Archive for June, 2011

ClamWin AntiVirus 0.97.1

June 16th, 2011

Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates. The core of the package is an anti-virus engine available in a form of shared library.

The current version was released on 2011-06-16

Adobe scraps AIR for Linux, focuses on mobile

June 16th, 2011
Adobe's Flash, Flex, AIR logos

Concluding that its priorities should be on iOS and Android, Adobe Systems has stopped releasing its own version of its AIR programming foundation for Linux.

AIR combines Flash and a Web browser to let programmers build standalone software that runs on any system with the underlying AIR “runtime” that executes the software. It’s cross-platform technology, meaning for example that separate versions of TweetDeck–a prominent AIR app–don’t need to be rewritten for Mac OS and Windows.

But starting with AIR 2.7, released this week, Adobe won’t build a Linux version of AIR anymore, making the cross-platform technology a bit less cross-platform. Instead, it’s relying on partners to do so on their own.

“We will no longer be releasing our own versions of Adobe AIR and the AIR SDK for desktop Linux, but expect that one or more of our partners will do so,” Adobe said in a blog post.

The move contrasts sharply with Adobe’s bitter and public fight last year objecting to an Apple move that barred AIR-based apps from iOS devices. Apple eventually relented for AIR-derived apps, though it still won’t let Flash Player itself onto iOS devices.

In an FAQ (a PDF file no good reason that I can imagine), Adobe said Linux just isn’t where the AIR action is taking place now.

“Our customers are focusing on creating applications for smartphones and tablets, and we are aligning our investment towards new features and platform support for the device market,” Adobe said.

One of the main features of AIR 2.7 is better performance on iOS devices–four times faster in some cases, according to Adobe developer evangelist Renaun Erickson. Also in 2.7 are several features from Flash Player 10.3, such as microphone noise cancelation, and the ability to move the AIR runtime to the SD card on Android.

Linux on PCs has failed to take off widely, and only 1 in 200 AIR downloads are for Linux, added Dave McAllister, who spearheads Adobe’s open-source work.

“With desktop Linux, we see a basically flat growth curve hovering around 1 percent,” citing Net Applications’ NetMarketshare statistics. “And since the release of AIR, we’ve seen only a 0.5 percent download share for desktop Linux.”

Adobe is putting a priority on work that will let those partners port AIR to Linux, it said. “Source code for the Adobe runtimes is available to qualified partners under the terms of the Open Screen Project,” the company said.

Originally posted at Deep Tech

Firefox 5 locks down, almost ready for release

June 16th, 2011

Although it’s only been around for three months, don’t get too comfortable with Firefox 4.

Today, Mozilla has updated the Firefox 5 beta to release candidate status (download for Windows | Mac | Linux), which includes improves support for “future-Web” technology, speeds up the browser, and makes multiple smaller tweaks to the browser.

Firefox 5 moves the Do Not Track preference.

Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Following the path cut by Google with Chrome’s rapid-release program, the changes to Firefox 5 are several orders of magnitude smaller than those made in Firefox 4 yet are not insignificant. Most importantly, Firefox 5 release candidate makes multiple under-the-hood tweaks to improve performance. Memory management, JavaScript rendering, canvas, and networking performance have been enhanced, and background tabs will load faster thanks to locking down the setTimeout and setInterval timeouts to 1000 milliseconds. Standards support has also been updated for coding languages like HTML5, SMIL, and MathML, and the browser now supports CSS animations.

Firefox 5 also disables cross-domain elements as the source for WebGL textures as a response to security concerns involving hardware acceleration. This will break some Web sites and prevent them from resolving properly, although Mozilla says that it is discussing solutions with WebGL developers.

In a minor interface change, Mozilla’s Do Not Track header preference has been moved in an effort by the company to make it easier for users to find. Do Not Track is an effort spearheaded by multiple browser makers to get advertisers to respect the desire of people who don’t want ads to track them as they browse around the Internet. It works by adding a line to a Web site’s meta tags.

Also, the development channel switcher that had been introduced to the About Firefox window has been removed. This was because Mozilla discovered that most of the people using the beta and Aurora channels were running multiple installs of the browser concurrently, Johnathan Nightingale, director of Firefox development, said in a blog post. You can change Firefox development channels at will by downloading and installing each build separately, but you won’t be able to change them on the fly from within an already-installed version of Firefox.

The full release notes for Firefox 5 are available here.

Yahoo AppSpot gets to know you, makes recommendations

June 16th, 2011


Available for Android and iPhone as of today, Yahoo AppSpot (download: Android | iPhone) recommends new apps to download based on the apps you already have and the apps you’ve searched for in the past. It’s a great way to discover new downloads when you don’t necessarily want to peruse the hundreds of thousands of listings in the Android Market or the Apple App Store.

For each user, AppSpot provides a personalized daily serving of app recommendations. Trending apps on the Web have the most weight in determining what it serves up, while installed apps and any app-related queries made through mobile Yahoo search or through AppSpot itself factor in as well. And to avoid returning irrelevant results, AppSpot also uses your geo-location as yet another input. It covers 20 categories including News, Sports, Entertainment, and Productivity. And for each of its recommendations, it provides the app’s name, description, ratings, price, screenshots, and a link to the download page. There’s also a built-in search function, which gives you instant results as you type. It’s a nice touch, considering we don’t always know exactly what we’re searching for.

Overall, we like the idea behind Yahoo AppSpot and found it to be a nice tool for discovering interesting and personally relevant apps. However, it is worth mentioning that AppSpot’s user interface needs some work. The browsing experience can get tiresome. With a Home screen that displays only three columns at once, it’s a bit of a pain to swipe through to see all 20 categories. Also, within each column, only three out of AppSpot’s four recommendations can be seen above the fold, which means you must swipe up to see the fourth. And doing so for 20 different columns can get annoying, to say the least. That said, we’ll be waiting for the next iteration.

Side note: Yahoo also released a desktop tool called App Search, which essentially does the same thing, but without the daily recommendations.

Silverlight 4.0.60531

June 15th, 2011

Silverlight is a powerful development tool for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web and mobile applications. Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems, bringing a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works.

The current version was released on 2011-06-15

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