Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

OSU celebrates success of Firefox

Filed under
Moz/FF

In order to celebrate 100 million downloads of Firefox, an open source Web browser distributed with the help of Oregon State University, a NASA weather balloon was launched from the Memorial Union Quad to about 100,000 feet at noon Saturday.

“We can legitimately say that all 100 million users went through Oregon State, so that’s a pretty big deal,” said Alex Polvi, a junior in computer science and a member of the Oregon State Linux Users Group.
From computers in the basement in Kerr Administration Building, OSU hosts the download page for Firefox, which is an alternative to Internet Explorer.

Firefox, which passed the 100 million download mark last week, has about 10 percent of the market share now, compared with about 1 percent two years ago.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Community at the speed of light: Best practices for the new era of open source

The methodology of open source development has come a long way in the past twenty years. It took the Linux kernel team eleven years to gain one hundred contributors in a month; it’s taken Ansible two years. Of course, the Linux community had to make up the methodology as they went along; the Ansible team has benefitted from years of studying and participating in Linux and other open source communities. The biggest lesson, and it goes well beyond open source: excellence is a habit. What you do habitually, you become. Read more

OpenSUSE 13.2 Beta

Migrating From Windows 7 To Ubuntu: The Ultimate Guide

Despite what all the Linux haters say, choosing Ubuntu is logical and migrating from Windows 7 to Ubuntu is a breeze. This article summarizes the process and provides solutions to some of the most common beginner hiccups. The Windows Vs Mac Vs Linux debate has been going on for years and doesn’t look to be settled anytime soon. If you are a Windows 7 user and still haven’t made the switch to Windows 8, you may want to consider migrating to Ubuntu 14.04, the latest Linux distro from Ubuntu. In addition to strong support from developers and a massive software repository, it’s free, faster and safer than Windows. Read more

7 killer open source monitoring tools

Network and system monitoring is a broad category. There are solutions that monitor for the proper operation of servers, network gear, and applications, and there are solutions that track the performance of those systems and devices, providing trending and analysis. Some tools will sound alarms and notifications when problems are detected, while others will even trigger actions to run when alarms sound. Here is a collection of open source solutions that aim to provide some or all of these capabilities. Read more