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The beginning of a new week means, arrival of a new Google Chrome build. This week is no different. Google has updated its dev channel and has released Google Chrome 184.108.40.206. As per the usual trend, this release brings minor fixes. The latest Chrome update is available for download for both Windows and Linux platform.
A new week means a new Google Chrome build. This week is no different. This time, an update has been made to the dev channel taking the build number to 220.127.116.11. As usual the update is of minor nature. The latest dev channel release is available for Linux, Mac and Windows platform.
Google’s Chrome team has been really active, may be had too much coffee for a week. The dedicated Chrome team has updated its Dev channel taking the the Google Chrome Dev channel version to 18.104.22.168. Google Chrome version 22.214.171.124 brings stability fixes, polishes a few features, and stabilizes various Chrome extensions. The latest update comes out as an update for all platforms namely Linux, Windows and Mac.
Mozilla has recently released mockups for Firefox Linux showing how the Firefox 4.0 will look in Linux. From the first look, you get the feeling that the look and feel is similar to that of Windows. Firefox 4.0 is scheduled to arrive somewhere in 2010. But it is good to see that the Firefox team is already thinking about Firefox 4.0 and appear to have set a few goals they intend to achieve with Firefox 4.0. More >
The Beta version for Moonlight 2.0 has been released. This Beta comes out as they call it a quick follow up to the original Moonlight preview released in the early part of May. Miguel de Icaza, in a blog post thanked Microsoft‘s Silverlight team for their help and guidance. Moonlight in short allows you to run Silverlight applications on Linux computers.
The Beta version is ready to be tested against Silverlight 2.0 sites. Icaza believes that while they may be behind in some areas what Silverlight 3 offers, Moonlight is still capable of accessing most of the Silverlight content available today.
Coming to the features part. Moonlight 2.0 implements an API which happens to be a slight superset of Silverlight 2.0. It contains a few of APIs of version 3.0. These include:
- Easing functions
- MultiScaleImage 3.0 API enhancements
- MediaStreamSource now supports PCM audio data, RGBA and YV12 video data (for your pluggable media codec needs).
- WriteableBitmap (for your Quaking needs)
The Beta of Moonlight is available both as a plugin for Firefox as well as in the form of source code. The download links are mentioned below:
It was announced way back in May, that the Mac and Linux editions of Quake Live are rapidly approaching release. This game is a web-based version of id’s first-person shooter, instead of a separate executable. Live can be accessed as a beta through the WQuake III Arena, playable through browser software Windows versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer.
And now it looks like id Software is at last ready to deliver on its promise of providing quality browser-based fragging to Mac users. Speaking at this past week’s QuakeCon 2009, id CEO Todd Hollenshead said Quake Live is about to emerge for Mac and Linux platforms on August 18.
Web-based re-creation of the game was 1999 classic Quake III Arena, went into public beta for Windows in February, with promises of coming to the Mac and Linux in due time. Executive producer Marty Stratton said in May that internal testing on those versions had begun, and that support for the Mac was a top priority.
Firefox will be the default browser for Mac users, the only other supported browser is Internet Explorer 7 or 8. Hardware specs are not yet available, but the PC specs recommend a 2GHz or better Intel processor and an Nvidia NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series, ATI Radeon X1800 series, so you can read between the lines.
Quake Live is free for all players, you just need to register an account to play. But when that’s all that stands between you and some rocket launcher action, it’s hardly even worth noting.
Oracle will dig further into the server virtualization space, by offering a template-building tool to speed up deployments based on the open source Oracle VM software product.
Oracle will use the OpenSourceWorld conference in San Francisco as a launching platform for Oracle VM Template Builder,which is an open source graphical tool for end users and ISVs. The tool controls Oracle Enterprise Linux JeOS (Just enough OS) scripts for developing pre-packaged virtual machines.
Oracle senior director of Linux and open source product marketing Monica Kumar said:
These are virtual machines that contain preinstalled, preconfigured software, and basically, once you have that, anytime you have a need to put in a new system, you can copy the files,
Monica further said:
Oracle also will offer a VM template for its Siebel CRM product, allowing for fast setup of a full Siebel environment.
The company will also roll out a test kit for testing of a stack before deployment as part of the Oracle Validated Configurations Program.
Oracle VM Template Builder, the test kit, and the Siebel template are free, but users must have a license for Siebel CRM.
Fennec, the mobile version of the popular Firefox browser, has been updated. While until now Windows Mobile users were able to enjoy the Alpha 1 release of the software solution, the Alpha 2 version has been released into the wild, and is now available for download. At the same time, the development team also updated the Fennec version for Maemo, as well as those for Windows and Linux PCs and for Macs.
The Fennec version for Maemo has been updated as well, and now the Beta 2 version is available, which comes with about the same improvements as the Alpha 2 version for Windows Mobile. The release can be downloaded for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablets, yet those that do not own such a device but would like to take a look at the browser should know that they can try it on their desktop PCs. The browser is available on Softpedia as well, just follow the links.
Fennec Add-ons being built by the community, including things like GeoGuide which will use the new Location Aware APIs to show you things like maps and weather near where you currently are, and other things like GraffiTwit, a Twitter client that lets you not only write tweets but also post images you’ve drawn.
If you are a web developer, then you are quite aware of the fact that there comes a stage after the web application is developed completely, that you are required to test and determine how the web application performs on different browsers, to make sure that the web application is consistent across all the browsers. To test the performance of websites, you might go for multiple virtual machines, consider going for more than one computer or install multiple operating systems. All the above mentioned options have one thing in common: they all require a lot of time.
Another option is to go for online services like BrowserShots, which generates screenshots for a web page in more than 80 versions of the most common browser used in Windows, Linux, BSD and Mac. As you can imagine this service also requires time.
This brings us to Adobe BrowserLab. Adobe BrowserLab is a recently launched service that provides the much needed advantage of generating and displaying screenshots almost instantaneously. However there is a downside to it; it supports a limited number of browsers. The supported browsers include:
- Firefox 2.0 (XP, OS X)
- Firefox 3.0 (XP, OS X)
- IE6 (XP)
- IE7 (XP)
- Safari 3.0 (OS X)
The service comes equipped with an eye catching Onion Skin View; this view superimposes web page screenshots over one another, thus making it easier for you to identify the differences in web page rendering. Dreamweaver CS4 is intergrated with this service, but you do not need to purhase Dreamweaver to just use this service. Adobe’s Lea Hickman said:
Cross-browser testing has been one of the biggest challenges for Web designers because it is such an arduous and time-intensive task. Now with Adobe BrowserLab, designers have a simple solution that enables comprehensive browser compatibility testing in just a matter of minutes, leaving Web designers with more time to be creative and deliver the high-impact sites customers are demanding.
BrowserLab is currently free to use, however ultimately it will be sold for a price not known yet. Scott Fegette, Adobe product manager said:
BrowserLab will move to be a paid service down the line, though we have not announced the timing.Currently the focus is on getting the preview out to users and making sure we’re providing the best possible user experience.
The thing which I am currenty stuck at is that “Is Adobe BrowserLab the ultimate solution to Cross Browser testing?” Considering the fact that it supports only a limited number of browsers. What is your opinion? Provide us with your input. Thanx in advance.