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Firefox 7 released! and available for download

Firefox version 7.0 final/stable has released! …and available for download (of course, for all commonly used operating systems such as Mac OS X, Windows 7or Linux based OS – Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Fedora etc, ). Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browser. it’s open source and available free of cost, for all.

What’s new in Firefox 7.0 ?

Due to frequent released cycle – sometimes it’s difficult to get surprise (Google Chrome also uses rapid release cycle) ..but the purpose is to provide the latest – cutting edge feature/experience while browsing web. some of the new features implemented in Firefox 7 includes –

  • improvements in Canvas elements
  • drastic improvements in memory handling in certain cases
  • websocket protocol has been updated (to version 8 )
  • instant bookmark sync
  • hidden HTTP:// in URL (just like Google Chrome)
  • new CSS 3 animation effects (e.g text overflow is supported now)
  • webGL related new features (e.g support of cross domain texture)
  • a lot of bug fixes related to security and stability

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Download Firefox 7.0 for Linux/Windows/Mac

GNU/Linux (such as Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04.. Debian, Linux Mint etc) users can download tar.bz2 file .

other users can download it from the official website.

Install Firefox 7 on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and extract the file to any desired location (lets say ‘Downloads’) and install it by running the command –

tar -xf file_name.bz2
cd firefox
sudo ./firefox

That’s all … Have Fun! :)

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how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10, has Firefox installed as the default web browser. Although Firefox has improved the performance in its latest version, on the Linux platforms such as Ubuntu but it doesn’t seem to be faster, if we compare it with Google Chrome. Chrome web browser is based on the open source project called – chromium. Chromium web browser is already available in Ubuntu Software Center, and it supports all most all features – themes, extensions or other stuffs that you uses with Google Chrome.

Firefox is very popular probably because of the huge number of add-ons, (in other words I can say that you can get an add-on for everything, in Firefox), but the speed sucks most of the time, specifically in the case when you’re using with Ubuntu 11.10 , Fedora, Linux Mint or other Linux distributions with a lot of tabs opened and a number of plugins has installed on it (When I install both Google toolbar and Alexa toolbar together – then the browsing experience is horrible). On the other hand, Google Chrome has decent performance (speed , stability) on Ubuntu.

Therefore you can also try installing Chromium from Software Center or if you want to install Google Chrome, then simply download the debian package and install it either from command line or Right Click on the file and open with Ubuntu Software Center.

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Running Chrome on Ubuntu 11.10

Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu 11.10 – Oneiric Ocelot

#1 Get the debian package of chrome from its official website.

Download Google Chrome

#2 Now, you can either install it using Software Center or from command line.

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Installing Chrome using Ubuntu Software Center

You can also use the dpkg tool to install the *.deb package. Open the terminal (CTRL+ALT+T), and type (move to other directory instead of Downloads f you’ve saved it  some where else) :

cd Downloads
sudo dpkg -i file_name.deb

#3 If any dependency error occurs then run the following command(s)

sudo apt-get -f install

or install dependent libraries/program manually like this :

sudo apt-get install libnspr4-0d
sudo apt-get install libcurl3
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Google Chrome 13 for Ubuntu (11.04/10.10/10.04)

Google Chrome 13.0 stable was released yesterday and it’s available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSuse etc. Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browser (and the popularity is increasing exponentially). it is developed and maintained by Google Inc. it uses RAD (Rapid Application Development) approach (Firefox also uses the same approach and releases new versions very frequently – the latest stable version – Firefox 6 for Ubuntu, covered few days before, will help you in installing/upgrading Firefox on Ubuntu 1.04/10.10/10.04) to release new versions quickly with new, exciting, cutting edge ( and experimental) features.

Anyway, this post will help you in installing new version of Google Chrome i.e ‘Chrome 13 stable’ on Ubuntu! If you are already using Chrome then you should upgrade it, if you are ready to try some experimental and innovative features.

New/Exciting features in Google Chrome 13

Google Chrome 13 has released with a lot of bug fixes and some improvement in XMLHttpRequest objects, which is typically used in creating a AJAX request from client side. One exciting feature is instant page loads – in which the pages are loaded before you click the link in Google Search, in other words it is just like a I’m feeling lucky button but to the next level. So this feature may be a big hit in Chrome 13, although some features similar to this has already been implemented such as Pre DNS lookups, Loading the page as you type in address bar etc.

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How to install Google Chrome 13 on Ubuntu

1. Download the Debian Package (some_file_name.deb).

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2. Open Terminal (hit CTRL+ALT+T) and type :

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

and relax until the installation is finish.

(Alternatively You can install the debian package by Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center and click on install or upgrade (if you already have older version of chrome installed on your computer))

3. That’s All.. Restart the chrome browser and Happy Browsing! :)

How to upgrade to Google Chrome 13 on Ubuntu

The procedure is same as above instead of install, the existing package will be upgraded. But you do remember one thing – that new versions might have some new bugs along with the new features.

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Firefox 6 for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Mozilla Firefox version 6.0 stable has finally arrived. It’s available for Mac , Windows and Linux based distribution such as Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 10.10/10.04, Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, OpenSuse etc. Firefox 6 has a some new and exciting features, e.g progress bar element of HTML 5.0, which has been already supported by Google Chrome, is now added in Firefox 6.0. So it’s a good news for web developers because they can use ‘progress’ element more effectively.

If you aren’t familiar with the rapid release cycle of the Firefox web browser or other open source projects such as Google Chrome, then you might be surprised and probably worried about the “stability and the pain of ‘version-dependencies problems’ such as plugin compatibility, usability, productivity etc”. Relax, there are some advantage too in the RAD (Rapid Application Development) approach, specifically if you are a tech savvy user; always hungry for exciting and cutting edge features, feel good in trying new things (in other words if you love experiment). These days, ‘frequent version release’ is a common attribute in some popular open source projects e.g Ubuntu and many other Linux based distributions such as Linux Mint, Fedora etc, Firefox, Google Chrome…

How to Install Firefox 6 on Ubuntu 11.04/11.04/10.04.. or other Linux based OS

#1 Download the Firefox 6 package (firefox-6.0.tar.bz2), close all the Firefox windows/tabs.

#2 Next, extract the file and execute the script (either by right click extract here followed by dragging the ‘firefox’ script from the extracted directory to the terminal or through the command).

tar -xf firefox-6.0.tar.bz2
cd firefox
./firefox

#3 That’s All. Have Fun with Firefox 6.0.

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New features in Firefox 6.0

progress-element-in-firefox 6Firefox 6 has some new and exciting features, along with a lot of bug fixes, improved speed and stability. The performance of Firefox has not been admirable (probably due to frequent crashes and slower browsing experience) on Linux platforms such as Ubuntu 11.04 or 10.10 or other ‘older versions’ or distros such as Linux Mint, Open Suse. In fact Firefox has continuously loosing its usage share on Ubuntu. One of the most exciting feature is ‘support for the HTML 5.0 – progress element’, which can be used to indicate the progress of a task. Other features includes ‘lower launch time’, improved performance on Linux/Ubuntu etc.

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Firefox 7 a2 for Ubuntu

Mozilla Firefox version 7.0 a2 is available for testing and fun! (through Aurora Channel), for all common operating system such as Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X; final version (Gecko 7.0) will be released on Oct 2011. If you are looking for an stable version of Firefox i.e 5.0 for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 LTS , then its OK for production environment but if you want to do some experiment and can’t stop yourself from trying something new, exciting and cutting edge features, then give it a try.

Probably your already know that – Firefox has been releasing its new version very rapidly which has both positive as well as some negative effect on its usage share. Anyway, the current share of Firefox is around 37% in the browser market. Firefox has huge number of plugins available free to use, which makes firefox the most popular among web developers.

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New features & Improvements in Firefox 7

Firefox 7 has planned for lot of new features such as in Canvas element, CSS3 animation effects (e.g text overflow is supported, -moz-orient problem is fixed), WebGL related feature such as cross domain texture support, removal/addition of elements in HTML as well as DOM (Document Object Model), Navigation Timing etc.

Installing Firefox 7 on Ubuntu (11.04/11.10/10.10/10.04..)

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To install Firefox 7 on Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu, follow this simple steps :

Warning! : Since it’s an alpha version, it may crash your existing firefox installation or you may experience other difficulties. It is supposed to be an experiment (Testing), the statistics/report generated by you may will help developers(specifically in bug fixing), so consider sharing your experience through comments.

step 1 : Download firefox 7 (or click here for direct file download)

step 2 : Extract the archived file. (open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type the following commands )

cd Downloads
tar -xf firefox-7.0a2.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

step 3 : Now, close all your existing firefox windows and move on to the extracted folder and execute firefox.

cd firefox
sudo ./firefox

(Alternative way : Drag the script and drop it to the terminal; hit Enter)

step 4 : That’s All.. The Firefox vs 7.0 a2 will start within a minute, after checking the compatibility with plugins etc.