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Firefox 3.1 Beta3

firefox31_beta3 How did I really forget to tell you all about Firefox 3.1 beta?

Between I was totally ignorant about the FireFox version all these days and even forgot that I had installed a beta release to test some of its cool features..

Cool features? What is so cool about Firefox 3.1?

Check this list directly from –

Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 6 months. Gecko 1.9.1 is an incremental release on the previous version with significant changes to improve web compatibility, performance, and ease of use:

  • Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine
  • Added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties
  • A new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to
  • Improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search
  • Support for new web technologies such as the

While I write this blog I found a very interesting blog post on Computer World comparing Firefox3.1,Chrome and IE 8. Read it to see whats happening @ Browser Wars..

To make it simple, I just wanted to check out how its “Private Browsing” features works.. and nothing much. At present loving to work with Tree style tab (recommended by Aravinda) and CoolIris plug-ins. If you’re a heavy Firefox user, do check “Tree Style Tab” plugin at-least.

Happy browsing..

Chromium – Brings Chrome to Linux and Mac

Hmm, early in the morning I went on hunting hints for running Chrome on Linux and put up and article. Once everything was done, Google search did point me to Chromium. Oh yes! Chrome which can run on Linux/Mac. Cool!, I need not take all the trouble of editing Icon file etc to get this browser work.

Code Weavers bundled all that you need to run Chrome on a CrossOver platform and called it “Chromium“. Visit the Chromium link and download it today. It just like installing any other package on to your Linux box. You have got rpm, deb. And they also give you a link to install it for all different distros here. Its all fun, rad the complete page before using it.

I even went ahead and read few more pages to find that the source code is also out and I can even try compiling my own version of Chromium on my Linux box.

Chromium Developer Documentation – This link takes you to developer documentation page.


Browsing SSL links via Chrome

All you need to do is to find the Options dialouge from the Settings menu available in the right top corner of the Chrome browser.

Ok, Your options dialouge looks like this.

Now, go ahead and click on “Under the hood” tab.

Scroll down and find the SSL v2 related options.

Once you’re there select “Use SSL V2.0″ and close the dialogue. You’re now ready to access https:// links.

Hack: Google Chrome on Linux – Powered by Wine

We all felt bad when google released its brand new browser Chrome only for Windows. It was not released even for Mac OS. That day I did try installing Google Chrome on Linux using Wine but didn’t get much time to really hack into it and resolve some errors displayed on my console during the installation. 

After couple of days one of my friend forwarded a blog post written by Romeo Adrian Cioaba, which explained how I can go ahead and configure Chrome on Linux. I did miss something to get it working perfectly the other day and Gnu/Linux habba preparations and other works kept me busy mean while. Today I thought of trying out Chrome some how on my laptop so that I can even demonstrate this in Mysore during habba event.  Wow! it works and I’m even posting this new blog post via Chrome running on Linux.

Here are the steps followed by me :

1. download and install wine >= 1.1.3. 

If you’re on Ubuntu the just type this 

aptitude install wine

That should do. 

2. Now you got to download and install WineTricks which really did the trick and made Chrome work on Linux (This is what I was missing earlier on the first day). Issue the following command in the console to download the binary :


3. Copy the binary to /usr/bin

sudo cp winetricks /usr/sbin

4. Make the file executable

sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/winetricks

5. Now, its time to do the trick with winetrick and install some dependencies required for Chrome including Flash, here I’m also adding fonts required for Chrome (Flash and Fonts are optional though) 

winetricks riched20 riched30 flash allfonts

6. Download the Chrome installer now :


7. Lets install Chrome now. Also ensure that you say yes to create Desktop icon for Chrome. Here is how you run Chrome Installer.

wine chrome_installer.exe

Here is how it looks like :

8. Once you’re done with the installation, you are just one step behind. Hack it bit more. Use an editor and open the Google Chrome.desktop file which is now on your Desktop. Now you need to add “–new-http –in-process-plugins”, without the quotes at the end of this line:

Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home//.wine" wine "C:\\windows\\profiles\\\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe"

to make it look like this:

Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home//.wine" wine "C:\\windows\\profiles\\\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --new-http --in-process-plugins

Save the file and you’re done with the hack.

9, Go to Desktop and Start the Google Chrome now. 

Hurry! But wait. There are few more issues with Chrome running on Chrome. Need to make it work with SSL and I also need Kannada fonts to be added to wine environment.There might be some security issues too. That will be my next hack on Chrome. Share the info if you are already done with it.

Now, happy browsing on Chrome.

Alert! Chrome hit by Carpet Worm Vulnerability

Ultimately nothing is secure and it depends on our risk taking capacity to go ahead with what we have got.

Few of my friends from The Wifi-Hack have been quite busy testing Chrome and they also found few news updates from security hackers and watchers community. A new post on their website describes how Chrome is prone to vulnerabilities and the proof added by Aviv Raff researcher.The complete story is really interesting to read. A security flaw introduced in in Chrome has already been fixed by Apple Safari team. Why did not they took care of it or use the updated code before making this product available for the world? Anyways, nice to watch the hackers play in here. Digging more along with them!

I have documented the same in Kannada here.