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)
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)
Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browser on the Planet, it’s a free and open source browser, available for all platforms. In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Firefox comes installed by default (it’s also true for most GNU/Linux distributions).
In last few years – Google Chrome has also become very popular. For Ubuntu users there are lot of open source web browsers available such as – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Chromium (The base project, on which the Chrome is based on), Midori, Konqueror Browser (Default browser for KDE based distributions), Opera etc.
So what’s your most favorite browser in Ubuntu [12.04] or similar Linux distro such as Linux Mint, Kubuntu, Xubuntu etc ? Firefox, Chrome or what ? VOTE for your primary browser – the one you use often, more than any other browsers.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS comes with Mozilla Firefox, installed by default. Firefox is great but if you want to use Google Chrome in Ubuntu 12.04 – then you may try Chromium (the open source project, the base of Google Chrome web browser) – it’s already there in Ubuntu Software Center. Chromium works great! but you may be missing some proprietary plugins/codecs that you may want to use. On the other hand if you want Google Chrome – then Debian Package (executable format) is available for Ubuntu or other Debian based distributions such as Linux Mint.
Google Chrome has all those proprietary stuffs such as Adobe Flash player – integrated by default. (Although that’s not a good reason because you can also install Adobe Flash player for Firefox or other browsers, surely up to this release).
Then open the downloaded package (some_file_name.deb) with Ubuntu Software Center and hit install (as you usually install packages and applications Ubuntu Software Center). Then wait for the installation to complete.
If anything goes wrong – like missing dependencies or couldn’t open the file then open a terminal(Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the following command(s) to first install the missing packages/libraries –
DNS i.e Domain Name System is a Naming System responsible for translating the human friendly domain names to I.P address. In most of the cases, by default – you would be using your ISP’s DNS server which may be slow or some geographical restrictions might be there. In such cases, it’s often recommended to use DNS service provided by third party such as OpenDNS (refer to article about setting up OpenDNS in Ubuntu, basically the process are same – only the I.P address of the servers are different) or the Google Public DNS, did I forget to mention that both DNS service are Free! (in general). it supports IPv4 as well as IPv6.
So, if you are not sure where to use ISP DNS server or Google Public DNS then you must know about some additional benefits of using Google Public DNS –
Faster DNS Lookup
Improved Security (Protection from phishing sites/domans)
No redirection (additionally, you can also access the sites blocked from ISP DNS Provider)
Change your Internet Settings to use Google Public DNS
Although the tutorial is primarily targeted for Ubuntu users but it should also work well on similar GNU/Linux distributions such as Debian, Linux Mint, OpenSuse etc. Just follow the simple steps and enjoy faster web surfing with Google Public DNS.
#1. Go to Network -> Edit Network Connections
#2. Select your Network connection, you want to setup with Google Public DNS and click Edit. Then go to IPv4 Settings tab and select “Automatic (DHCP) addresses only ” in the Method section.
#3. Now, specify the IP address in DNS Servers field and click on SAVE. Then restart your Router to start using Google Public DNS servers.
Recommended Reading(s) and Reference(s)
Google Public DNS – Go to official page, to know more about Google Public DNS service
Google Chrome version 14.0 is out now. The new (stable) version has arrived with some major bug fixes and changes. Google Chrome has been developed using Rapid Approach (RAD – called as Rapid Application Development), so we are getting new versions very frequently. The latest stable version Chrome 14 is available for download – so wthere you are using chrome on Windows 7/Xp.. or Linux based os such as Ubuntu or Mac OS X Lion/Leopard/.
So if you are already using the chrome browser (I think so), then you just need to update it (but I think you may have to do nothing if the update process will be done in background, I’m not sure – but this feature may arrive soon). The official website also got a new look and you will also notice a little change in look of Google Chrome (it’s now gray instead of blue) and aims to provide more faster browsing experience.
Download Google Chrome 14 Now – for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X