Sunday, July 30, 2006

Putty - Telnet/SSH Client

PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. It is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.

From their FAQ
A.1.1 What is PuTTY?

PuTTY is a client program for the SSH, Telnet and Rlogin network protocols.

These protocols are all used to run a remote session on a computer, over a network. PuTTY implements the client end of that session: the end at which the session is displayed, rather than the end at which it runs.

In really simple terms: you run PuTTY on a Windows machine, and tell it to connect to (for example) a Unix machine. PuTTY opens a window. Then, anything you type into that window is sent straight to the Unix machine, and everything the Unix machine sends back is displayed in the window. So you can work on the Unix machine as if you were sitting at its console, while actually sitting somewhere else.

I am not sure since when I have been using Putty. I think I have always used it. Though in between I had used ScureCRT and some more such similar terminals. But whatever be it I had to go back to one of the favorite clients on Windows for remote login - Putty. Well frankly I have not stopped experimenting other newer clients like Poderosa but they will have a long way to catch up with Putty. It is matured and is very well maintained, and is one of the most conforming to standards. Simon Tatham has made sure that what we have is one very light and fast pure Windows based client to match up to the UNIX/Linux version of the same. He with his team is working on porting it to Mac and others too. Any help according to him on porting from any quarter is welcome. So if you have the skills and are interested in similar development activities can help him out. Over the years I have found that colors and mouse support is excellent in Putty than compared to any other. Also the speed of communication seems to be visibly faster in Putty than many well known commercial clients. One of the features which I would like to see in Putty is tabbed terminals in a single window but somehow there seem to be some technical problems. As of now UNIX "screen", Wintabber and PuttyTabs help me through. For some more interesting tweaks and software based on Putty check out its Putty Links page

The PuTTY executables and source code are distributed under the MIT licence, which is similar in effect to the BSD licence. (This licence is Open Source certified and complies with the Debian Free Software Guidelines.)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

K-Meleon - The Browser You Control

K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser for the win32 (Windows) platform based on the Gecko layout engine (the rendering engine of Mozilla). K-Meleon is free, open source software released under the GNU General Public License.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: K-Meleon is a web browser for the Microsoft Windows platform, based on the Gecko layout engine. Compared to Mozilla Firefox, K-Meleon is not cross-platform because it uses native Windows API to create the user interface instead of using the XUL layer. However, this reduces the resource requirement and makes K-Meleon much more responsive, which is especially important for users of low-end hardware. This approach is similar to that of Galeon and Epiphany (for GNOME), and Camino (for Mac OS X).

The latest preview release, 1.0 Release Candidate 2, was released on June 28, 2006[2], based on Gecko 1.8.0.5.

Another browser? The browser war is getting furious with Opera coming out with their new release 9, Mozilla with Firefox 2 and IE with 7.0. Now within all these another browser? Yes K-Meleon is another browser which helps you in rendering html pages on the internet. Whats the big news, whats the catch here or what is new? The answer to all these is that there is nothing special about K-Meleon. Its way too simple and does not look any better than the rest. It does not support extensions the way Firefox does! It also does not do all the cool stuff Flock does. Let me talk about all the usual stuff it has. It has mouse gestures inbuilt, keyword support, cofigurable menu items, tab(layers) support, skinnable toolbars, themes, plugins and macros. Now the not so usual things we forget. Adding extensions does make our lives easier but it also bloats our browser. Finally eating up huge amounts of the memory with just one tab open. And then one day it takes just about 5 seconds to open the browser window (thats approximately the time it takes in my machine and sometimes more). So I started looking out for one which just helped me browse faster and load even faster. K-Meleon was the answer (for me). I found it to have extremely fast load times and low memory footprints when compared to others. Also pages did turn up faster when compared to others. Surprisingly even the download of files seemed to be faster though I never timed it, it seems so. I had tried K-Meleon long time back but removed it once I started using Firefox. I came back to it now with K-Meleon 1RC. Before K-Meleon was supposed to be for the nerdy and configuring it would actually require manual changes in its configuration files. This time they have done away with that and made many options available as easy preference items. For me K-Meleon is fast becoming a usual with Firefox while surfing. And I am enjoying the speed upgrade I have got along. I am sure this would be one silent achiever which would take its steady time.