Alternative Web browsers & Apps

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Alternative Web browser
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Opera
    • Chromium
    • Google Chrome
  3. Web Applications
    • Google Talk
    • Google Earth
    • Skype

Introduction

the elementary OS team have developed their own version of the web browser Midori. Like all elementary OS software applications it is fast, intuitive and minimal by design. You might even be using it now to view this website. If Midori does not meet your needs for whatever reason here are some alternatives.


mozilla firefox

firefoxMozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser developed for Windows, OS X, and Linux, with a mobile version for Android, According to Mozilla, Firefox can account for over 450 million users around the world.

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow line then hit enter
sudo apt-get install firefox

opera

Opera-Mobile-Browseropera is a web browser and Internet suite that handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, chatting on IRC, downloading files via bittorrent, and reading web feeds.

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list'
sudo sh -c 'wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | apt-key add -'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install opera

chromium

2013-09-01-chromiumchromium is the open source web browser project from which google chrome draws its source code. the project’s hourly chromium snapshots appear essentially similar to the latest builds of google ghrome aside from the omission of certain google additions, most noticeable among them: google’s branding, auto-update mechanism, click-through licensing terms, usage-tracking, a built-in pdf viewer and bundling of the adobe flash player.

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow line then hit enter
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser chromium-browser-l10n

google chrome

Google_logo_and_Chrome_wordmarkgoogle chrome is a web browser developed by google that uses the webkit layout engine. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and the public stable release was on December 11, 2008. It uses its own flash plugin to play flash video/audio. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or “chrome”, of web browsers. As of June 2011, chrome was the third most widely used browser with 20.65% worldwide usage share of web browsers, according to statcounter.

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list && chmod 644 /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable


Web Applications

google talk

Google Talk is a browser plug-in that lets you voice and video chat with friends and family from your browser. Install this plug-in and log on to G mail with your web-cam and microphone attached to your computer, then initiate a chat with a friend or family member. It will try to connect to your web-cam and enable video chat

open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-talkplugin

Google-Earthgoogle earth

Google Earth allows you to travel the world through a virtual globe and view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, and much more. With Google Earth’s rich, geographical content, you are able to experience a more realistic view of the world. Note there are different commands for 32bit v 64bit elementary installations.

for 32-bit elementary OS:
open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
sudo apt-get install lsb-core
wget -c http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb
sudo apt-get -f install
for 64-bit elementary OS:
open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow lines (one at a time) then hit enter
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
sudo apt-get install lsb-core
wget -c http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get -f install

skype

skype

Skype allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional land line telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing.

Open the Terminal [CTRL]-[ALT]-[T] and paste the follow line then hit enter
sudo apt-get install skype

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