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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

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


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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Different ways to install Ubuntu

Ubuntu CD

Installing an Operating System like Windows is quite straight-forward. Just buy a CD with a valid license, put the CD into the system, and install the Operating System into the Hard Drive. Then you can remove the CD and start using the Operating System. Did you ever get tired of doing this ?

You can only install Windows the way it is meant to be installed. But just think, if you wanted to install Windows with custom software inbuilt, then what would you do ? Or perhaps if you just wanted to use Windows from the CD without installing it to the hard drive ? Or perhaps even install it on a pen-drive and use it on any PC ? Sounds crazy ? Sounds familiar ?

Linux distributions are well known for several things. The ease of installation is just one of them. Installing a Linux distribution is much easier than installing Windows. There are much more options while installing too. Taking Ubuntu as an example, just see the many possibilities with it.

Requirements: 1 Ubuntu CD/ISO
Download the ISO at the Ubuntu Download Page and burn it.
You may also request a free cd. See this post for details.

1. Default Installation

This method is the same as Windows. Just put the CD inside. Run the CD. Follow the instructions to install Ubuntu. Remove the CD after installation. Start using Ubuntu.

2. WUBI Installation

Install Ubuntu Inside Windows
Windows users often complain that Ubuntu is not easy to install and they’re not sure whether they want to switch to Ubuntu. Here’s the installer they need. WUBI stands for Windows-based Ubuntu Installer. This installer installs Ubuntu as a software inside Windows. After installing it, when you turn on your PC, you’ll be asked whether you want to use Windows or Ubuntu. In case you feel that Ubuntu is not the type of Operating System you need, all you need to do is go to ADD OR REMOVE PROGRAMS in Windows and uninstall Ubuntu just like you would uninstall any other software. Isn’t that simple ?
WUBI Boot Menu

3. Portable Drive (Pen Drive) Installation

Ubuntu pen drive
Do you have a hard drive with at least 2GB space ? Thats enough for storing Ubuntu. With just a pen drive, you can now carry all your favorite software, games, music, etc. All you need is a PC that supports USB booting. This means you can use the same Operating System at home as what you would use at office or at your friends house. To install ubuntu on a pen drive just follow the instructions at Pen Drive Linux. You can also follow the instructions at the official site. The advantage of this method over that of the LiveCD is that your preferences and software that you installed are saved on the pen drive.

4. Run Ubuntu without installing

Ubuntu Live CD
This method is the main reason Ubuntu CD’s are on high demand in the markets. A CD with which you can run an Operating System without actually installing it on the Hard Drive is called a LiveCD. The Ubuntu LiveCD lets you use Ubuntu without any restrictions and without eating up your hard disk space. The only disadvantage of this method is that your preferences will not be saved when you shut down. However, even people using Windows use the Ubuntu CD often to clean their PC of any viruses. Its well known that Ubuntu being virus free wont be affected by any virus their Windows PC has, and it can remove the virus without actually installing the OS on the hard drive.

5. Build a custom CD

Ubuntu by default comes with the best software. Is that fully true ? Not completely. Ubuntu does have its limitations because its free software by default. For eg. it does not play MP3’s by default. Though, if you install a media player like VLC then it would play MP3’s. Wouldn’t it be great if it had VLC by default ? Or do you need any other software in it by default ? Now, you can easily customize the Ubuntu CD with a GUI tool. Detailed instructions are given in this post. There’s even a web based client to do this, details in this post.

Clearly Windows cannot be installed inside any other OS. Neither can it be installed on a pen drive thats less than 5GB. Running it without installing is a dream. And creating a custom CD just without asking permission from Microsoft attracts a heavy fine. These are just some of the restrictions for Windows. Hopefully, some day Microsoft will try to improve this. But if you ask me, Microsoft is just getting too old and boring ūüėÄ

Old Windows vs Linux

How to Install and Run Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu/Linux

Linux is a free open source operating system which is used by thousand¬†across¬†the world. The one thing i didn’t like about linux was you weren’t able to install and run Microsoft Office (e.g word, excel, powerpoint, onenote ect..). After heavy research and try and error for many hours i have finally managed to install and run Microsoft Office on my laptop which uses Ubuntu Linux 10.04 (LTS).

Today i am going to share with you all how i managed to install and run the software! But before hand i must warn you that some of the code in this tutorial which you have to use to run Microsoft office may corrupt your computer if inputted incorrectly! We do not take any responsibility if your computer/laptop/notebook ect.. gets harmed!

Step 1:
Go to ¬†your application tab and select Ubuntu Software Centre. Then search and install “Wine¬†Microsoft¬†Windows¬†Compatibility¬†layer”. Once installed close the Ubuntu Software¬†Centre¬†by clicking the X

Step 2:
Now you have to install a plugin called “Wine Tricks”. To install this go to “Applications > Accessories ¬†> Terminal”. When the terminal appears type in the below command , then press enter on your keyboard

wget www.kegal.com/wine/winetricks

This process of installing may take a couple of minutes. So be patient!

Step 3:
You know have to active the plugin. So type in the command below wait a couple of minutes and then resume to step 4

sh winetricks msxml13 dotnet20 gdiplus riched20 riched30 vcrun2005sp1

A whole lot of text will appear which means the plugin is now running as it should.

Step 4:
We know how to edit a¬†sentence¬†of linux’s coding. Please MAKE SURE you do the following below correctly or you may corrupt your system. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

To edit the code now go back into terminal and this time type the command

gksu gedit /usr/share/applications/wine.desktop

Now a text document should appear. Now look for the code “xec=cautious-launcher %f wine start /unix” and delete it and replace it with ”¬†Exec=wine start /unix %f ” don’t include the “.

Step 5:
Now restart your computer. You can proceed without restarting, this just makes sure that changes do take affect.

Step 6:
Now you need to edit a settings. Now go to  Applications > Wine > Configure Wine

Under Windows Settings click on the arrow on the drop down menu and select “Windows XP”. Only the Windows XP settings will work! Now click apply and close the window

Step 7:
Now insert your¬†Microsoft¬†office 2007 disc, open the disc and RIGHT click “Setup.exe” and than select “Open with Wine”

Then install office 2007 like you would with windows. But when you get prompted to install windows updates say “No, Never”. This may cause ubuntu to go funny if you say yes.


Thats all you have to do now Office should work. Please keep in mind this may contain a number of bugs as Wine is still in developing stages!


How to Install New Cursor Themes in Ubuntu


I meddled with computer for 2 hours and came up with a sure SOLUTION for Installing New Cursor Themes on my Ubuntu.

Non-Compiz Users:
For non-compiz users its easy as downloading a new cursor theme and dragging and dropping it in >System>Preferences>Appearance.

Compiz Users:
I am a Compiz user and it was a great headache for me to find new ways to install a cursor theme in Ubuntu. So here are the fully simplified steps:

1. Download a nice looking cursor theme from gnomelooks.org or any other preferred website.

2. Extract the tar.gz file in the same folder.

3. Open terminal and become root by executing sudo su. Sudo is because you need root privileges to write something outside your home directory.

4. Now execute this command:
sudo cp -R ~/Desktop/Aqua /usr/share/icons/

~ Stands to be a shortcut to your home direcory. You can use it as it is.

cp is the “Copy” command

-R is the “recursive” option which means “copy the folder and it’s content”.

/Desktop/Aqua being your extracted folder path

/usr/share/icons/ is your destination folder path*DO NOT MODIFY THIS*

5. After copying check in the directory /usr/share/icons if your folder has been successfully copied. After that proceed to Step 6. If not, check to see if you have made any mistake in Step 4.

6. Now you need to edit the /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme file. Press ALT + F2 and enter:

gksu gedit /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme

Here, I suggest you don’t delete the “Inherits=DMZ-White” line, but comment it (add a “#” in front of this line) so you can easily revert the changes later on if you want.

7. And under this line, add an identical line given below (but without commenting it) with the exact name of the mouse cursor theme you got in Step 2.


So basically after editing, your /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme file should look like this (but obviously, replace “Aqua” with the mouse theme folder name you want to use from Step 2.

[Icon Theme]

8. Now either log out and log back in or restart Compiz by pressing Alt + F2 and entering:

compiz –replace

9. Thats it. Now enjoy your new cursor theme. If there was some problem encountered please feel free to comment on the BLOG.
Have fun! ūüôā


Why an Ubuntu Tablet will sell

       Recent times have shown what a tablet pc can do. Apple revolutionized the tablet technology. No matter what the critics,you or me say, the fact and numbers show what they have achieved. 1 million I-pad and there is no stopping them.

Ubuntu For Humans

       Now that the digital industry has seen the market for tablet PC , every company wants to get a share of the market. Hp, I heard, is working on a web-OS version that uses cloud computing to deliver quality services.Nokia has announced that it too is working on a revolutionary tablet. Revolutionary or not they have announced their presence. For all these product there is few critical area that daunts its credibility.

  1. Battery life
  2. Connectivity
  3. Computing power
  4. Apps
  5. looks

Considering these 5 points which i beckon most would agree requires an excellently designed hardware and an OS that can handle the hardware profusely well and this is where an Open Source OS is needed.


There are many tablet OS ‘s like Android and Chrome Os both from Google.Ubuntu has also announced the the release of a tablet version of OS that will be launched by end of 2010.

Why i think Ubuntu might capture the era of tab’s

Open Source Community Support

    Ubuntu’s community is huge with thousands of developers ready to help you to customize Ubuntu.If you want to install Ubuntu for your phone and if Ubuntu is capable of doing so, the community will help you.There is extensive documentation for Ubuntu.

Extensive driver support

    When i installed lucid lynx Ubuntu9.10 i was amazed at the driver support thats available . If there is driver you need they’ve got it. I’m sure anyone who used Ubuntu would know that.

Visual Appeal

    The Tablet version is rumored to have multi-touch capabilities with a new dashboard design that allows you to create a widget based dashboard . Which is very interesting actually . One can put a box of his/her favorite website and get live feeds . Nice.

App Store

     An App store with unlimited free Softwares to make life simpler . No more App Store where i need to pay per click.I personally hope they get a better E-book Management Tool.Since object C code can be run on Ubuntu i presume there will be ability to port Ipad apps to Ubuntu. And since Android is also based on Linux architecture i guess one can port that too to Ubuntu .Humanity for Humans is here Guys.

Its Free

     Its free what more does one need .

10 Awesome Features of Ubuntu 10.04. LTS Release on April 29


Hi, all techies out there! ¬†This is an announcement for you all who are crazy about the new and stable OS’es and of course our Ubuntu OS fans. Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support (LTS) codenamed “Lucid Lynx” is about to be released on April 29, 2010. Ubuntu 9.10 codenamed “Karmic Koala” which was released on October 29, 2009 was a huge success.

As we all know, Ubuntu is an Operating System built by a worldwide team of Expert Developers and the best about it is “OPEN SOURCE” i.e. it can be modified, redistributed and passed along your friends and the OS is totally free of cost.

The new features of Ubuntu 10.04 are:

1. This is Ubuntu’s third LTS release after 8.04, the last LTS release. LTS means free security updates and this release guarantees five years free updates for Servers and ¬†three years for Desktops.

2. Better Artwork than 9.10, like better visual effects for the default desktop.

3. Ubuntu 10.04 target boot speed is 10 seconds. Speed is UBUNTU. Thus even a slow CPU is adjusted by Ubuntu. Fast installation too. The minimum time is 20 minutes for complete OS installation.

4. Amazing Boot Experience. A graphical OS selector is implemented for switching between two or more OS’es. A fully revamped Bootscreen which also allows option of installing new updates on shutdown.

5. Ubuntu Software Center. With a simple design it can be used to install and remove software packages and to add repositories for finding, installing and managing new application. In this version we will find an upgraded version of Synaptic, Gdebi and the Update Manager.

6. A new GNOME Desktop environment with a number of great new features.

7. Enhanced applications of Mozilla Firefox, Linux Kernel, KDE, HAL removal for faster bootup.

8. Improved support for nVidia proprietary graphics drivers.

9. Ubuntu’s “CLOUD COMPUTING”. UEC are now automatically discovered and registered.

10. Ubuntu One cloud Storage  for backup and easy sync.

Download New Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx
Install Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 (64bit) in Virtualbox

I dont have to say anything but that, Ubuntu is all about insane boot interfaces, best for networking and purely exhilarating graphic designs. it is an OS for the true geeks of our world.



Get Ubuntu delivered to your home for FREE


You must have encountered many people using the popular Open Source Operating System (OS).

It is free to download but do you know that you can get the latest ubuntu delivered to your doorstep without paying absolutely nothing.

To order Ubuntu for free Visit : http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu

Browse through the page to request CD’s Or DVD’s.

In the next page in the end of the page select “Request A Free CD”.

Now choose the edition of the ubuntu you want.

Login through or make a new account (free).

Fill in your details.

And confirm the order.

The Cd or Cd’s will be delivered to you home depending on the locality.

I got mine in 2 weeks.