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December 10, 2009

Trying Chromium

Filed under: Browsers, Open Source — Tags: — tuxicity @ 3:43 am
It has been a a while since i did some blogging here, but since I am having a look at Cromium for Linux, I thought it would be a good idea to make some notes.
Chromium can be enhanced with extensions and themes. I changed my theme to Earthy and added 2 extensions, one for the weather and one for blocking ads.
The theme I chose matched nicely with my Ubuntu theme. (I use ArchLinux) A nice feature in the settings it that you are able to hide the system bar, and use gtk+ theme.
There is no clutter in Chromium, the tabs look smooth, and its a pleasant browser to work with.
If you want to browse anonymously you can simply open an “incognito window”.
It hardly uses any resources, even with the 9 tabs I have opened opened.
I like Chromium, it might become my default browser.

October 24, 2007

Howto : Make Flash Player 9 work in full screen mode

Filed under: Browsers, Distributions, firefox, linux, Mozilla, Netscape, opera, Tuxicity — tuxicity @ 1:14 pm

To get Flash Player 9 to work in full screen mod mode you need Flash, build , a prerelease of the next version of Flash

On most distros the Stable version of Flash: is available

To get the prerelease of Flash you need to go to adobe.labs.com
The release notes of this prerelease version can be read here
And as you can read there in the fixed Issues :

In full-screen mode on Linux, playing odd-width movies (with screen widths not divisible by 16) may cause a crash.

Is fixed 🙂
It basically means ‘full screen Flash works now in Linux’ yaaay!!

Rpm based distros are lucky, they can upgrade with download Plugin for Linux x86 (RPM, 2.88 MB)
Other distros need to uninstall their original plugin and Download Plugin for Linux x86 (TAR.GZ, 2.88 MB)

Extract the TAR.GZ (usually a rightclick and a extract here will do) , then continue on your terminal:

cd /path/to/install_flash_player_9_linux/

If you use firefox or mozilla run the installer:


It will ask some questions and install flash locally
You can also run it as root (sudo) if you wish, but usually this is not needed.
You can also copy the plugin into the pluginfolder of your preferred browser:
as root (sudo)

cp libflashplayer.so /path/to/your/preferred/browser/plugins/

If all this sounds alien/confusing to you, just be patient for your next update of flash in your distro, which will probably solve the full screen issue.


Resources: labs.adobe.com , labs.abobe.com releasenotes

October 22, 2007

Howto : Install the Flock Browser on (K,X)Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

Filed under: Browsers, Kubuntu, Tuxicity, Ubuntu, xubuntu — tuxicity @ 4:31 pm

“Flock is an amazing new web browser that makes it easier to share media and connect to other people online. Share photos, automatically stay up-to-date with new content from your favorite sites, and search the Web with the most advanced Search Toolbar available today.”

Well, this is not my text, but a quote from getdeb.net, where you can download The Flock browser for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.

Installing it is very easy in Gutsy Gibbon: If you have a Java and flash installed in Firefox its very much a no brainer.

Simply get the package from Getdeb.net and let gdebi install it or download it and install it with sudo dpkg -i <package>

After install, Java, Flash, and al the other plugins of Firefox need to be set up in Flock with symlinking the plugin folder of Firefox (Mozilla) to the pluginfolder of Flock:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* /usr/share/flock/plugins/

Thats it, should work about the same in other versions of Ubuntu, just make sure to use a .deb matching your release.


Resources: Flock homepage and Getdeb.net.

October 18, 2007

Howto: Install the latest Opera Browser on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

Filed under: Browsers, opera, Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 12:57 pm

Opera 9.24 came out recently and here are the install procedures for Ubuntu 7.10 ( Gutsy Gibbon).

First go to the download area for the .deb package.

Same package is now also available in the “partner repository” (Thanks Kevin). The static version however, for Gnome and XFCE4 users who want no KDE components, a manual download, as described below, is still needed

KDE users can safely go tho the Shared folder to download the opera_9.24-20071015.5-shared-qt_en_i386.deb package.

Gnome and XFCE4 users, should get opera-static_9.24-20071015.1-qt_en_i386.deb. in the Static folder

Click the download link and let Gdebi install the package.

Opera is installed now and assuming you have ubuntu-restricted-extras (and/or kubuntu-restricted-extras, xubuntu-restricted-extras) , Opera works with flash automagically.

All there is left to do is to set up Java, here is how:

Open the Opera Browser, Select tools, then Preferences, in Preferences select the Advanced tab, in advanced select “content”.


Now Flag “Enable Java” and click the Java options button, a pop-up appears asking for Java path:


the correct path would be in this case: /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun- Click validate Java path to check if it is being detected.

Thats it , Java should be fully functional now, Opera is ready for usage.


about ubuntu-restricted-extras:
This package depends on some commonly used packages in the Ubuntu multiverse repository.
Installing this package will pull in support for MP3 playback and decoding,
support for various other audio formats (gstreamer plugins), Microsoft fonts,
Java runtime environment, Flash plugin, LAME (to create compressed audio files),
and DVD playback.

August 4, 2007

Firefox and Adblock

Filed under: Browsers, firefox — tuxicity @ 6:43 am

This morning I got on a Dutch News-site loaded with ads.

It made it impossible to read the page properly without having to click away pop-up adds and what not.

So i decided to have a look at the addon site of Firefox and did a search for ad block.

I installed 2 addons : Adblock Plus and Adblock Filterset.G Updater.

Now i can browse ad-infested sites peacefully.


June 6, 2007

Howto install Netscape Navigator 9 beta 1 on the average Linuxbox

Filed under: Browsers, firefox, linux, Netscape, Tuxicity — tuxicity @ 10:16 am

After reading “Netscape releases Netscape Navigator 9 beta 1” I decided to install and try NN 9 for a bit.

Here is how NN 9 can be installed on the the average Linux distro.

  • Extract the downloaded package (Right click netscape-navigator-9.0b1.tar.gz and select extract here).

Now open your console and become root (su or sudo -i) and go to ‘not into!’ the folder where the extracted folder resides.

mv navigator/ /usr/local/
ln -s /usr/local/navigator/navigator /usr/local/bin/navigator

The browser is now set up, on to setting up the plugins for NN 9, compatable with Firefox which usually reside in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins :

ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* /usr/local/navigator/plugins/

  • Leave root mode with the exit command, done setting up NN 9

Now there is one more thing to do and that is setting NN 9 up in Gnome with alacarte and/or in KDE with the menu editor (kmenuedit)

Properties are for setting it up :

Description = whatever you want
Executable= navigator
Icon for NN 9 is located here: /usr/local/navigator/icons/mozicon50.xpm

To remove NN 9, as root:

rm -rf /usr/local/navigator ; rm /usr/local/bin/navigator

As non-root user remove it from alacarte and/or kmenuedit

Have fun,

May 14, 2007

Flock, “The social web browser” on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn… No working flash ?

Filed under: Browsers, Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 9:59 am

In Getdeb.net , Flock is available now as a nice Debian package for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn.

So I downloaded Flock with Firefox and let Gdebi handle the installation, which went flawless.

Flock installed itself into /usr/share/ (strange choice but hey) and I decided to link the contents of the mozilla plugins to the flock plugins.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* /usr/share/flock/plugins/

All done and set to go but….. Flash did not work

Flock tells me in the statusbar: The plugin initialization failed. Reload the page to try again.

So after removing the Flock-Package ‘sudo apt-get remove flock’ I decided to try a manual install:

Downloaded Flock with Firefox from the Flock downloadpage.
Extracted the package using Nautilus.
Moved the Extracted folder to /usr/local/

sudo mv flock/ /usr/local/

then made a symlink of the executable of Flock to /usr/local bin/ to make flock execute without having to key in the path:

sudo ln -s /usr/local/flock/flock /usr/local/bin/flock

and symlinked the plugins of Mozilla into the pluginfolder of Flock.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* /usr/local/flock/plugins/

Now I fired up Flock (keyed in flock in my terminal) and everything went fine
but…Still no working flash!

So if anyone knows how to get flash going, (Java and all works fine) let me know; I want to finish this scribble properly.


April 10, 2007

Swiftfox – the perverting of an open source browser

Filed under: Browsers, firefox, FOSS — tuxicity @ 2:14 pm

Swiftfox is a Firefox-based browser, but there is one big difference between it and Firefox — you can’t share Swiftfox with a friend or place it in a repository of a Linux distribution because the Swiftfox license prohibits repackaging and redistribution.

Read the rest here (Linux.com)

January 11, 2007

Mozilla Takes Aim at Opera Security (and Opera’s Reply)

Filed under: Browsers, Mozilla, opera — tuxicity @ 8:31 am

Opera Software may well be putting its browser users at risk by not properly disclosing security vulnerabilities to vulnerable users.

At least that’s the allegation made by Mozilla Corp.’s Asa Dotzler. According to the security research firm that discovered the recent Opera vulnerabilities, Opera’s security disclosure practices are no better (or worse) than most vendors’.

Dotzler alleges that Opera downplays the severity of its security announcements, which come weeks after a new product release.

“Now, let me make this clear up front. I am not claiming that they should be releasing the explicit details of their fixes or specific information about how to exploit the unfixed versions of the browser,” Dotzler blogged.

“But not telling the user that an update is a critical security update and that the unfixed versions of the browser are vulnerable to remote attack is just wrong.”

Opera software did not respond to requests for comment from internetnews.com by press time.

A pair of highly critical vulnerabilities was recently made public by Opera. Both of the vulnerabilities were reported to Opera by Verisign’s iDefense security division. The vulnerabilities affect version 9.02 of Opera and could potentially have led to the execution of arbitrary code if exploited.

Version 9.10 of Opera, which was released late in 2006, fixes the issues. The official changelog for Opera 9.10 does not make explicit mention of the security fixes for the iDefense-discovered flaws, nor is there an indication that users should move to 9.10 to fix the security flaws.

Mozilla’s Dotzler argues that even Microsoft does a better job of revealing to its users that a flaw existing in a previous version of an application and that an upgrade for security reasons is necessary. Dotzler had some very strong words for Opera about its apparent lack of disclosure.

“This is an unacceptable practice for any company that makes Internet-connected software — and when it comes to browser makers, it’s hard to call it anything other than negligence,” Dotzler wrote.

Despite the harsh words, Opera’s actions may well be the norm rather than the exception.

“I believe Opera do try to downplay (and possibly hide the problems) in some cases, just as MOST vendors do,” Frederick Doyle, senior intelligence analyst at VeriSign-iDefense, told internetnews.com. “For example, they have attributed some vulnerabilities we have reported as ‘stability issues.'”

Opera didn’t exactly drag its feet in response to iDefense’s discovery either. According to iDefenses’s Opera advisory, initial notification of the security vulnerabilities was made to Opera on Nov. 16, 2006. Opera responded the next day, and a coordinated public disclosure occurred on Jan. 5, 2007.

“I would say they are slightly better than average, as they do fix vulnerabilities in a somewhat timely manner,” Doyle said. “Although we had some issues with getting them to address things a while back, they seem to have gotten better with our recent reports to them.”

Original from internetnews.com.

Opera’s Reply (Thanks Damian)

December 21, 2006

Why Webbrowser statistics lie and just don’t say anything

Filed under: Browsers, firefox, internet explorer, Mozilla, opera — tuxicity @ 10:35 am

Recent webserver statistics say that Microsoft’s webbrowser has a portion of more than 90% of all browser used in the word wide web. They want to make one believe that even Netscape is no longer relevant at all. Well, most people I know do not use MSIE but Mozilla, Netscape or other alternative browsers, even the majority of people that use Windows I know don’t use MSIE.

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