Zonbu & Foxmarks – some things just make sense…

November 8, 2007

FoxMarks screenshotThanks to reader Bob from the UK for pointing out the excellent FoxMarks plug-in/service. It just makes sense.

FoxMarks lets you synch your Firefox bookmarks with a central server and keep various machines (office/home, PC/Laptop/Zonbu) in synch. It also means if any one of them goes walkabout on you you don’t loose your bookmarks.

Quite frankly, this is the kind of functionality I would expect for my Zonbu bookmarks already, given the online storage/cachefs approach Zonbu takes. But hey, you can’t have everything.

In the mean time, hot rod your Zonbu with FoxMarks.

-Mr. Zonbu


ZonbuOS 6.999 pushed to users today

November 8, 2007

Zonbu logo<br />The latest public release of the ZonbuOS dropped today – 6.999.

Due to problems with logging in to my account (both on wired and wireless connections) I don’t have the update yet. Thankfully, this release claims to address many of those issues. I expect to get it downloaded later tonight, at which point I can offer more observations about the good, the bad and the still missing items from my wish list. 🙂

In the mean time, courtesy of the official Zonbu support site, here are the release notes:

Releases
Version 6.999 – released 2007-11-08
See also notes for 6.971 that was not pushed to customers
New features

* Control Panel to change Zonbu password
* Add sshfs

Improvements

* Upgrade Firefox to 2.0.0.9
* Firefox offers a reasonnable choice of applications to open downloaded files
* Upgrade FreeCiv to 2.1.0

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Zonbu may get web cam support via Skype 2.0 for Linux

November 8, 2007

Skype Video CallGreat news. Skype 2.0 beta has dropped for Linux – and it contains webcam support.

Regular readers will know that I feel that the lack of webcam support in the Zonbu is a major hurdle to adoption. While I would really like to see support for MSN webcam sessions, I would accept Skype 2.0 as a viable alternative, as long as Grandma can talk to my son from her Windows (or future Zonbu) machine and her Logitech quickcam.

I wonder what, if any hurdles, are involved in supporting this on the Zonbu?

You can read more about the Skype beta on their site, although the wording is a bit strange…

-Mr. Zonbu