Install Flock in (K)ubuntu

Please note that a version 2 beta of Flock is available as of the date of this posting.  This beta version is based on FF3!

Flock is not yet packaged for any Linux distribution (with the notable exception of Ultima Linux).

This guide should work for most distributions of Linux per the Flock website….see my last paragraph for a quicker/better way to install IMO:

Before you install Flock on Linux, please note:

* The Flock binaries are only for GNU/Linux on x86
* libstdc++5 is required

Installing Flock on Linux is relatively easy. First, download the latest version of Flock and save it to your home folder.

Open up a terminal window and enter the following:

tar -C /home/yourusername -xzvf flock-*.linux-i686.tar.gz

Make sure you change the actual filename to match the version you have downloaded. This command extracts the contents of the package to your home folder

Now that you have done that, we need a desktop entry:

gedit /home/yourusername/Flock.desktop

You can use your preferred text editor, gedit is being used simply for example.

Enter the following in to the new file:

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Flock
Comment=Flock Web Browser
Exec=”/home/yourusername/flock/flock”
GenericName=Flock Web Browser
Icon=/home/yourusername/flock/icons/mozicon128.png
Path=$HOME/flock
StartupNotify=true
Terminal=false
TerminalOptions=
Type=Application
X-KDE-SubstituteUID=false
X-KDE-Username=
Categories=Network;Application;
GenericName[en_US]=Flock Web Browser

This creates a desktop shortcut to run Flock in your home folder. Feel free to drag it on to your panel or desktop to make it more convenient to access.

I didn’t install it per above, but rather in Ubuntu just did a “sudo file-roller” in terminal and extracted it to /etc/.  I then added a menu item pointing to flock-browser in /etc/flock/ and added a nice custom flock icon. Superb browser…runs FF3 Extensions (most) for those that arent’ aware. IMO, the best browser we have for Linux.

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