Firefox 4 (stable) was released yesterday (March 22 , 2011), So I decided to write an article on how to install firefox 4 on Ubuntu the easy way.
Now if you goto mozilla.com to download the latest version on linux you prompted to download a file called firefox-4.0.tar.bz2
but many people don’t know how install this file , well the easier method is to download the latest version from Firefox stable PPA
but before you do this make sure to uninstall any beta versions.
Open terminal and type the following commands
First thing to do is add the Firefox stable PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
then before we can install firefox we need to update the PPA
sudo apt-get update
Finally we can install Firefox
sudo apt-get install firefox
And thats it , firefox will now download and install itself , Simple and Easy !
96 Hours :
Its been exactly been 96 hours since Ubuntu Linux 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat ) was installed in a dual boot Setup on my Laptop ,
and I am proud to say that I have booted into windows only twice in that time and that too only temporarily. I have been using a Microsoft OS as my Primary Operating System form 1998-99 , that was when I convinced my dad to bring Home his old Office Computer so I could Use it
The last time I installed Ubuntu was way back in its Gutsy Gibbon(7.10) days , back then I had Windows xp on one Hard disk and Ubuntu on another Hard disk so each time I wanted to switch OS I had to change the Hard disks , OK Enough History now Lets Get Down To business .
The Awesomeness that followed :
Not much has changed really ,I still use firefox and chrome for browsing , VLC for videos …. etc .
But wait the waiting time has decreased , I mean the boot time has some how magically dropped , well may be thats because I am using a newly installed OS .
Then there is the part about having a Cooler looking Desktop !!
I was surprised when I found out that I had almost all the features of Windows 7 Aero Interface (Including transparent Window borders ) Though they function a bit differently in Ubuntu and as usual you do need a Capable Graphics card to handle it , but if you don’t you can just as easily turn them off .
What about applications I asked myself , I knew that there were open source alternatives to many windows applications or I could count on WINE to run my apps , Well my Knowledge turned out to be true . Even the occasional Counter Strike game that I play , works Fine on WINE .
I forgot to mention the standard procedure everyone performs immediately after installing Windows , Installing Drivers , then Installing an Anti-Virus Program , well as you have probably guessed by now I did skip those parts because there weren’t needed . I did Have to Download Updates though .
The Not-So Awesomeness that Followed :
The first thing tried to do after installing Ubuntu was Play a movie , but due to some lame ethical and copyright reasons it refused to play Mp3 , AVI (Divx , Xvid) , MKV (H.264 , X264 ) , Mp4 , Flv … and the other commonly used formats .
Youtube was also on the list as Flash Player was also not present Out of the Box .
But the solution was really simple , install ubuntu-restricted-extras .
The AWESOME desktop that you see above doesn’t come out of the box , though the default desktop still looks good .
In the past 96 hours I have not missed Windows one bit , but lets see how Ubuntu holds up in the coming months .
I have been trying to learn how to write native win32 apps for sometime , I don’t know how this happened but I never came across these most obvious Websites that I should have checked out .
Oh well its better late than never as they say .
When Google Chrome Rolled out it added the new feature of creating application shortcuts , but you had to have
different shortcuts for different apps like Gmail, Calendar , Facebook … etc . So I created a HTML page using which I can Link to other Apps.
Creating just a HTML Page is very easy ,but I wanted more than Just 4 links that I can click, I needed Animated effects and Icons , so I made it using JQuery .
Click Here to check out the Demo .