Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10

This post was written when Chrome was still not available for Linux. Chromium was the only option then. Now that Google Chrome is available, just go to Google’s website and download the browser directly.

Tired of Firefox? Do you want something a little bit more faster, maybe more stable? I seem to have issues with Firefox running on Ubuntu 9.10. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it has crashed several times. This article shows you how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10.

Add to your sources list.

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

You may substitute jaunty, intrepid, hoary for other distributions.

Add the GPG keys.

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com
0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5

Run an update.

sudo apt-get update

Finally, install Google Chrome.

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

IE Explorer Losing More Ground

The latest web metrics from Net Applications, Inc. gave Internet Explorer a market share of just below 70%, a decrease of a few percentage points from last month’s numbers.

Meanwhile, Mozilla Firefox climbed above the 20% mark for the first time, while Safari increased to 7.1% and Google Chrome settled at 0.83%. The market share for browser use is available here.

I expect Internet Explorer use to diminish as the months go by as more and more home users will opt for Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome which is currently in Beta mode.

A large percentage of the 70% market share for Internet Explorer is corporate use. Corporations can’t easily depart from Internet Explorer due to legacy applications that only work with Internet Explorer.

As more of these applications are phased out and new applications becoming more compliant to run on any browser – not just IE, you’ll see more companies turning over to Mozilla’s Firefox.

Another factor is the economy. Belts will tighten, more corporations will opt for open source solutions if and when available. The Internet Explorer market share can dip further down under the current recession.

With IE 7 having been out for a while now and IE 8 looming in the horizon, many corporations will not upgrade to the upcoming release of IE 8. At least not right away.

Expect the trend to continue for IE Explorer. It will lose more market share in the upcoming months.

Firefox 3.1 Private Browsing

The upcoming Firefox 3.1 release will have private browsing mode for users who do not want to leave traces of their online activity on their local computers. One caveat, it’s not a privacy tool to make you anonymous from websites or from your internet service provider. Others have coined private browsing mode as “porn mode.”

Nevertheless, its main function is to protect users from leaving cookies, cache pages, etc. on their local computers. It’s perfect tool for people who travel and use public computers, internet cafes or someone just borrowing a friend’s computer.

To begin a private session in Firefox 3.1, all you have to do is select private browsing from the browser’s tools menu. While in private browsing mode, there will be text notification added to the top of the address bar to indicate that you are in a private browsing mode.

To close the private session mode, all you have to do is is uncheck the same item in the tools menu and it will remove all the data in your private mode session.

Thunderbird 2

Mozilla Thunderbird 2 is spiffy looking. I love the new visual theme. This email client now has tagging allowing users to classify email based on importance and or category. The new search feature starts displaying results as you type. I have Gmail and a personal email account using IMAP running on Thunderbird 2. The response seems faster with this latest release. Learn more about the latest features. Best of all, it’s free.

Firefox 2.0.0.2

If you are a Mozilla Firefox user, you may noticed an upgrade recently or if you haven’t yet, you will be getting a notice fairly soon. Firefox just recently upgraded their browser to version 2.0.0.2 to correct several security bugs. Here’s the release notes for the latest version. One thing I really appreciate about the Firefox browser is the speed and delivery of the updates which is unparalleled anywhere in the software world. Kudos to the Mozilla Firefox team for the job well done.

Linux Browsers

I just searched Google and was amazed by the number of browsers available for Linux. There are at least a couple of dozen browsers actively in development. The most popular browsers are Mozilla’s Firefox, Konqueror, Galeon and Opera. Firefox and Opera have Windows versions available for download. They are free. Gratis!

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