Firefox 4.0 has been released with GPU acceleration support and a host of new features. Read more about this at the link above. This browser is 4 months late and I can only hope it can beat Internet Explorer 9.0 and Chrome 10 as the best browser. The Firefox browser has always been quality and the latest release will reinforce that with greater stability than Chrome 10. I can not wait to download the Linux version and see how it performs. I use Google Chrome sometimes, but I always find myself coming back to Firefox for the ease of use and the features that Chrome does not have. I used to use Netscape Navigator in the old days, then the Mozilla browser, which was very good when it reached version 1.7 and the Portable Firefox on a thumb drive. I wonder what happened to that? Using a web browser like Internet explorer is not as secure as using a open source alternative which gives good security and reliability.
The only annoying thing is that Firefox looks different on Linux than Windows, but that is a side issue when the actual browser is so good. I am using Firefox 4 beta 12 that came with OpenSuse 11.4 and I will be moving to the aforementioned Firefox 4.0 as soon as possible. The web needs a better web browser, it has been handicapped by all those people who would develop their websites for Internet Explorer 6.0 and not consider the alternatives.
My installation of FreeBSD 8.2 is still going very well indeed, I am have installed Eterm, so that I can set a wallpaper with Esetroot and I am playing mp3 music right now with xmms whilst I write this post. The bug in Linux where the headphone audio is muted and inaudible on a laptop despite the fact that when the headphones are unplugged the sound from the speakers is fine still exists in Fedora Core 13 and Ubuntu 10.10. But when the headphones are plugged into the offending laptop running FreeBSD 8.2 the headphone sound works perfectly. It must be an alsa sound issue and not a kernel issue, it works perfectly with FreeBSD and of course Windows XP, so why does it not work with Linux? I am using the OSS sound system not alsa on BSD and I did not even need to use the mixer program before playing music, it just worked. Very good indeed, FreeBSD will be a very good desktop OS at this rate. With a very good default kernel and increasing hardware support it is a good choice for running on a laptop as it does not take up as much memory as Ubuntu or Linux Mint do. Those two distributions are getting very bloated and need to trim back on the extras they are including. I am wanting to get my little sysinfo program working on FreeBSD but it did not include syscall.h and I need to find an equivalent to get this code to work.