Flock 0.9.0 installation for Linux

Flock LogoYup, Flock 0.9.0 is released! Yup, even for Linux. I admire the people @ Flock for releasing a browser in all 3 platforms with all functionalities present in all 3 flavors. [Yes Firefox, you are still waaaayy up there. We are not comparing both of you. Flock is nothing but a son of yours…]

Before we start:

  • I used Ubuntu Feisty while installation.
  • The same should work on all Ubuntu installations
  • The same should work also on all other Linux distributions. [Users remember to replace sudo with the corresponding root user rights command / run as root =)

So getting down and dirty – Flock itself gives a brief [an exaggeration] of how to install on Linux running machines. But, I found that hardly usable, especially for migrators[I don’t think such a word exists – so I call it]. So here’re the instructions for running Flock on Linux =)

Download the installer of Flock for Linux – here

Note: Download it to a folder you would remember to navigate to via the command line!

Untar [Extract] the Flock Installer

Go to the command line and type the following command

sudo tar -C /opt -zxvf flock-*.linux-i686.tar.gz

Test your Flock

Now just to make sure that Flock has extracted properly – type this in your command line [Note: This will present you with the option to import your settings from Firefox as well]


Create a link

A link is a more powerful shortcut, which the user can place so that the program can be accessed without having to type the previous command all the time =)!

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

Now that would create a link for Flock in the /usr/bin folder, which contains more programs, which can be used!

Create an Application Menu Entry

Note: This is specific to Gnome!

Type this in your terminal

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/Flock.desktop

and paste the next lines into the Edit window, which pops up
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Flock Web Browser
GenericName=Flock Web Browser

Refresh the Gnome-Panel!

To see the entry you just made, you need to type this into the terminal

killall gnome-panel

And ta-da. Now, you can add an entry into the gnome-button list by just adding the launcher =)! Woozzaah!!

8 thoughts on “Flock 0.9.0 installation for Linux

  1. @ All n Daniel: That’s definitely better than the one @ Flock FAQ. My bad that I didn’t bother to check. However, a link from the FAQ would be awesome =)

  2. I’ve been using the Flock 0.9 for two days now. and it ROCKS! and since i am a linux-phobe, i will refrain from commenting further.

    if i were to switch over to Linux, what would u suggest guru? i have openSUSE 10.2 with me right now. been hearing a load of good things about the start menu and the YAST. any thoughts?

  3. @ Joe: Yeah even I have heard quite a few good things about openSUSE10.2! Well I have tried Mandrake, Red Hat, Fedora, and now Ubuntu. I would say that I am most satisfied with my Ubuntu experience.

    The installation is a piece of cake.

    Most of the stuff is already present and Synaptic package manager is awesome. Of course I still think yum [with Fedora] was awesome as a package manager as well.

    However the most impressive thing about ubuntu Feisty Fawn – was that most of the stuff really did work outta the box. =D!! SO, yeah defi Ubuntu if you are looking at a easy Linux experience.

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