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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Installing Firefox on Kubuntu 6.06

I installed Kubuntu 6.06 today after receiving my free CD's from Shipit. The installation went pretty smoothly though I did notice that as opposed to previous release this time around one had to start Kubuntu to Install there was no option at the boot screen to only start installer.After installing when i tried browsing the internet , i was surprised that mature distribution like Kubuntu did not have Firefox preinstalled it came as shock to me as i never expected this,even though Konqueror is a nice browser but still it dosen't have all the features or is as mature as Firefox.

Also MP3 support was missing as was for someother popular formats used on Windows, however i did expect this as these are proprietary formats but firefox was something which is free and could have easily been included. So i decided to write an article explaining Linux Newbies how to install these and make ubuntu a better Linux Desktop replacement.

Setting some default " root " password for Kubuntu : -
At the Console type

Adding more sites to Kubuntu's Repositories : -

sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup

Making backup of existing Repositories incase something goes wrong.

sudo kwrite /etc/apt/sources.list

Making Actual changes to repositories.

Now replace evrything in the file with this : -

## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch updated software from the network
deb dapper main restricted
deb-src dapper main restricted
## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch major bug fix updates produced
## after the final release of the distribution.
deb dapper-updates main restricted
deb-src dapper-updates main restricted
## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'universe'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb dapper universe
deb-src dapper universe
deb dapper-security main restricted
deb-src dapper-security main restricted
deb dapper-security universe
deb-src dapper-security universe
deb dapper multiverse
deb-src dapper multiverse
deb dapper-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb dapper-commercial main
deb dapper free non-free
deb-src dapper free non-free

After doing this type at the console : -

sudo aptitude update

Now installing FireFox : -

sudo aptitude install mozilla-firefox

After this a series of messages would be shown and mozilla package and all other packages it needs will be downloaded and installed .If everything goes well at the end of installation you should be able to launch firefox by typing : -
firefox at the console.

Installing MP3 and other Plugins Support

type : -

sudo aptitude libxine-extracodecs
sudo aptitude libarts1-mpeglib
sudo aptitude libakode2-mpeg

After Doing this you should be able to run mp3 and other Multimedia files on your kubuntu system.

To add mp3 support in K3b :

sudo aptitude libk3b2-mp3


Rup3rt said...


sudo aptitude install libxine-extracodecs
sudo aptitude install libarts1-mpeglib
sudo aptitude install libakode2-mpeg

and thanks for all these timesavers!

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