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 Exec=flock GenericName=Flock Web Browser Icon=/opt/flock/icons/mozicon128.png Name=Flock Path= StartupNotify=true Terminal=0 TerminalOptions= Type=Application X-KDE-SubstituteUID=false X-KDE-Username= Categories=Network;Application;

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!!