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Five Features to Look Forward to in Firefox 4.0

Firefox 4.0 is still a bit away from final release, but the time to think about switching is now. The Mozilla Project is releasing Firefox 4.0 beta 6 this week, and the current builds are really good. Why switch? I'll give you five excellent reasons to jump on the 4.0 train today.

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Simplify LDAP with Fedora's 389 Directory Server

If you've ever had to deal with LDAP, you know it is not an easy beast to master. In fact, the command line tools for LDAP alone would keep many users from even attempting to learn how to take advantage of this powerful tool. If you look, you'll find several tools that make the job of managing LDAP data easier. One of the best is the 389 Directory Server for Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 389 is extremely powerful and offers a simple to use GUI for all aspects of user, group, and server management.

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Weekend Project: Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Flash on Linux

Linux users have never been well-served by Flash. The official browser plugin offered by Adobe has tended to lag behind releases for other platforms. Flash is available only for 32-bit Intel-compatible processor architectures, and it has long been a source of browser slowdowns, freezes, and crashes. And to all that the fact that it is a proprietary, binary-only blob, and you can see why many Linux desktop users want to free themselves from it. You can, with a little bit of time and preparation, this weekend.

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How to Install Linux from ISO to Installed

The first step of any journey is the hardest part. Clichéd, but true. The first step in using Linux is to install it, and for many folks that step is the most intimidating. It doesn't have to be — most Linux distributions are easy to install, if you know what to expect. Here's how to prep for an install and get on with the journey.

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KDE 4.5 Desktop Activities Bring New Meaning to Organization

KDE 4.5 brings to the table plenty of useful, functional, innovative features. One of those very features is the Desktop Activity. Although many scoffed at the idea (even tried to get the feature pulled), those same naysayers are (hopefully) glad their requests were not followed. Why? The KDE Desktop Activities feature is a great new desktop metaphor that takes the Linux desktop to new levels of organization.

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