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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.

Chrome 14 released

Best Browser for Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 (code named as Natty Narwhal) is the latest version (Released few months ago) from the Canonical. This post is aimed to choose the best browser among the current web browsers available for Ubuntu 11.04. Ubuntu users typically use – Firefox (It’s installed by default on all versions of Ubuntu), Google Chrome, Opera, Chromium (almost similar to Chrome) for their common tasks such as – surfing, web Apps, web development etc.

So I’m going to help you in finding the best web browser for you (of course on Ubuntu platform it may vary on other Operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS X), based on your tasks and the way use it. The one simple truth is that – what is best for you? depends on a lot of other factors rather than few generic factors (that we will discuss here) so you can only decide the actual best stuffs for you and it’s not only with the browser but anything in your Life.

Best Web Browser for Surfing : Google Chrome

Google Chrome (Latest stable version is Chrome 12 ) is the best web browser but why ? Ok.. here are some points which makes Chrome a great web browser for internet surfers.

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Why Google Chrome is Best for web surfing ?

  1. Chrome is the fastest web browser on Ubuntu.
  2. You can enjoy heavy surfing with a bunch of tab/windows open simultaneously (If you will do the same thing in other browser such as Firefox – then you will be pissed off).
  3. Chrome is the most stable browser on Ubuntu.
  4. It’s secure, in fact security has been the first preference in Google Chrome.
  5. It has a lot of useful and innovative features e.g Sync will store all your bookmarks in Google Cloud, you can access (go to Google Docs) and synchronize (just enter the Google Account login details) bookmarks, Themes, Password, Extensions, Apps etc. anywhere from this planet (I mean Earth, got it?).
  6. It supports modern web (web 2.0) standards and technology (such as HTML 5, CSS 3, OpenGL … ), so we can enjoy the next generation features and sites easily with Chrome.

Get Google Chrome for Ubuntu

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Best Web Browser for Web Development : Mozilla Firefox

Firefox comes by default on Linux based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc and Firefox is a very popular web browser but it has having hard time on Linux platform. Firefox rocks on Windows but if we compare the same version on Ubuntu, you might say that – it’s horrible. Despite of providing poor performance on GNU/Linux, Firefox is very extensible. A lot of exclusive plugins available for Firefox users makes it very popular among web developers. The latest version Firefox 5 is available now for Ubuntu 10.10/11.04 users.

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Opera 11.50 for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Opera is one of the most popular web browser on this planet. The mobile version is prbably the best browser for small devices such as Mobile Phones and desktop version is also popular due to some exciting features such as Live Speed Dialing. Opera seems to be optimized for faster web browsing with next generation browsing experience. The latest version of opera i.e 11.5 has released (today).

Opera 11.50 or swordfish (code name) is available for Windows, Mac and Linux distributions such as Linux Mint or Fedora or Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)/10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 (Lucid Lynx), it’s a cross-platform browser.

You just need to download the correct package if you want to try Opera on your system , Debian package (*.deb) is available for Ubuntu. Then install it either from command line (using dpkg) or just open it with Ubuntu Software Center. (See below, detailed explaination is given, follow whatever suite best to you – I always recommend Command).

New/Exciting/Cool Features in Opera 11.50

  • Live Speed Dialing allows you to get updates from your favorite blogs in easier way, right from the speed dial in a new tab.
  • synchronization of  passwords is easy using ‘Sync’
  • easy to install new plugins
  • improvements in support with latest web standards and technology

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Install Opera 11.50 in Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

#1 : Download Opera 11.50 for Ubuntu or other Linux based OS.

#2 : Install it by ‘Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center’, then a new window will appear, click on install button to proceed (you may have to authenticate using your Ubuntu login password). or open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T or you can find it in Application->Accessories->Terminal) and just type the following commands (first one may changes depending upon the location where you have downloaded the debian file) –

cd Downloads
sudo dpkg -i opera_11.50.1074_i386.deb

#3 : That’s all..Have a lot of Fun, browsing with Opera 11.5.

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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).