Google Chrome : Ubuntu 12.10

Google Chrome for Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal”

Ubuntu 12.10 comes with Mozilla Firefox by default, it’s a great browser! but if you want a secondary web browser (or you like Google Chrome) then can also try Chromium (the open source project upon which Google chrome is based on) – it’s available there in Ubuntu Software Center, but you won’t get some chrome specific features such as in built flash player etc. (but you can install that separately if you want, by installing ubuntu-restricted-extras package, refer few things to do after installing ubuntu 12.10)

Google Chrome : Ubuntu 12.10

Installing Gdebi Package Installer (Optional)

sudo apt-get install gdebi

Installing Google Chrome

  • Download Google Chrome
  • Open the downloaded file with Gdebi Package Installer or ubuntu software center (but it may cause some dependency errors, in that case you will have to manually install the missing dependencies or execute sudo apt-get install -f), in case if you haven’t already installed the Gdebi package installer (which is a lightweight program for managing *.deb packages)
kde-plasma-desktop

How to Install KDE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 comes with Unity Desktop environment/shell (based on GNOME 3). A lot of users love unity, they like the cools features of unity (Unity dash, lens, launcher etc) , but there are lots of haters too. Fortunately, there are many options available – Gnome shell, KDE, XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon, etc.

KDE – Desktop Environment

KDE is one of the most popular and a classic desktop environment. It’s easy to use and it has lot of cools apps (somewhat like Gnome), specially for newbies (moving from Windows XP/7/8).

kde-plasma-desktop

In Ubuntu 12.10, it’s there in package repository, by default. KDE plasma desktop and apps are bundled together in various ways. Choose something that suits you well, or just go with second one (kde-plasma-desktop, with minimal set of applications).

KDE standard

it contains KDE plasma desktop and standard set of applications such as Kate (default editor, like gedit), Konqueror (default web browser), Kget (Download Manager), KMail (email client), Dolphin (File Manager), Konsole (terminal) etc. To install standard package of kde, open a terminal and execute the command –

sudo apt-get install kde-standard

KDE Desktop Minimal

If you just want to give it a try or may be you don’t want the applications to be installed by default (you can always install later), then prefer this minimal package – that installs KDE plasma desktop with minimal set of apps.

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop

KDE Netbook Minimal

As the name suggest, it’s more suitable for netbook users.

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-netbook

KDE Full

If you want the complete package of apps, along with the core desktop environment (KDE Plasma), then it’s the best option for you (but it may take more time to install depending on your internet speed).

sudo apt-get install kde-full

That’s All, enjoy the cool charming look of KDE.

upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10

How to upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10 from 12.04

Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal”  has released, with a lot of new exciting features. So you’re running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS now, and you’re interested in the shinny features of 12.10, then you may want to upgrade now (or you can do a fresh install (12.10), in another partition/drive)

Upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10, from 12.04 LTS is very easy, but you must always have a backup of all your important data (to another hard disk or online such as Dropbox, Ubuntu One or Amazon S3).

First of all, Back up all your important data

Then, start Update Manager. Update the settings, so that it can notify you about the new version (by default it’s set for LTS only).

updates-settings

Now, restart the update manager and click on check to reload the package information. Now you should see the upgrade notification “New Ubuntu release 12.10 is available” at top.

upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10

 

Now, read the release notes and click on upgrade to start the upgrade process.

release-notes

It may take time depending on your internet connection, once the process is complete, restart your computer and enjoy the cool features in latest Ubuntu release (12.10).

NOTE : If you prefer a solid and stable distribution over the new one with latest cool stuffs, then better stick with LTS version, specially in production environment or any situation where stability/compatibility is critically important. e.g in server environment. But for most of the desktop users, that might not be an issue, or you could run LTS as primary OS (for work) and the latest one as secondary OS in other partition/drive.

xubuntu-snapshot

Xubuntu 12.10 Released!

Xubuntu 12.10 is out! Xubuntu is a Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distribution that focuses on XFCE desktop environment. Xubuntu is a Ubuntu derivative project, just like Kubuntu, Lubuntu etc.

XFCE is lightweight, fast, easy to use and well suitable for those who wants a classic GNOME style desktop environment with traditional layout and minimum fancy stuffs (well, that’s the case with default configuration, you can make it as cooler you want – compiz is there).

xubuntu-logo

Xubuntu 12.10 is based on Ubuntu 12.10, already released today! Xubuntu 12.10 has released with newer version of XFCE Desktop – 4.10, updated docs, artwork, settings manager, new apps (Catfish, Parole etc) and bug fixes etc.

xubuntu-snapshot

Want to try Now ? Get ISO (32/64 bit)

Download Xubuntu 12.10 ISO

Privacy Settings - Online Search option

How to Disable Amazon Products result in Unity [Ubuntu 12.10]

Ubuntu 12.10 has released with lots of new exciting features, but most users didn’t welcome the one feature which – integrates the amazon products in Unity dash serch results.

So, if you’ve installed Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) and hates this amazon results in Dash search, then you should know that it can be easily disabled from System Settings -> Privacy  -> Include Online results in search -> OFF.

Privacy Settings - Online Search option

or you can just execute the command –

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

If you’re new to Ubuntu 12.10 and not sure how to get things done, I highly recommend this 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10 beginners guide.