Beta 140 of Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux is now available.
The online version of the Getting Started Guide is here.
The Opera web browser is upgraded to version 9.50.
Opera 9.50 is really fast, compared to the older 9.27 version. Big change is also found in the way Opera handles RSS feeds. There are 12 RSS newsfeeds available for Opera in Beta 140, but they do not download when the browser starts. Instead, the user goes to "Feeds" -> "Manage Feeds" on the Opera toolbar, and enables the ones to be downloaded.
The RSS feeds chosen will immediately download as one group, ready for viewing.
When used with Opera 9.27, the RSS feeds took about 2 minutes to download and be ready for viewing. All that has changed with Opera 9.50.
Now, after only a few seconds, the RSS feed page will come to the forefront, and the user can review the downloaded news story list. Click on one of the stories in the list, and a summary appears in the lower panel. Usually, the summary is several lines long, more than enough to give the user plenty of information about that particular news story. A link is provided at the end of the summary, to go to the actual web page providing the story.
With the new changes in the RSS feed setup in the Remaster, combined with Opera's handling of RSS feeds, the browser is fully ready for use in about 15 seconds after the user clicks the Opera icon.
No more delay in the linux system while Opera downloads RSS feeds at startup, they are no longer enabled until the user wants to read the RSS feeds. This is a big speed improvement over the way Beta 139 handled Opera's startup.
Compared to Ubuntu Linux, for instance, Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux boots to the Desktop faster, allowing the user to start Opera and begin surfing the web long before Ubuntu is ready. The user is going to choose the Operating System that gets up and running the fastest.
One other problem that I find with Ubuntu is that since it is hard-drive based and installed, "things can go wrong".
Recently, when using Ubuntu 7.10, "updates" became available, but would not install, without using the Synaptic Package Manager. I got the updates installed, but the skill level required was somewhat above the Novice level, and I think I just got lucky when doing it that way. The Ubuntu updates are supposed to be automatic.
With Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux, the system is hard-coded in the CD, and starts out "new" with each bootup. Any mistakes can be corrected by just rebooting to a new, fresh copy of Rapidweather Remaster.
Very nice and fast setup, especially when combined with Opera's new speed and overall responsiveness. Even on older computers, Opera has a nice quick and responsive feel to it, as you surf the web.
What about Firefox 3?
Unfortunately, Firefox 3 will not run on any version of Knoppix.
So, I am staying with Firefox 184.108.40.206, which works perfectly, and should be safe to use considering that it is being run in Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux.
Viruses and Trojans do not seem to be a problem to a read-only linux livecd filesystem found in Rapidweather Remaster.
Additionally, Opera and Firefox are run within Security and Control applications, these protect the filesystem by deleting all traces of the browsers from the linux system when the browsers are closed. The Flock browser is also protected in this manner, so that makes three browsers the user can choose from in Rapidweather Remaster. They are all good. The Flock browser has a sidebar arrangement for the RSS feeds that is really worth the time to try out Flock. It's a deluxe RSS feed setup, arranged even better than the fast and complete Opera RSS feed system.
With three web browsers to choose from in Rapidweather Remaster, no news story is going to get past you. No need to visit all the web pages looking for interesting news stories, the RSS feed setups provide you with outstanding power and performance when it comes to checking the news.
A new feature in Opera 9.50 is the "thumbnail view" of each Tab, should you have more than one open. You get a really big and readable "thumbnail", so big you can read a lot of the text on the page, and see the pictures. Just hover your mouse cursor over the Tab, and it will appear. Just the thing to see what web page the Tab will go to, without actually clicking on it. (Some pages take too long to load, so clicking on the Tab could cause a delay) Really nice and fun new Opera feature.
Here is a screenshot showing Opera 9.50 running on Beta 140.
You can see the thumbnail preview of the Tab:
Click on the image to show it full view (1024x768)
So, in summary, Opera 9.50 takes top spot in Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux. It's speed and ease-of-use, and the fact that it is an up-to-date web browser make Opera number one here.