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15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For

Today, we are going to say big Thank You to everyone who support us, appreciate us, love us and always be there for us when we need them. So, how can we forget those that makes our computer life easier and did the tremendous work for us. They delivered us those applications/softwares that help us to get the routine work done for our daily use. There are many that we can not count and list down exactly but we are tried to make a list of 15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For. And Yes! Happy Thanksgiving all of you too

You are welcome to share other software you would thankful for and that made your life easier. . Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

WordPress

Wordpress

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

phpBB

phpBB

With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.

Firefox

Firefox 3.5 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

Drupal

Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.

Gimp

gimp

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Ubuntu

ubuntu

Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

Wine

wine

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.

FileZilla

FileZilla is a cross-platform graphical FTP, FTPS and SFTP client a lot of features, supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and more. FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server for Windows. It has a powerful Site Manager and transfer queue and drag & drop support.

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment. This is based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

TightVNC

TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.This is a cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.

Blender

Blender

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems. It includes tools for modeling – fast subdivision surface and polygon tools, multi-resolution mesh sculpting, metaballs, NURBS, vector fonts, and curves; uv mapping; shaders and texturing – both paint based and node based; ik and fk animation tools with rigging, constraints, skinning, morph targets, drivers, deformers, and modifiers; simulation tools including hard bodies, soft body, cloth, and fluids; and particle systems including hair. Blender has integrated rendering with both its native renderer and the raytracer Yafray as well supporting many external renderers; and python based scripting.

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together etc.

VideoLAN

VideoLAN

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

BitTorrent

BitTorrent

BitTorrent 6 is a client that transfers large videos, audios or softwares in a faster and cheaper way. A ‘client’ in this case is a computer program that follows the rules of a protocol. The BitTorrent 6 client will give you access to the world of content on the protocol in a lightweight, fast and reliable package.

OpenOffice

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Mozilla Firefox As An Open Source Faster, Safer And Smarter Web Browser

firefox

Amaya

Alternative: Adobe Dreamweaver

amaya

Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

11 Most Popular Cross-Platform And Free Softwares

There are many software available that we can purchase and use to get our job done. But what do you think about those softwares that are cross-platform and available for free as well. In simple words, Cross-platform can be defined as any software that can work on more than one operating system and specially are available for Windows, Mac and Linux environment. This is absolutely a great list of 11 Most Popular Cross-Platform And Free Softwares. Don’t forget to bookmark this post for your future reference as it has few most useful and free application that will be helpful for you when you want any cross-platform software to get your job done.

You are welcome if you want to share more cross-platform and free softwares that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  smashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

Google Earth

Google Earth

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

Mozilla Firefox

firefox

Amaya

Alternative: Adobe Dreamweaver

amaya

Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

Skype

Skype

You can use Skype to call another person who also has Skype on his computer. Skype is free to call anywhere in the world regardless of location and time.

FileZilla

FileZilla

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. It supports resume and transfer of large files, contains powerful site manager and transfer queue and much more

OpenOffice

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio is the leading IDE for Today’s Web offering integrated language support for HTML, DOM, JavaScript and CSS. Customize your Studio with additional plugins for PHP, Jaxer, Ruby on Rails, Python, Adobe AIR, Apple iPhone and Nokia S60 development. For Java support, plug Aptana Studio into Eclipse. Aptana Studio is free, open source software.

Picasa

Picasa

Picasa is a free digital photo organizer and editor. Picasa is excellent for beginners and casual digital shooters who want to find all their pictures, it will simply help you to manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had. You can even eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more with Picasa.

VideoLAN

VideoLAN

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

BitTorrent

BitTorrent

BitTorrent 6 is a client that transfers large videos, audios or softwares in a faster and cheaper way. A ‘client’ in this case is a computer program that follows the rules of a protocol. The BitTorrent 6 client will give you access to the world of content on the protocol in a lightweight, fast and reliable package.

Gimp

gimp

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Thunderbird 

Thunderbird

Thunderbird 2 includes many new features to help you manage your inbox. With Thunderbird 2, it’s easier to prioritize and find your important email with tags and the new find bar helps you find content within your email faster.

21 Free Apps For Mac OS X That Are Absolutely Useful

This is the post where we are listing out few great free tools for Mac Operating System, this is an exclusive post for our those readers who are the Mac users. But our other readers will also enjoy this post. Don’t forget to bookmark this post for your future reference as it has few most useful and free application that will be helpful for you when you are on your Mac system. This is absolutely a great list of 21 Free Apps For Mac OS X That Are Absolutely Useful.

You are welcome to share if you know more free mac apps that are really useful and our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

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Name Mangler

Name Mangler

Name Mangler is a batch file renamer that supports all common renaming tasks: Find and Replace (including support for regular expressions); Number Sequentially; Change Case; Set Extension; Add Prefix/Suffix; Remove/Insert Characters.

Backdrop

Backdrop

Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a giant blank window. Fill the window with a solid color or a custom image, your choice.

Service Scrubber

Service Scrubber

With Service Scrubber, you can restructure the services menu, change service keyboard shortcuts, disable and re-enable services.

iClockr

iClockr

iClockr is focused to show you a simple way to track your time.

EverSave

EverSave

EverSave is a clever tool which allows you to save all of your documents – if possible – in a specific time interval or by changing the frontmost application.

SyncMate

SyncMate

SyncMate FREE Edition is a perfect solution for information management. It is easy-to-use synchronizer for Mac and Pocket PC, that will help you keep all your documents, text messages, contacts, calendar entries and events and other stuff well organized.

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

Paparazzi is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages. This will help you to temporary access to the WebView for username/password info, so capture of pages behind a required login is now possible.

AppFresh

AppFresh

AppFresh helps you to keep all applications, widgets, preference panes and application plugins installed on your Mac up to date. All from one place, easy to use and fully integrated into Mac OS X.

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire has a familiar three-paned interface and can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs.

Pref Setter

Pref Setter

Pref Setter is an application used to edit plist (Property LIST) files, geared towards viewing / editing Mac OS X’s preference files. Very useful for setting those “hidden” preference settings that aren’t available directly in an application.

Skim

Skim

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

OnyX

OnyX

OnyX allows you to verify the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, onfigure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, Mail, iTunes, Login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple’s applications.

Witch

Witch

Witch lets you access all of your windows by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles.

Cyberduck

Cyberduck

Cyberduck is an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and Amazon S3 browser for the Mac. It features an easy to use interface that allows to toggle between bookmarks and the browser outline view.

Syrinx

Syrinx

Syrinx is a fully customizable twitter client designed for Leopard.  Syrinx is built from two ideals efficient workflow and customization.

Visual NetTools

Visual NetTools

Visual NetTools is a set of network scanning, security, and administrator tools for Apple Mac useful in diagnosing networks and monitoring your computer’s network connections.

Deeper

Deeper

Deeper allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Safari, Login window and many Apple’s applications.

Burn

Burn

Namely

Namely

Namely is possibly the fastest way to open applications. And unlike some other launchers, it doesn’t require any learning.

Punakea

Punakea

Punakea is a little app trying to help you cope with the day-to-day struggle of managing your files. Designed to complement Spotlight, it allows you to tag your files and bookmarks.

13 Most Essential Open Source Apps That You Probably Like To Say Thank You

Today, we are going to say big Thank You to everyone who supports us, appreciate us, love us and always be there for us when we need them. So, how can we forget those that makes our online life easier and did the tremendous work for us. They delivered us those applications/software that help us to get the routine work done for our daily use. There are many that we can not count and list exactly but we are trying to make a list of 13 Most Essential Open Source Apps That You Probably Like To Say Thank You. And Yes! Happy Thanksgiving

You are welcome to share if you want to say Thank You to more Open-Source Applications that made your life easier. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed.

Downloadable Web-Based Applications

WordPress As An Open Source Fastest Growing And Damanding Blogging System

Wordpress

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

phpBB As The Most Widely Used Open Source Forum Solution

phpBB

With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.

Drupal As An Powerful And Open Source Content Management Platform

Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.

Mindquarry DO As A Free And Open Source Application  for Team Collaboration

Mindquarry Do

Mindquarry DO is an Open Source collaborative software platform for file sharing, task management, team collaboration and Wiki editing that is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Mindquarry runs as a web application with an optional desktop client for Windows, Linux and Mac OS that allows for desktop synchronization and offline work. As a result, you are able to connect with team members and share information from wherever you are, effectively improving team-work and increasing productivity within your team.

PrestaShop As An Open Source Professional e-Commerce Shopping Cart Software

PrestaShop

The PrestaShop e-Commerce Solution was built to take advantage of essential Web 2.0 innovations such as dynamic AJAX-powered features and next-generation ergonomy. PrestaShop guides users through your product catalog intelligently and effortlessly, turning intrigued visitors into paying customers.

jobberBase As The Simple, Free And Open Source Job Board Software

Jobber Base

jobberBase is a great open source job board software for anyone. You can get online your job posting website with jobberBase. It’s easy to install and configure to start your job board.

ModSecurity As An Open Source Web Application Firewall

mod security

ModSecurity is a web application firewall that can work either embedded or as a reverse proxy. It provides protection from a range of attacks against web applications and allows for HTTP traffic monitoring, logging and real-time analysis. It is also an open source project that aims to make the web application firewall technology available to everyone.

Downloadable Desktop Applications

OpenOffice As The Free and Open Office Productivity Suite

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Mozilla Firefox As An Open Source Faster, Safer And Smarter Web Browser

firefox

Amaya

Alternative: Adobe Dreamweaver

amaya

Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

ClamWin As An Open Source Antivirus program for Microsoft Platform

ClamWin

ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code. You may download and use it absolutely free of charge. It has High detection rates for viruses and spyware, Scanning Scheduler, Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database etc

Gimp As An Image Manipulation Program

gimp

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Ubuntu As A Community Developed, Linux-Based Operating System

ubuntu

Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

Wine As An Open Source Virtual PC

wine

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.

15 Free Tools For Mac OS X You Should Bookmark

Today, we are going to write first post of its kind at SmashingApps. This is the post where we are listing out few great free tools for Mac Operating System, this is an exclusive post for our those readers who are the Mac users. But our other readers will also enjoy this post. Don’t forget to bookmark this post for your future reference as it has few most useful and free application that will be helpful for you when you are on your Mac system. This is absolutely a great list of 15 Free Tools For Mac OS X You Should Bookmark.

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Xe-IMG Image Editor

Xe-IMG Image Editor

Xe-IMG Image Editor is a standalone image editor for your Mac. It supports the following images formtats: PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF and SWF. Xe-IMG Image Editor allows yoy to edit photos, add effects, ,filters mask and after you’re finished you can save files as JPG, PNG, BMP etc.

Skim

Skim

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

SuperDuper

SuperDuper

SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and SuperDuper’s built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically.

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for BOMArchiveHelper.app, the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X. The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than BOMArchiveHelper, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder.

Burn

Burn

With Burn you can burn five different kind of disks. With Burn you can burn Audio CDs and MP3 disks. With Burn you can burn three kind of images. Normal disk images, cue/bin images and toc images. And copy data disks.

Xee

Xee

Xee is useful as a more powerful replacement for Preview, or most any other image viewer available on Mac OS X. It is very fast, and uses less memory than most other image viewing tools.

Bean

Bean

Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor or more precisely, a rich text editor, designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable.

Perian

Perian

Perian is the Swiss Army Knife for QuickTime, any OS X application that uses QuickTime can now use all the other common media types like DivX, XviD, mpeg4, AC3 audio and more.

RSSOwl

RSSOwl

Applications that collect data from RSS-compliant sites are called RSS readers or “aggregators.” RSSOwl is such an application. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more.

Desktop Manager 

Desktop Manager

Desktop Manager is my own pet project to implement a (hopefully) easy to use virtual desktop manager for OS X. It will be useful to others. Simply run the app and a pager should appear in the status bar and on the desktop.

TwitterPod

TwitterPod

TwitterPod is Twitter client for Mac OS X. TwitterPod adoption of Core Data. So TwitterPod can store logs to database and search Twitter logs quickly like Mail.app.

Backboard

Backboard

Backpack is perfect for collecting notes and tasks. But I missed a dashboard-like overview over my tasks, reminders and calendar events and the possibility to edit and search them a bit more Mac-like

MindNode

MindNode

MindNode is an elegant and simple-to-use mindmapping application for the Macintosh. It was created with the user in mind and features a very simple and intuitive user interface that lets the user focus on expressing and developing ideas. Nearly no time is required to learn the interface.

Text2iPod

Text2iPod

Text2iPod X is a very easy Drag&Drop application that can make any text file viewable on an iPod without text size limitation! In version 1.1, the 32kb implementation limit has been resolved.

Deeper

Deeper

Deeper is a personalization utility for Mac OS X. Deeper allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and many Apple’s applications

6 Free Tools To Help You Run Windows Applications On Linux

When switching from Windows to a more secured Linux operating system, you may come up with many difficulties. Like for example you might not find the applications you needed for doing your daily work. Although you can find any and all the replacements of a Windows application on Linux, there is a way through which you can run your favorite Windows application on your Linux operating system. Here we have compiled a list of 6 free tools that will help you run your favorite Windows application on a Linux system or help you to run virtual PC on any Operating System.

You are welcome to share if you know more free tools that will help you run your favorite Windows application on a Linux system which our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed.

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Wine

wine

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

VirtualBox

VirtualBox

VirtualBox is an x86 virtualization software package, originally created by German software company innotek, now developed by Sun Microsystems as part of its Sun xVM virtualization platform. It is installed on an existing host operating system; within this application, additional operating systems, each known as a Guest OS, can be loaded and run, each with its own virtual environment. Supported host operating systems include Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp, Windows XP or Vista, and Solaris, while supported guest operating systems include FreeBSD, Linux, OpenBSD, OS/2 Warp, Windows and Solaris.

Qemu

Qemu

QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. When used as a machine emulator, QEMU can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performances. When used as a virtualizer, QEMU achieves near native performances by executing the guest code directly on the host CPU. A host driver called the QEMU accelerator (also known as KQEMU) is needed in this case. The virtualizer mode requires that both the host and guest machine use x86 compatible processors.

Bochs

Bochs

Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS. Currently, Bochs can be compiled to emulate a 386, 486, Pentium/PentiumII/PentiumIII/Pentium4 or x86-64 CPU including optional MMX, SSEx and 3DNow! instructions. Bochs is capable of running most Operating Systems inside the emulation including Linux, DOS, Windows® 95/98 and Windows® NT/2000/XP or Windows Vista. Bochs was written by Kevin Lawton and is currently maintained by this project.

rdesktop

rdesktop

rdesktop is an open source client for Windows Terminal Services, capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to present the user’s Windows desktop. Supported servers include Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows NT Server 4.0. Rdesktop currently runs on most UNIX based platforms with the X Window System, and other ports should be fairly straightforward.

Xen

XEN

The Xen® hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization, offers a powerful, efficient, and secure feature set for virtualization of x86, x86_64, IA64, PowerPC, and other CPU architectures. It supports a wide range of guest operating systems including Windows®, Linux®, Solaris®, and various versions of the BSD operating systems. The Xen hypervisor is a unique open source technology, developed collaboratively by the Xen community and engineers at over 20 of the most innovative data center solution vendors, including AMD, Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Mellanox, Network Appliance, Novell, Red Hat, SGI, Sun, Unisys, Veritas, Voltaire, and Citrix. Xen is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL2) and is available at no charge in both source and object format. Xen is, and always will be, open sourced, uniting the industry and the Xen ecosystem to speed the adoption of virtualization in the enterprise.

Guest Post by Manish Pandey who is an Engineer from India, who blogs at manishpandey.com You can find him writing about latest technologies related to social media and search engines. To know more about him visit his profile.

What Lastest Trends Should Be Use By Designers And Developers For Best Viewing Experience Of Any Website?

Every web developer or web designer wants to have their website to give users the same best experience no matter what the users screen size/resolution/operating system/browser is, but let’s face the fact,  screen size/resolution/operating system/browser does effect website experience.

I get asked the question often, especially by web developers and designers, what is the most common type of  screen size/resolution/operating system/browser. Well, to identify this we started capturing data on  screen size/resolution/operating system/browser for people who visited our SmashingApps.com. This is what we found

Screen Resolution Statistics

Screen Resolution Graph

We found in the above graph that now a days most common screen resolution used by the  visitor is 1280×1024 while 1024×768 is on 2nd number and 1280×800 is on the 3rd for SmashingApps.

Browser Statistics

Browser Graph

We found in the above browser statistics graph that now a days most common browser used by the visitor is Mozilla Firefox while Microsoft Internet Explorer is on 2nd number and Safari is on the 3rd for SmashingApps.

Operating System Statistics

Operating System Graph

We found in the above operating system statistics graph that most common OS used by the visitor is Microsoft Windows while Machintosh is on 2nd number and Linux is on the 3rd for SmashingApps.

Browser and Operating System Combination Statistics

Browser and Operating System Combination Graph

We found in the above browser and operating system combination statistics graph that most common browser and operating system combination used by the visitor is Firefox with Microsoft Windows while Internet Explorer with Windows is on 2nd number and Firefox with Machintosh is on the 3rd for SmashingApps.

Summary

By analyzing all of the above graph, designer or developer find a latest trends and combination of website visitors browsing experience. This way its easy to make sure that websites are giving best experience to the visitors and the real message and design what you are presenting!

I think all the above factors are very important to consider in every new or exisiting website. I believe that the best viewing experience of website helps the person to navigate and enjoy. It also helps to give a good impression on visitors mind.

So check now, whether your website gives the real viewing experience to the viewers or you will need to optimize your website with the current trends of viewing experience. To check where your visitors come from, how they Interact with your site and what are the current viewing experience, track with Google Analytics for free!

It would be great if you will share your experiences with us about best viewing experience.

gOS Is Born! A Free Web Operating System For The New Generation

In the todays world everything we used to do offline is online now, even we are at home, on campus, at work or travelling foreign we have broadband internet everywhere to access our online applications for free, we use google docs to process our documents for free, we use gmail to check all our e-mails for free, we use meebo to get in touch with our friends(on gtalk, msn, aol, yahoo messenger) for free, we use flickr to manage our pictures for free, we use YouTube to watch our videos for free, we use wikipedia to access our encyclopedia & we use last.fm to listen to our music.

For the general people, who use the computer in there daily activity and don’t need a full fledged Operating System with many of pre installed applications, spend thousands of dollar on softwares, firewalls, anti virus to purchase and worry all the time about the computer crashing and loosing there data.

Now we have gOS as an operating system build for one purpose providing support and easy access to online web applications.
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In simple terms instead of the icons on our computer pointint to applications, in gOS we have icons pointing directly to our online web applications.

gOS - A new operating system is born!
Technically gOS is a cut down version of ubuntu 7.10 dektop, who’s focus is online applications like gmail, google news, google maps, youTube, mebo and many more.

It’s a neat Linux distribution which is made for shifting our regular desktop apps to online apps. The OS is based on linux so you can definately install desktop apps such as open office etc but its core focus is web2.0 sites and online applications. Shifting desktop to web. And best of all gOS is absolutely free for everyone! just download and install it on your computer and start using operating system for new generation.