Friday, December 24, 2010

Sharing is caring : The name is Sabily


Excerpt from the official website

"Sabily is a free, open source operating system designed by and for Muslims. It is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution which is a free, efficient and secure operating system. Unlike Microsoft Windows and other proprietary systems, Linux is publicly open and extendible by contributors.

Because Sabily is free, already includes all software you need in your everyday tasks, and is customized specifically for Muslims. And even if you didn't buy Windows, you should not use pirated copies because then you are still supporting Microsoft by adding to the impression it's the only OS available.

Sabily includes a set of packages that customizes the Ubuntu distro; Ubuntu is easy to use for a novice user, with the most-used Office, Internet, Graphics and Video applications already installed. With Sabily, Muslim users have “out of the box” Islamic software and tools installed as well. Sabily includes Islamic software (prayer times tool, Quran study tool, Hijri calendar etc.) and has a custom design. Sabily comes with out of the box educational software, codecs for the most used media formats and has better support for Arabic language."

Sabily comes in three versions which are Small Version, Full Version and Ultimate Version. 

Small version comes with a bunch of islamic related software such as islamic prayer times application, Quranic study tools, Islamic Calendars etc. etc..

For beginners or novice Linux users, I suggest you download at least the Full Version if not the Ultimate Version because they are pre-installed with multimedia codecs including java and flash player for you to be able to  watch youtube videos, other videos codecs as well as playing games in Facebook. Otherwise , if you download the small version, you're going to have to install all those multimedia codecs yourselves and its not that easy for beginners.

The full version should be sufficient to get you going with your everyday life computing which mainly consist on Internet surfing, YouTubing and Facebooking as well as documentation works in the pre-installed Open Office suite. Basically .... you don't need to install additional software ... it has everything a normal pc needs.

The Ultimate Version comes with an offline Quran recitations provided by How about it?

You can choose to install it in your current Windows Operating System, or dual booting it with your existing Windows or simply use it as Live-DVD  or Live-USB without even changing anything in your Windows System.

It is just that flexible and further more ... it has a software called "Nanny" which is a parental control system .... it's perfect for family use in preventing our children from accessing bad Internet influences ... if you know what I mean lah hehehe


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have a Merry, Happy, Kinilau Christmas!!

The word "Christian" basically means  "The Follower of Christ". To elaborate more, Christians are people who accepts Jesus as the Messiah/Christ and who follow the teachings of Jesus. Some Christians may argue that Muslims are the Antichrist ...but on the contrary, Muslims are the exact opposite of that. If Christian means "those who accept Jesus as the Messiah/Christ and follow the teaching of Christ", then in that case Muslims can also be considered as Christians.

Why? Because whatever was taught by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the Muslims regarding God and how to worship Him are the exact same teachings that of Jesus'.

In the Quran, Jesus is known as "Isa Al-Masih" which literally means "Jesus The Messiah" which also means "Jesus Christ". I hope that will straightens the fact that Muslim are not the Antichrist.

Before I end this .... i leave you guys with quotes taken from the Quran regarding Jesus Christ.

[Quran Chapter 19]

19:16 And make mention of Mary in the Scripture, when she had withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking East,

19:17 And had chosen seclusion from them. Then We sent unto her Our Spirit and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect man.

19.18 She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art God-fearing.

19:19 He said: “Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.”

19:20 She said: “How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?”

19:21 He said: “So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, ‘that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us’:It is a matter (so) decreed.”

19:22 So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place.

19:27 At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: “O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought!”

19:30 He said: “I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet.”

19:31 “And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live.”

19:32 “(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable.”

19:33 “So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”!

19:34 Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.

Shalom / Salam ... may peace be unto you, and a happy,merry, kinilau Christmas.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cloud Antivirus : The new frontier of computer virus prevention.

I was searching the net trying to find some good free antivirus and came across this particular antivirus. What makes a cloud antivirus different from a conventional antivirus?

In conventional antivirus, the virus database is stored in your computer. As time goes by, lots and lots virus data will be downloaded to your computer and making it bulky sort of speak. This will cause your computer's resources. Each and every antivirus users will download virus patterns database and stores the same database in every PC which makes it redundant. Not all PC's experiences the same virus attack hence information on new viruses will take time to be known on the other side of the globe.

Cloud antivirus on the other hand will only install the client on your PC. The virus database are stored in an antivirus server and shared all around the globe. That means no more downloading virus pattern update. whenever there is a new virus threat, the information will straight away received by the server which relays it to the other users around the globe which uses the same client at the first user.

Currently there are 3 known free cloud antivirus in the market.

Never heard of this one but it claims a real-time prevention and advanced protection for your PC. Permanently free and steady antivirus software. Protection against attacks from worms, Trojans, pyware, malware and unnamed viruses. Automatic scan or demanded scans, which quickly cleans infected data Defends E-mail & MSN clients, and monitors webpages while you are surfing the Internet.

This one is a relatively known antivirus company. It has got great reviews by reputed tech blog. But from what I read in the net, some user experience high resource usage with this antivirus. But its has high detection rate.

Among all the cloud antivirus featured in this article Immunet, according to bloggers, is the best. Unlike the others, it is not a resource hog and it does most of the settings by itself automatically so people who are new to computers need not worry much.

Some of them have pro or plus versions which are not free but have additional features and functions.

I personally use Immunet a relatively unknown antivirus and from what i read from the net it runs in the most minimal resource and it wont hog your system. But most of all ... it can be used in conjunction with most of your favorite conventional antivirus for that added protection. I use Immunet Protect with my trusty Eset Smart Security.