Sunday, 22 July 2012

Centos 6/RHEL install Midori & SeaMonkey Browsers

Before installing make sure you have installed Mozilla Firefox from the repo and the essential Adobe Flash plugin for it.

Midori is a fast webkit based browser with some great features such as 
  •  Full integration with GTK+2.
  •  Fast rendering with WebKit. 
  •  Tabs, windows and session management.
  •  Bookmarks are stored with XBEL. 
  •  Searchbox based on OpenSearch. 
It performs well in Centos/RHEL especially if using Fluxbox window manager. It is in beta, however, so there may be a few bugs but it is worth spending a few minutes checking it out.


SeaMonkey is a much loved Firefox alternative and is used as default browser in many distros. It includes IRC Chat, Mail, Newsgroup & Address book and Html editor. You can add it to your Centos\RHEL installation with a few simple commands.

 
Both the above are available from the nux-dextop repository, which has become an essential repo for Centos/RHEL

To obtain the repo first install wget if not already installed

$ sudo yum -y install wget                          

$ wget http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el6/i386/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el6.nux.noarch.rpm 

or

$ wget http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el6/x86_64/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el6.nux.noarch.rpm
       
for the repo pack

$ sudo rpm -Uvh nux-dextop-release-0-1.el6.nux.noarch.rpm

to install it.

$ sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/nux-dextop.repo   

set 'enabled' to '0'

$ sudo yum -y --enablerepo=nux-dextop install midori seamonkey       
to install midori and/or seamonkey

You can run them with

$ /usr/bin/midori/seamonkey               

$midori

$ seamonkey

If you are using Fluxbox then place                               
                  
F9 : ExecCommand midori

In your /home/anton/.fluxbox/keys file 

And just hit F9 to run (or whatever key binding you assigned)

See Fluxbox key bindings for more.                           

There are other useful programs in the nux-dextop repo so even if you dont keep Midori or Seamonkey there will be something else worth using in there. Check out some other repos for Centos 6

3 comments:

  1. Good post thanks - I was looking for instructions to install Midori as an added way to learn about adding repos, this fit the bill.

    Just one question - why do you deactivate the repo, to then use a more convoluted command to activate it temporarily? Is it best not to search that repo unless truly necessary?

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  2. Using yum-priorities would be better of course, but it probably was not being used here.

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  3. Thanks so much. relaly helped today.

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