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Firefox 11.0 for Ubuntu is here

How To: Install Firefox 11.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 in just 3 Steps

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Since the latest release of Firefox 11.0 for Canonical platforms, everybody is excited to test ride this new browser on Ubuntu 11.10 Natty Narwhal.

In brief, just let me tell you what new features you will find in this version of Firefox 11.0:

  • Add-on compatibility has now been significantly improved
  • Anti-Aliasing for WebGL Library is now functional, thereby further increasing your Graphics Display quality on your browser
  • CSS 3D Transforms are now supported which means better CSS rendering of objects
  • Many minor bug fixes

INSTALLATION:

Step 1: Enter the keyboard combo Ctrl+Alt+T to bring up the Terminal on your Dashboard. Type the following command,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next 

and hit Enter. The above command will download the official Firefox repositories to your system.

Repositories are nothing but PPA (Personal Package Archive) maintained by any package developer. In this case, Firefox being a developer has its own package files uploaded to its repository. As and when it makes changes, those files will be then be downloaded to your system. Ain’t it neat?

Installing Firefox 11.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 - Terminal 1

Step 2: Now type the below command, to install the repositories.

sudo apt-get update

The above command will update all your package list index. The changes you earlier performed by downloading the Firefox repositories, those changes will now be applied in your local index files.

Installing Firefox 11.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 - Terminal 2

Step 3: Finally type the last command to update your Firefox version so that you can begin using the new Firefox 11.0.

sudo apt-get install firefox

This will upgrade your old version of Firefox to the latest one. To apply the changes please restart your Firefox browser and Voila, Firefox 11.0.

Installing Firefox 11.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 - About box

To verify if your Firefox version is up to date. In the toolbar, click on Help and then click on About. Now you can see your Firefox version displayed in the dialog box.

The next time Firefox releases a newer version, there is no need for you to follow these steps again, the update will be performed automatically as you have already setup the necessary repositories in Step 1.

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Firefox 7 beta released

Firefox 7 goes into Beta! Promises 50% less memory usage

Mozilla released Firefox 6 just 2 days ago and pushed its Firefox 7 from Aurora build to the Beta phase on the same day. Firefox 7 Beta is now available from download from Mozilla’s update channel.

Firefox 7 goes from aurora to beta

Key improvements in Firefox 7 is its minimal memory usage. As we all know, Firefox 6 hogs down your memory considerably. I myself have tested it out by opening multiple tabs on Firefox and checking the memory consumption rate. When it takes 1,00,000K amount of memory for just 2 tabs, you can predict at what pace the memory rate will jump when 3 or more tabs are open.

This is why Mozilla team is introducing the MemShrink project with the release of Firefox 7. A project solely concentrated to clean out the memory leaks and crashes seen in the Firefox browsers. Mozilla team is claiming that it is getting successful results.

Developer of Mozilla, Nicholas Nethercote quoted on his blog,

“Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less. In particular, Firefox 7′s memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs.”

Other great features to be expected in Firefox 7 are:

  • Azure Direct2D for Canvas which renders canvas based animations in HTML5 smoothly.
  • Improved Javascript Garbage collector.
  • Firefox Sync is faster now which means all your passwords and bookmarks will be synchronized instantly.
  • New add-on to be introduced called as Telemetry which allows users to send performance data to Firefox developers.

Firefox 7 is destined to be released this September 27. But for other anxious people who can’t wait, here is the Beta download link.

Firefox 7 beta in review

I think Firefox 7 will be a good news for everybody and since Mozilla has introduced this rapid updates we will be seeing a new version of Firefox released every 6 weeks. I am very excited for its release. Are you?

Place your thoughts by a comment and we will get back to you right away!

firefox-5-available-for-download

Firefox 5 released: Overview of Pros and Cons

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Firefox 5 stable version has just been released yesterday. Here is a overview of what new features you will be seeing in this new browser.

firefox-5-released

For starters, after you download and install the browser, you will notice no major change has been done to the interface. It still carries the good old Firefox 4 look. Now lets jot down the pros and cons and you yourself decide whether you really want to upgrade to 5 or not!

PROS:

  • Do-Not-Track feature is taken care of and is easily accessible via the preferences section allowing a greater deal of control over cookie storage.
  • Browsing the web is a lot faster compared to the previous version. According to a test conducted at PCW, Firefox 5 even beat Chrome  and Opera in terms of both speed and efficiency. Firefox 5 continued to work smoothly even with 25 websites opened.
  • Firefox 5 has fixed many major bugs like HTTP idle connection bug. It has also added extra level of security to its Web-based Graphic Library. Improved support for HTML5, Javascript and CSS animations. Additional support of the new iPv6 protocol.

CONS:

  • No major change in its interface. Carries the same GUI as seen in its predecessor.
  • Add-on incompatibility. Many add-ons are  not supported in Firefox 5. I myself checked out that the Google Toolbar extension had been automatically disabled because of incompatibilty.
  • Hogs a large amount of memory in a Linux environment resulting in a slow and draggy performance. I have tested the new Firefox 5 stable build on Ubuntu only to find out thats it still hangs off on me.

VERDICT:

I give Firefox 5  an OK for a upgrade. Yes there are a few minor bugs, but i think the Pros section holds a stronger stand than the Cons. Firefox 5 also features a new Add-on SDK kit which will prove a lot helpful for the add-on developers.

firefox-5-addon-development-kit

Also Mozilla is claiming Firefox 5 to be the first browser to debut the Rapid release cycle giving out many browser updates  over the year.

Download Mozilla Firefox 5.0 for Windows!

Drop a comment if you found this review helpful. Also tell us what you thought of this new version of Firefox, is it good enough?
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Alexa for your Favorite Browser

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Since the foundation of Alexa was laid in 1996, It has been a major factor on which the popularity of a website depends upon. According to Alexa:

In addition to the Alexa Crawl, which can tell us what is on the Web, Alexa utilizes web usage information, which tells us what is being seen on the web. This information comes from the community of Alexa Toolbar users. Each member of the community, in addition to getting a useful tool, is giving back. Simply by using the toolbar each member contributes valuable information about the web, how it is used, what is important and what is not. This information is returned to the community with improved Related Links, Traffic Rankings and more. The Alexa toolbar is a program written by Alexa Internet that users install into the browser. Every time the user changes pages, the Alexa toolbar communicates with Alexa servers to retrieve information which is then displayed in the toolbar.

Today, three most popular browsers across the web are, undoubtedly: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. That’s why Alexa offers an extension/toolbar to only these three Browsers.

Alexa for Internet Explorer

Alexa for Internet Explorer

Alexa for Internet Explorer

Link: Alexa Toolbar for Internet Explorer

Alexa for Mozilla Firefox

Alexa for Firefox

Alexa Toolbar/Status-bar for Firefox

Link: Alexa for Mozilla Firefox

Alexa for Google Chrome

Alexa for Google chrome

Alexa extension for Google Chrome

Link: Alexa for Google chrome

Bonus: Alexa for Opera [Not Official]

Haven’t you yet submitted your site to Alexa? Do it now!

By the way, We are on Alexa Rank 61K and hope to hit the 50K mark very soon!
We’d love to hear from you. :-)

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Download ‘HTTPS Everywhere’ Firefox Extension and Encrypt Everything

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The Tor Project and Electronic Frontier Foundation(FCC) brings a Firefox Extension Called “HTTPS Everywhere” which encrypts your communication with Major Websites..

At Present, Though Many of The Sites support Encryption over https the effect is Limited as almost all of the Websites have made Unencrypted http as default.

This Firefox Extension “HTTPS Everywhere” makes Everything https for the supported Websites.. That means it rewrites the requests and makes sure that https is default.

Download / Get “https Everywhere” Extension for Firefox here

Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, and Identi.ca are few of the Sites which supports https everywhere. The extension forces your connection to HTTPS every time you try to access one of those sites

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Download Firefox 4.0 for Windows/Linux/MAC

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Firefox 4.0 has changed a lot of thing’s like:-In the Firefox 4 nightly builds, and in Firefox 4 Beta 1, they have changed the default tab position so that tabs are on top. This is a preference that users can change by right clicking on any of their toolbars. Moving the default tab position is obviously a significant and to some extent controversial change to the Firefox UI, which are really difficult to handle, for example have a look on the image below you can clearly see , the tabs cant be seen clearly, as per the firefox 4.0 has fixed this problem, as u can see in the image below:-

Now you can see,that the tabs are moved to the top and are easy to be used ,I have to say it looks more attractive too . Recently modern browsers have been transitioning by placing tabs on top, and that decision isn’t arbitrary, it isn’t about fashion. The change to placing tabs on top isn’t about one browser versus another browser, it’s about the evolution of the Web as a platform. Now in the image below you can see the rest changes in firefox 4.0firefox 4.0well it looks cool and in this post i will give u the link to download

The Mozilla Developer Preview 3.7 Alpha 5 (code name for firefox 4.0) is available for download here.

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HTTPS Everywhere – Firefox add-on

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Tor Project have teamed up to offer a Firefox add-on that brings Https to even partial ssl enabled sites

Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site.Like the way google does.

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The plugin currently works for:

    Google Search
    Wikipedia
    Twitter
    Facebook
    The New York Times
    The Washington Post
    Paypal
    EFF
    Tor
    Ixquick

you can download the plugin from here

HTTPS Everywhere uses small ruleset files to define which domains are redirected to https. The documentation can be accessed from here

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Gmail gets an ERROR!

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Last time when did you see Google Mail down or an error in it? Don’t remember nah? Even I don’t! Gmail was in beta mode for quite a long time and even longer than it’s parent company Google. Gmail never gave any error in beta too, Google always tried to keep the users happy unlike the Yahoo! Mail who discontinued many their services and later on even filled the Mail pages with silly Adverts, which was also a point for them to lose users and force them to move on.

Well, coming to point.. Last night I came across an error in G Mail, which may irritate the users and force them to move on as the Yahoo! Did by filling silly adverts. First I thought that there’s some problem in Google, but it wasn’t though the problem is in their server only.

Image:

Gmail Error

Gmail Error

What is the problem?

I didn’t understand the main problem behind it, perhaps the error is coming because when we log out of our Account it gets redirect to Google accounts (google.com/accounts) from Google Mail (mail.google.com, google.com/mail or gmail.com) is not getting redirected properly. I tried what’s my Firefox is saying, but believe me it won’t work.

Solution:

STOP using Gmail till Google fixes it. :P

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Firefox Cup Add-on [Personas] to Cheer your Favorite Football Team

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Hey You all Football Fans, Celebrate the World Sports Biggest Event “FIFA World Cup 2010″ with your Favorite Teams Personas on your Favorite Web Browser Mozilla Firefox!!

Mozilla Firefox is Now “ROCK”ing with a New add-on called “Firefox Cup” which allows you to make your Favorite team as a persona in Firefox…

You Can Choose between 32 different Personas for 32 different football teams playing in this FIFA 2010 World Cup!! You Can Test the theme by hovering on options before you apply… Here is a Sample

Personas show your passion as your team plays for glory.

Link for FireFox Add-on “Firefox Cup”

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Make your own portable software that runs from a pen drive without installation

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Pen Drive

Software developing has advanced dramatically. Today, almost anyone, ranging from a high tech IT expert all the way down to a high school kid, are software developers. They need not be the creator of a software who has done a lot of coding, but instead, some software developers are just people who modify open source software and release them.

You too can make your own software !!This software which you make can be portable and simple.

Here’s a simple trick to make any software portable:

Requirements:

  • Winrar – Archive Manager
  • Your software – Open Source is better
  • Some free time and some interest

1. Download the Software

For this tutorial I’ll prefer using FastStone Screen Capture. You can download the 30 day free trial to try it out yourself.

Just go to the FastStone site and visit the download page.

You get the option of downloading either the setup or the portable version directly. This gives you the flexibility of making your software. To begin with, just download the portable version.

2. Extract the file you download (OR JUST RUN THE SETUP)

Since I’m first trying it with the Portable .zip version I downloaded, you can do the same.

3. Put all the files into an archive

After extracting the file you download, you’ll find a lot of files. But the file which you need to run is FSCapture.exe and the remaining files are required, but they just make it look more ugly.

So lets try to make 1 file which runs this portable app. For this, just select all the files in the folder, and right click, if you have Winrar installed then you should get the option Add to archive. Select that option.

4. Make your archive self-extracting .exe format

In the new pop up you find, select Create SFX ARCHIVE. This should make your compressed archive as .exe format.

You may want to keep the name of the archive as FSCapture-Portable.exe

Then head on to the advanced tab and see the SFX OPTIONS. In RUN AFTER EXTRACTION just put the exact name of the file you want to run. In this case, we need to run the file FSCapture with an extension .exe

The exact name of the file will be FSCapture.exe

In the MODES tab, just select UNPACK TO TEMPORARY FOLDER and in Silent Mode select HIDE ALL.

You can also make your own license to this. For that just see the license tab. You can fill in the details and the user will be prompted to accept the license if he/she wishes to continue.

Under the text and icon tab you can choose your icon if you want any. Else the default winrar icon will be used.

5. After putting the files in the .exe archive just run the executable file you created

Now you should notice a new file called FSCapture-Portable.exe in the folder you was working on. That is the only file you need. Copy(or cut) paste that file into the desktop and run the file. In a few moments it should run your software.

But what if you don’t find a portable version download ????

Simple, install the software and just check your program files directory in C: drive. It’ll usually be C:\Program Files

Since I’ve already installed FastStone I just need to go to C:\Program Files\FastStone Capture

I just consider that the portable files are in that folder. I do the same procedure, just select all files in the folder and compress it into a .exe file with Winrar giving the same commands.

That’s all !!

Want to try this with other software ?? Sure, almost any and every software will work.

Can Firefox also be made portable ? Lets see:

Portable Firefox

If you have Firefox installed then go to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox

Select all the files there and add it to .exe archive in Winrar. Remember to follow the same procedure I did for Faststone. The only difference is here you need to run firefox.exe instead of FSCapture.exe

That should make Firefox into 1 portable file !!

You can repeat this for any software, though not all software will work this way. But I’ve managed to do it to several software. I now have my own Portable Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, Counter Strike, NFS Carbon, etc. All these as portable files.

Why should I do this anyway ?? Whats the purpose of all this when I can just install the software ?

Just try it out. Make your own portable games and portable browser. Put the portable version which you made in your pen drive. Then, take the pen drive with you to a cyber cafe and try it out there. It should work just fine. Now you dont need to worry which games or which browser is going to be there in a cyber cafe. You can use your own portable version :D

If you want portable software in your pen drive ready-made for you, then you can check out PortableApps.com. They have many awesome portable software which will run only if you install their software first.

Try it out yourself and give us your comments……

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