I was resolved to wait until both Firefox 4 and Libre Office were included in Ubuntu 11.04, but when I was too tired to work yesterday and came across a method to download the new Firefox 4 safely I went for it.
Install Firefox 4 In Ubuntu 10.04 / 10.10 Via PPA Repository – The Proper Way
Add the Firefox 4 PPA and install FF4 in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or 10.04 Lucid Lynx using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox ubufox
[thanks to WEB UPD8]
It went very well and to my mind Firefox 4 is a fabulous upgrade, with the new default Tango them blending beautifully with my Ubuntu theme. I didn’t think I’d like the tabs on top, but I do. There were a few quirks. There was no refresh icon that I could see, and as I’m right -handed, the home icon was very awkwardly placed on the right. However, it was simple to resolve. On the Navigation Toolbar rightclick and choose Customize. Drag the home icon into it, and then drag it to where you want it. The refresh icon is in there too, so just drag and drop.
I’m one of those people who don’t like the Google search. If you don’t either, just drag it into the open Customize box. Gone. But here’s a tip. Just type g into your url box followed by your query, and up comes google with the result. Much better! eg
g Ubuntu Learner.
I was startled however to find that an add-on I rely on, namely Zotero, was incompatible with Firefox 4. Fortunately, you can now install the updated version directly from the Zotero website, which is pretty nice. I added the Zotero Open Office.org integration extension, but I’m still not sure how that works.
Once you’re happy with all of that, you can have some fun with Firefox 4’s new html 5 features at Mozilla’s Web O'(pen) Wonder – not all of them work without webgl, but The Planatorium, for example, is pretty impressive.
A couple of other add-ons were also incompatible, Foxclocks was the main one I was peeved about as I need a world clock, but I went for Simple Clocks instead – much lighter and does the job.
All of that worked so well, and I still didn’t feel like working, so I decided against my better judgment to get rid of Open Office and install LibreOffice. The fact that you have to get rid of Open Office before you install Libre Office makes it a bit complicated, so I’ll hand you over directly to the illustrated instructions at Softpedia. It downloads LibreOffice 3.3.1, and it’s for 10.04 as well as 10.10 and in my experience is painless.
I’m delighted with LibreOffice. It seems a lot faster, and everything just works, as far as I can see. I had always suspected I hadn’t OpenOffice installed correctly, but altogether LibreOffice feels more solid, and has some nice improvements like Title Page, and a search bar with up and down arrows. Well worth a whirl.
Needless to say, your Mac and Windows friends can download it too.
One final update: Shotwell, and I was delighted that I could finally Adjust the Date and Time. It had far too many photo folders listed with dates 2012-2017, but the adjustment does the trick and updates a folder by click on one photo within it and adjusting the date and time.
I’m a happy camper, with 11.04 to look forward to in a few weeks time!