FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Google News Facebook Application
Sat, 20 Oct 2007 22:07:28

Google News Facebook application
Who would have thought a year or two ago that Facebook would become the first contender for the title of the most widely used Web OS (Operating System)? Certainly not me. And, yet, we see app after app developed and released for this social networking Web OS. Here's one that I learned about while reading Read/Write Web...

Google News Facebook application

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CNET: Five must-have security/privacy extensions for Firefox
Thu, 18 Oct 2007 21:30:21

CNET's Chris Soghoian's blog entry titled Five must-have security/privacy extensions for Firefox seems to have a Windows-centric point of view. But, I'm pretty sure the Firefox add-ons recommended apply equally well to a Mac OS X user (or Linux for that matter). Here are the Firefox add-ons he recommends: SafeCache, SafeHistory, Locationbar, NoScript, and CustomizeGoogle.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Hits the Shelves on Oct. 26
Tue, 16 Oct 2007 22:07:53

I just pre-ordered my copy of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. So, I'll be checking to see how freeware and Open Source apps run on it as soon as I receive my shipment and upgrade my MacBook. If you get and install your copy before me, please let me know what your test results are like!


2007-10-26 10:12:42
Wow, two FFOSS Fridays in a row with only two other blog entries (both by Todd)! And no dev articles in two and a half months. If things don't pick up on Monday with Leopard's release, I think I'll be deleting a bookmark...
2007-10-26 10:22:49
By the way, that was not meant to be a slight against you, Todd.
2007-10-26 18:09:25
i know filemaker is not open source...

but you'd think that they'd get it right

i use filemaker every day, have just bought leopard, only to discover filemaker says...


We are very excited about the release of Leopard... blah blah blah

FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced generally run on Leopard although there are two known issues:

the Instant Web Publishing feature does not work

each language version of FileMaker Pro 9 and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced works only when the Mac OS System Preference "International Formats Region" is set to a specific region

FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced currently do not deploy properly on Leopard.

We are working on Leopard compatibility updates for FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced but do not have an estimated availability date at this time...

We have not tested earlier (pre-FileMaker 9) versions of FileMaker software on Mac OS X Leopard and do not intend to release updates for earlier versions.


Todd Ogasawara
2007-10-26 20:45:49
John: No offense detected or taken on my part. And, none would have been taken if anyone had mentioned that this list has been pretty short on actual Mac OS X apps lately, either. But, with a fresh copy of Leopard now installed on my MacBook, I'm hoping I'll find more stuff to feed it soon :-)