Freedom and Firefox
For those of who haven’t noticed the Get FireFox button in my links section on the right, I’d like to say somethings about one of the best pieces of software born on the internet.
Unto.net puts it best :
“Today marks a major milestone in the history of the Internet. With the release of Firefox 1.0, the Mozilla Organization has incontrovertibly proven that, given enough time, the open-source development model can, and will, build superior software to that of their commercial competitors…”
“…Why? Simply because it is better in all ways than Internet Explorer. Firefox loads pages faster. Firefox is far, far more secure. Firefox runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Firefox offers tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking. Firefox has hundreds of free extensions and themes to customize the experience. Firefox will improve your productivity on the web by an order of magnitude. Firefox offers everything that Internet Explorer does and a thousand things more. And moreover, Firefox gets a little bit better every single day, thanks to the passion of the open source development community.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with OpenSource software, also called Free Software, let me clear a common misunderstanding.
Free Software (OpenSource) is NOT Freeware. “Free” here indicates freedom, freedom to modify the code of the software to add, remove , modify any functionalities you want.
Freeware on the other hand includes software such as MSN Messenger, which is free in the sense you dont have to pay for it, but you dont have the code for it. So its not free , as in you do not have freedom to manipulate it, at least legally anyway.
Personally, I have found that open source software can do just about everything. I personally use Open source software that can do word processing, browsing, instant messaging, play media, solve problems, protect my computer , convert between files, do graphics etc. Thats pretty much what an average user might do with his computer.
To see the thousands of OpenSource applications available , head over to http://www.sourceforge.net
At last count SourceForge showed 90,754 pieces of software that people develop by themselves, for no renumeration whatsoever, solely for the sake of improving the usability of the computer and the internet for everyone. Thats a noble cause if I ever saw one. Head over and take a look, and maybe you’ll find something you could really use. I know I did.