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Firefox 5 for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Mozilla Firefox (One of the most popular open source web browser) has just (yesterday!) released its next stable version – Firefox 5 with some new features and improvements. The version 5.0 is available for Linux, Mac , Windows and Android operating system. Now, Firefox has very high release frequency, probably due to the fact that – they want to deliver all the innovative features quickly to the users, new version has arrived with a of performance tweaks and enhancements.

If you are using Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), you got version 4.0 installed by default; now it’s time to either update it or install a fresh version of Firefox 5, on the other hand if you are using older version of Ubuntu (The most appropriate reason would be the ‘critical bugs of Ubuntu 11.04’) such as Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) then also the procedure would be same.

The major feature which is included in this release is “Do Not Track on Multiple platform feature” which provides more control to users about how their data or behavior  is used or tacked on the web.

Upgrading Firefox to Latest version in Ubuntu

If you have installed Firefox from PPA or Synaptic Package Manager, then it will be updated along with the system update. Move to System -> Administration -> Update Manager and click on Check to update the cache (About the current Packages). If you are using the Firefox version installed by default (it’s most likely the case if you are using Ubuntu 11.04, but within few days it must be available under official repository of Ubuntu 11.04) then the latest version may not show up in the update manager, then first add this PPA (Personal Package Archive) address to Synaptic Package Manager ->Settings -> Repositories.

ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa

Now, search for Firefox 5 for in Synaptic Package Manager, right click and select Upgrade option. it will hardly take a couple of minutes.

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Alternative way of installing Firefox on Ubuntu

Run the following commands ( then update your browser using Update Manage Manager if you don’t want to update other packages, in this case execute only first 2 commands at terminal).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Download Firefox 5 for Ubuntu

Download the Firefox tar.bz2 file from its official website, and execute -run-mozilla.sh file, after extraction (tar -xf mozilla-5.tar.bz2).

Opera snapshot

how to install opera in Ubuntu 11.04

Opera is a popular web browser, developed by opera Software. Opera web browser is very popular among small devices such as mobile phones, but this post is based on the desktop version of opera web browser. Opera web browser is available free under proprietary license (with some open source components), for all common operating systems such as GNU/Linux distros (e.g Ubuntu 11.04/10.10.., Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSuse etc), Windows 7, Mac OS X, FreeBSD.

Ubuntu users primarily uses Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but Opera is also a good choice, specifically if you have used or just give it a try (Just for Fun!), you might like some new and exciting features in Opera 11.10 – the latest version of Opera for Linux Distributions. A special features named – ‘Opera Turbo’ seems impressing because it allow you to browse five times faster (5x, it seems cool) than the normal after enabling the opera turbo mode (You can switch to/from Opera Turbo Mode in single click, using the turbo button at bottom of the browser); specifically developed for the users who surf with slower internet connection. In this post, you will learn – how to install opera 11.10 on your freshly installed Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), using Ubuntu Software Center or command line/shell/terminal.

Opera snapshot on Ubuntu 11.04

Installing Opera on Ubuntu 11.04

#1 : Download the debian package ‘opera_11.10.2092_i386.deb’.

Download Opera 11.10 for Ubuntu 11.04

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#2 : Now, open the downloaded package with Ubuntu Software Center (Right click on the file and select Open with Ubuntu Software Center), then click on install button to start the installation procedure. …..Wait for the installation to complete.

#3 : That’s All..Now go to menu (Top left corner) and search for ‘opera’ to start surfing with Opera.

Alternate way : From Terminal

Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and enter the commands, probably followed by your login password.

wget http://www.opera.com/download/get.pl?id=33541&location=321&nothanks=yes&sub=marine
sudo dpkg -i opera_11.10.2092_i386.deb
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Google Chrome 11 for Ubuntu 10.10-11.04

Google Chrome 11 – stable/final version is out!, you can download and install it on your Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), in a couple clicks. Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browser on this planet. Google chrome is fast, it’s simple and easy to use, with minimal designed graphical user interface.

You will notice a lot of changes and features in the new version of Google Chrome, but the most notable feature is ” speech input through HTML” (Voice to text conversion along with Speech Recognition capabilities). Now, the gaming/animation experience has improved due to the Accelerated 3D effects in CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), If you haven’t installed the Google Chrome yet, then you must try it, just download the correct package (for Ubuntu, debian package (*.deb) is recommended) and open it with Ubuntu Software Center to install it.

Installing Google Chrome 11 on Ubuntu 10.10/10.04/11.04

#1 : Download Google Chrome vs 11 stable/final from it’s official website.

Download Google Chrome 11

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#2 : Then install it either by opening with Ubuntu Software Center (Right Click -> Open with USC ) Or use dpkg to install the package. To install the package from command line – type the following command(s) at the terminal (followed by your user login password).

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

#3 : Relax and wait for the installation procedure to complete. Then access it from the main menu either by searching (in later version 11.04) or direct selection (older version like 10.04 or 10.10 ). Have Fun surfing with Google Chrome!

Upgrade Google Chrome to 11 on Ubuntu

Upgrading Google Chrome on Ubuntu is very simple almost similar to installation. In the above procedure; If you have already installed the previous version of Google Chrome (e.g 10 ), then instead of install button, there will be an upgrade button , just click on that – everything else is self explanatory. You can also upgrade chrome from Update Manager. Start update manager and click on update button. You might have to restart the computer after the completion (because it may update some system packages along with the apps packages).

empathy : Equivalent to gtalk

gtalk for Ubuntu 11.04

gtalk or Google Talk is an instant messaging and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) application (Client Apps), developed/maintained by Google Inc. it’s free to use and available only for Windows (Xp, Vista or 7). gtalk uses XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) , an open standard communication protocol based on XML (Extensible Markup Language).

Features of gtalk at a Glance

  • Instant Text Chat
  • Instant Voice Chat(Audio/Video)
  • Encrypted data transfer between the client and server
  • Offline Messaging

but Gtalk is available only for Windows (Although Google had a plan to make it available for all platform, but..), so on Ubuntu there is another equivalent apps Gnome Talk(gtalk) that you can use, or You can also install gtalk(Google talk) on ubuntu 11.04 using Wine.

empathy : Equivalent to gtalk

Empathy – Instant Messaging Client : Equivalent to gtalk

Empathy is a free and open source instant messaging client Apps for Ubuntu 11.04. it has almost all features, as you can find in gtalk. Empathy supports for ‘Google talk’, yahoo, AIM, MSN, Facebook and many instant messaging protocols. it’s installed by default, on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). So in order to start chatting just open it and enter the account details (protocol, username and password). That’s all, now you are ready chat (Text/Audio/Video) with gMail or Facebook friends.

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how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 11.04

A short Introduction : Google Chrome (a free and open source web browser), derived from the Chromium Web Browser (Open Source Project) , has been developed and maintained by Google Inc. Google chrome is available for Windows, Linux based OS such as Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and Mac OS X. The most important thing about the Chrome is that – it’s popularity(as well as some features) has increased exponentially; it provides all the features and functionality that a modern browsers should provide. Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browser on this planet.

If you have just installed the Ubuntu 11.04, then you got Mozilla Firefox installed by default. Mozilla Firefox sucks on Ubuntu or any other Linux Distribution, but people(specifically web developers) still uses it due to some plugins like Firebug,PageSpeed , which were not available in other browser, but Now, most of them is available for Google Chrome. Google chrome has minimal designed interface, optimized for speed. Surfing (Experience) is fun (Fast, Secure), when you have Google Chrome. it has some advanced features like – Instant Loading (load the page as you type the URL in the Address bar), Pre DNS Fetching (Perform the DNS look up of the links on the loaded page, in the background) etc to boost the browsing speed.

Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu 11.04

Google Chrome can be installed in many ways, on Ubuntu 11.04. Here I’ll explain few simple methods. You can also install Chromium (almost similar to Google Chrome), it is available in Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager. Just follow the steps –

step #1 : Go to its official website and download the Debian Package. Google Chrome version 10.x.* is the latest one.

Download the Google Chrome for Ubuntu 11.04

step #2 : Open the saved file with Ubuntu Software Center (Right Click on the Package, then select Open With USC; click on install Button to proceed) or Use the dpkg command to install the package. To install from the command line, type the command given below and enter your login password to proceed.

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

step #3 : That’s all.. No more steps.. Enjoy surfing with Chrome.

Here is one snapshot, how Google Chrome looks on Ubuntu 11.04 –

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