a second look. Even Microsoft Office
runs on Macs. Apple also has a
brief web-based guide on switching over to Macs from PCs.
Open Office - This
credible open source replacement for Microsoft Office, supports
Windows, Linux and Solaris. Also see Sun's Star
Office package which features downloadable source code.
article by Russel Pavlicek, argues a good case for why
you should not upgrade to the latest version of Office.
OpenSSH - OpenSSH is
a free implementation of the SSH protocol suite of network
connectivity tools. Unlike telnet and FTP, which transmit
passwords over the Internet in an unencrypted form, SSH encrypts
all data (including passwords) thus preventing packet hijackers
from seeing your valuable data. I recommend OpenSSH to ALL
my Linux clients.
- Alright, you Unix and Java purists stop snickering...
.NET is a big improvement over
the old Visual Studio and its getting better. For those of
you who absolutely must develop in a Microsoft environment,
moving to the .NET suites makes sense. For Java developers,
there is a Java to C# conversion tool, and mercifully, the
old Visual C++ debugger is a thing of the past. Microsoft
has also, very wisely, embraced and integrated XML into the
entire .NET scheme. Definately worth a try.
Dog Linux 2.3 Released - The servers are usually busy
so you might as well wait for the distribution on CDROM, but
if you can, try downloading the new YDL 2.3 from Yellow Dog
Fedora Core Announced
- Well this has been coming for a while now. Redhat will now
require annual support contracts on Redhat
Enterprise and spin off a freely downloadable version
called "Fedora Core". Both will be Open Source although
you can't obtain the Enterprise distribution or support without
paying for it.
Remember when when the entire Redhat distribution fit alongside
other Linux distributions on a single CDROM? Now the Enterprise
distribution consumes FIVE CDROMs.
I like the Mozilla web browser and Thunderbird email client.
Mozilla was in prior-to-1.0 status for years but the 1.X versions
were well worth the wait. Linux, Macintosh and Windows versions
are available. Mozilla offers a free alternative to Microsoft
Internet Explorer and Outlook which are how many viruses attack
the Enterprise. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal raved about the new browser. Download Mozilla and Thunderbird at www.mozilla.org.
KDE 3.0 -
KDE 3.0 adds new features and cool new productivity tools
to the former 2.0 release. For a GUI packed with features,
try out KDE for Linux.
GNOME 2.0 - The GNOME
GUI for Linux was pretty shaky on its initial release but
now its looking mighty good. Very clean and simple with nice
rounded windows and excellent font rendering.