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The Power of Open Source

In Accessibility, Cloud Computing, Open Source on November 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I first started using Google Chrome maybe a year or two ago after Mozilla insisted to crash on me anytime I tried to download something. Before that I was using Internet Explorer, which I never went back too after I discovered tabbed browsing. As of now, Chrome is my browser of choice. The open source platform is remarkably faster than Safari, and has a cleaner interface than Internet Explorer.

“Chromium has helped to create one of the fastest & rapidly growing popular browsers “

Last week, a company called Rockmelt released a beta version of their new web browser, built entirely for avid Facebook and Twitter users. With social networking at an all time high and Facebook being the worlds most popular website, it was only a matter of time before the two were integrated into one. I myself do not plan on making the switch to a more socially oriented browser, mainly because I couldn’t stand seeing my friends update statuses follow me into all of the dark crevices on the internet. I do not care how many of you are watching Glee!

The main thing that separates Rockmelt from Chrome is the user interface.  The social networking features of Rockmelt are all right in front of you in a slick column based format that runs along both the right and left boundaries, allowing you to share, view your friends, use apps and search, all while browsing your favorite websites.  You’ll find your Facebook profile photo at the top left corner of the browser, allowing the user to update both their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

It’s important to note that Rockmelt has not been the first network browser to attempt integrating social media into its platform. Before, a browser known as Flock, also funded by Mark Andreessen, allowed users to access all of their social networking needs directly from Flock’s homepage. Originally running off the Mozilla open source, Flock has since made the switch to the Chromium engine.

I wonder if Google ever foresaw how successful its open source programming was going to be. I mean, who would have thought that the Google Android OS would reach out to as many hardware platforms and cell phone manufacturers as it did. The same thing can be said about the Chromium engine, which because of its open source code gave a company the idea to implement social networking onto the fastest web browser to date. In a world without open source, Google couldn’t have been able to afford the server space it needed for search engine. Reason being, Linux wouldn’t be a free program for Google to customize to power its servers. Open source coding gave us Google, who knows what we will get next.­‐review-­‐rockmelt-­‐vs-­‐flock/­‐open-­‐source-­‐principle-­‐one-­‐good-­‐thing-­‐leads-­‐to-­‐another g_spin_on_Google_Chrome