Archive | April 2014

Firefox 29 Pulls from Google Chrome’s Playbook, Works Well

This week, many of us are kicking the tires on the new version 29 of the Firefox browser, which is more than just an incremental release falling within Mozilla’s rapid release cycle. Version 29 includes the Australis interface, which has been in the works for five years and gives the browser several features similar to the ones found in Google Chrome. So far, I like version 29, and its updated look and feel are impressive.

Australis featues redesigned tabs, which have the rounder corners found in Google Chrome, and Firefox version 29 also serves up a menu on the right side of the screen similar to the one that you can pull up in Chrome. When you update to version 29, you also get offered a tab that includes a guide to the new browser.

Mozilla has also served up a video, available here, which summarizes some of version 29’s new features. According to Mozilla’s announcement:

"The first thing you’ll notice in Firefox is the beautiful new design that makes it easy to focus on your Web content. The tabs are sleek and smooth to help you navigate the Web faster. It’s easy to see what tab you’re currently visiting and the other tabs fade into the background to be less of a distraction when you’re not using them."

"The Firefox menu has moved to the right corner of the toolbar and puts all your browser controls in one place. The menu includes a ‘Customize’ tool that transforms Firefox into a powerful customization mode where you can add or move any feature, service or add-on. This level of Firefox customization puts you in control of your Web experience and is unmatched by any other browser."

"The new Firefox Sync service is a safe and easy way to take your Firefox everywhere. Firefox Sync gives you access to Awesome Bar browsing history, saved passwords, bookmarks, open tabs and form data across your computers and mobile Android devices. It is powered by Firefox Accounts and simplifies the setup and device syncing process."

Here’s a look at the rounded off tabs and the right-side "Customize" menu pulled up:

 

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Oracle Unveils Solaris with Built-in OpenStack: “A Modern Cloud OS”

When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, there was a lot of speculation about which Sun products and projects would continue and which would fall by the wayside. Solaris was among the products that many people felt wouldn’t have a bright future. On Tuesday, though, Oracle unveiled Solaris 11.2, which is only the second point release of Solaris since version 11 appeared in 2011.

And, Oracle is positioning Solaris as "a modern cloud platform that melds efficient virtualization, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN) technology and a full OpenStack distribution."

At the end of last year, Oracle joined many other companies as a sponsor of OpenStack, and with the new release of Solaris building in a full OpenStack distribution, it’s clear that we’ll need to factor Oracle’s OpenStack plans in with Red Hat’s, Rackspace’s and others.

"Oracle’s relentless innovation offers customers the strongest cloud product portfolio in the industry. By engineering the OS, the virtualization, SDN and OpenStack together, Oracle Solaris 11.2 provides a complete cloud solution," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle, in a statement. "It’s a complete platform for simple, efficient, secure, compliant and open enterprise cloud deployments that can help customers accelerate their businesses and capitalize on the potential of cloud computing while reducing cost."

"Cloud computing is creating an entirely new set of expectations for enterprise-class infrastructure software," said Al Gillen, Program VP, Servers and System Software, IDC, in a statement. "Where once offering the piece parts — the OS, virtualization and networking — was a sufficient starting point, having an integrated solution is becoming more of the expectation for enterprise customers looking to build a private cloud."

No doubt, as Oracle pitches its integrated solution and OpenStack platform to enterprises, it will emphasize its experience in supporting enterprise customers. That’s taking a page from Red Hat’s playbook, and there are existing Oracle customers who may favor the database giant over competitors.

For more on the new features in Solaris 11.2, you can get the formal release notes. And, you can now download the OS as a beta.

 

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Firefox 29 Is Available For Download

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