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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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Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Keyboard Shortcuts for Unity

Ubuntu 11.10 has unity as the default window manager; based on Gnome 3. In Ubuntu 11.10, you would notice a lot of improvements in Unity (simply, it has evolved! I didn’t like unity on 11.04 but on 11.10, I’m loving it, despite of the fact that Gnome is my most favorite Desktop (classic as well as shell interface)).

That’s why, I’ve written this post to explain some of the basic shortcuts of unity desktop, specifically for beginner users; most of the shortcuts I’ll write here, are already available in system settings ->keyboard, where you can define your own keyboard shortcuts or just edit/customize the existing shortcuts. I’ve already covered some of the unity related Ubuntu 11.04 keyboard shortcuts , only few of them has changed.

16 Most useful keyboard shortcuts for Ubuntu 11.10 users (beginner)

  1. Ctrl + Alt + t : Opens the Terminal
  2. Ctrl + Alt + L : Lock the screen
  3. Ctrl + Alt + Delete : Logout from the current session
  4. Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right/Up/Down : To change workspace [e.g hit Ctrl+Alt+Right (Arrow Key) for moving to right workspace]
  5. Shift + Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right/Up/Down : To move windows to different workspaces [e.g Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Down will move the selected window to down workspace]
  6. Super : focus on Unity Launcher (left panel), with some unique number for each Apps [super key is the one with window logo]
  7. Super + {n} ; where n = 0 1 2..9 : it will launch the corresponding Application
  8. Super + t : Opens trash program
  9. Super + d : toggle between the All Windows Minimize/Restore state
  10. Super + s : shows you – the all available workspaces, it has the same action as if you click on workspace icon in launcher.
  11. Alt + Tab : Switch Applications
  12. Alt + F4 : Close the window
  13. Alt + Space : Activate the window menu
  14. Alt + F7 : Move Window
  15. Alt + F8 : Resize Window
  16. Alt + F2 : Opens the run command dialog

Download Ubuntu 11.10 Keyboard shortcuts wallpaper

Here is a default wallpaper of Ubuntu, with some keyboard shortcuts (edited by me; to download the wallpaper, click on the image below and right click -> save) –

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wallpaper with keyboard shortcuts

Setting Up your own custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Go to system settings -> keyboard ->Custom Shortcuts , and click on + button to add one.

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The keyboard shortcuts I’ve described above are few most commonly used shortcuts, if you have some new shortcuts to share – then please consider sharing with us – through comment(s). Have Fun!! :-)

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Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Preview – Screenshot Tour

As you know – Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1 released, with a lot of improvements e.g it’s lighter && faster than it’s previous version (I mean – Ubuntu 11.04 – Natty Narwhal) and changes. Now it’s time for a quick preview, basically a screenshot tour for some of its exciting/cool features or improvements. Since it’s the beta release – there are lot of bugs (believe me it’s very annoying, I use Ubuntu 10.10 for general purpose), so obviously you aren’t going to install it on production machines. On the other hand if you want to do some experiments – then have a look at the screenshots.

Unity is the default desktop,  runs on the top of Gnome 3 , so this time – we can easily install Gnome 3 – shell on Ubuntu 11.10 without breaking the Unity.

Features/Changes in Ubuntu 11.10

  • LightDM Login Manager (instead of GDM)
  • Thunderbird as a default mail client (instead of Evolution)
  • based on Gnome 3
  • Classic Gnome desktop has been completely removed
  • Unity 2D as fallback mode
  • Linux Kernel 3.0
  • Unity desktop has changed a lot, in other words it’s far better now
  • Improvements in Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Screenshot/snapshot Tour

#1 : Ubuntu 11.10 Default Desktop – Unity on Gnome 3.1.5

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#2 : Surfing with the default web browser Firefox 7.0 (beta release)

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#3 : New look of Ubuntu Software Center

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#4 : Systems Settings

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#5 : gedit

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#6 : Thunderbird

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#7 : Unity Panel

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#8 : Libreoffice

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#9 : Nautilus File Browser

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#10 : Unity 2D Desktop (looks almost similar to default one but it doesn’t have fancy Compiz (3D) effects)

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How to install Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 11.10

Gnome shell is the user interface for Gnome Desktop Environment, after the version 3.0 i.e they are based on GTK 3.0, written in C and Javascript. Ubuntu 11.10 beta final version was released in Oct 2011,  and if you are an enthusiastic Ubuntu user, who love experiments; then probably you are running Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Right? I think so (sure for desktop environment).

Ubuntu 11.10 has Gnome 3 by default, although the default desktop environment named as Ubuntu – is basically Unity, running on Gnome 3.1.5. If you have low graphics resources then better go to Unity 2D (The fallback mode); Gnome classic desktop (version 2.*) has been completely removed. So if you want to try Gnome shell, then don’t worry, it’s very simple (unlike the Gnome shell in Ubuntu 11.04 where it might have broken your unity desktop). You just need to install Gnome shell (The desktop UI for Gnome 3.0) from Terminal or Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager (Oh! ..Synaptic package Manager has been removed.. but you can get it back if you want – synaptic package manager on ubuntu 11.10) ie now Gnome shell is available in official package repository so you don’t need to use any PPA.

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Installing Gnome shell on Ubuntu 11.10 – Oneiric Ocelot

Open Terminal (hit CTRL+ALT+T ) and type the following command.

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

[Alternatively, you can also install the package from Ubuntu Software Center, just search for ‘Gnome shell’ and click on install. You are Done!]

That’s All. If you have any problem, then let us know (because currently it’s in beta version so there might be some bugs, final is coming on Oct 13).

[Update1 : One snapshot added] Here is one snapshot my cool desktop (with ubuntu 11.10 && Gnome shell) –

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Have Fun! with the Next Generation Cool Desktop – Gnome 3.

[Update2 : About Theme Options/settings]

In Gnome 3, changing the themes and or customizing the look of your favorite theme is not so easy as it was in Gnome 2.3. So if you are wondering – how to install and manage theme in Ubuntu 11.10, then here is one great application that might help you – it’s Gnome Tweak Tool that will allow you to tweak the default Gnome theme. To install Gnome Tweak Tool, open a terminal and execute the following command(s) –

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

That’s All. :)

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Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 Released!

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Ubuntu 11.10 – code named as Oneiric Ocelot, beta vs 1 has released today!, the second beta will be available in the end of sep 2011, while OCT 13 has been set for final/stable release. This version has arrived with a lot of new and exciting features – such as Gnome 3.2 desktop (although you could try to install Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.04 but it was not stable/usable), some nice improvements in Unity, GTK3 etc. Due to the improvements in User Interface / ease of use – The Linux distributions are now becoming very popular among common desktop users, and Ubuntu has played an important role in that. Anyway, if you are using Ubuntu on production machines then you are not recommended to try Beta versions (wait until the final version is out!) but experimental users, whose who can’t wait wait to try exciting features – may like to try this beta version (But Remember, always create a backup before such experiments).

Download Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1

New features/Changes in Ubuntu 11.10

With the release of Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1, the new features as well as User Interface development process has been freezed for this release. A lot of bugs has been fixed. Some of the most exciting changes are :

  • Gnome 3.2
  • GTK 3
  • Improvements in Unity
  • Kernel 3.0
  • Cloud Related Features
  • GCC 4.6
  • Python 3.2

That’s All.