Firefox says goodbye to the "blink" tag

Today in Open Source: The "blink" tag is no more in Firefox. Plus: SparkyLinux 3.0 GameOver, and Android malware rates surge!

Firefox Removes the "Blink" Tag

Sad tidings today for fans of the "blink" tag in Firefox. The latest version of Firefox has removed "blink" support. I know I join many people in mourning the demise of "blink" in Firefox. Well okay, not really.

The "blink"* element, a feature of early web browsers that made text blink on and off, has been banished in the latest version of Firefox.

The element had already been removed from Internet Explorer, was never implemented in Chrome and was ignored by most browser-makers because it never made it into a W3C HTML spec. The W3C even went so far as to add a Blink-killing requirement to its web accessibility guidelines.

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Unlike some of you younglings, I remember seeing the "blink" tag in action. It was horrid and annoying. Imagine loading a web page, and having text in a huge font blinking at you over and over and over again. That was the "blink" tag in action.

It's gone now, but its not missed. Heh, heh.

What's your take on "blink" in Firefox? Are you going to miss it now that it's gone? I'm sure there have to be a few "blink" fans out there. Let's hear from you in the comments.

SparkyLinux 3.0 "GameOver" Released

DistroWatch is reporting that SparkyLinux 3.0 "GameOver" has been released. SparkyLinux is based on Debian testing.

"'GameOver' 3.0 is built on SparkyLinux 3.0 'Annagerman' and compatible with the 'testing' branch of Debian GNU/Linux 'Jessie'. Sparky 3.0 'GameOver' features Linux kernel 3.9.8-1; all packages updated from Debian testing repositories as of 2013/08/02; sparky-installer bug has been fixed; added new tools: blueman, ddm, disk-manager, dropbox client, gponting-device-settings, hardinfo, htop, joystick, jstest-gtk, lxtask, matchbox-keyboard, rcconf, uget; added new games: blobby, blockout2, brainparty, chromium-bsu, flare, funnyboat, lbreakout2, ltris, minetest, pingus, smc (Secret Maryo Chronicles), teeworlds, tetzle, widelands...."

More at DistroWatch

There are a number of different versions of SparkyLinux:

LXDE/e17

Ultra Edition (Openbox/JWM)

MATE

Razor-Qt

GameOver

CLI Edition

You can download any of these free from the SparkyLinux site and see more details about SparkyLinux 3.0 GameOver on the release notes page, including system requirements.

SparkyLinux 3.0 GameOver
Image Courtesy of Sparky Linux

Android App Malware Rates Way Up!

A disturbing story is out today over on ZDNet about Android app malware rates rising by 40%. Ouch! I hope you all are using some sort of anti-malware and anti-virus applications on your Android devices. That, plus only getting apps from trusted sources should help protect you from malware.

Mobile malware in the Android ecosystem has grown by over 40 percent in the past few months, researchers say.

A new report issued by Trend Micro (.pdf) says that high-risk, malicious app rates on the Google Android operating system rose to 718,000 at the end of the second quarter in comparison to 509,000 in the first quarter of this year.

The number of malicious Android apps in circulation surged by over 350,000 in this time period -- which originally took three years to reach when Google's Android operating system became established.

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