Sunday, November 25, 2007

Flock, the social web browser in Ubuntu with Firefox Plugins!!


Flock is a web browser based on Firefox, which besides a look sort of different, many social networks are integrated.
Today, I am going to show you the main features and how to install it in (K) Ubuntu.

First, for those Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter, etc, fans will find this browser has everything you need.

Contacts and social accounts in the sidebar:



Now, to share pics and multimedia in the web with your contacts is easier:



And you can see your contact's multimedia content in the different social networks with the multimedia topbar:



Besides, the CPU and memory footprint is lower than the Firefox itself in many cases as you can see in the following pic:



Here you got the steps I took for installin Flock in (K) Ubuntu:


We go here: http://www.flock.com/ and downoload Flock for linux.

Personally, I created a folder in my home directory: ~/ called bin, so I can install it there as local user. If you have multi-user, isntall it in /opt/ and use "sudo" for the commands.


$ cd /folder/wheree/downloaded/flock/
$ tar xzvf -C ~/bin/ *.tar.gz

We add the program to the menu (for Gnome, use sudo gedit instead of kdesu kate)
$ kdesu kate /usr/share/applications/Flock.desktop
Then paste the following:
Desktop Entry]
Comment=Flock Web Browser
Exec=~/bin/flock/flock
GenericName=Flock Web Browser
Icon=~/bin/flock/icons/mozicon128.png
Name=Flock
Path=
StartupNotify=true
Terminal=0
TerminalOptions=
Type=Application
X-KDE-SubstituteUID=false
X-KDE-Username=


And finally, activate the Firefox plugins so that you can use them from Flock, for example flash:
$ cd ~/bin/flock/plugins
$ ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/* .

That's it.

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