Yup, 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
sudowith 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
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
And ta-da. Now, you can add an entry into the gnome-button list by just adding the launcher =)! Woozzaah!!
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You may want to check out http://wiki.flock.com/index.php/Installing_Flock_on_Ubuntu for our (far) better tutorial (than the FAQ entry) on installing on Linux.
@ 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 =)
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?
@ 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.
so you think Ubuntu is the one which i should try? is there a version you recommend?
Vanilla ubuntu Feisty Fawn!!
or go here http://www.getdeb.net/app.php?name=Flock, download the latest .deb and inst all that.