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I'm a complete newbie to Ubuntu Server and am looking for a web browser which I am learning to use as it is a requirement of the course I'm doing. It's been many a year since I've spent any time poking around a CLI and am constantly going back and forward between various websites for hints on coding. I'm running this in VMWare and it would make life a bit easier if I could find a decent web browser to use. I won't use Firefox as I find it too unstable and don't use it on my windows box... I've tried Links2 and a couple of other light weight broswers but I'm not keen.

Can any one give an idiots guide to what I need to do to set up Chrome or something similar to run on Ubuntu server.

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So you got a GUI ? – Raja Jan 19 '13 at 17:46
as a server user to isntall/remove pkgs you'd better have aptitude knowledge – Raja Jan 19 '13 at 17:47
How do you want to access the browser? By the terminal? By a screen attached to the server? By other means? – Davisein Jan 19 '13 at 18:53
It's a virtual server running in VMware so I just want some way of running some from of chrome from the CLI. I have no sort of GUI installed... – Gibboncore Jan 19 '13 at 19:29
@Gibboncore So you want access from chrome to a website executed in the VMware server. Do you want to install a web browser inside the server instead than accessing from the host server? Accessing from the host server would be faster and it would mess less with the virtual machine. But I don't know if it is a requirement of that course to do it the other way around. – Davisein Jan 19 '13 at 21:06

Open your terminal and type this

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

That above chrome is good for 32-bit systems.If you have a 64 bit system then you can get the other versions from Google-chrome

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What is the difference between chromium-broswer in rthe update Centre and Chrome for Unix from the Google website? – Gibboncore Jan 19 '13 at 17:49
@Gibboncore Chromium-browser is the open source project which chrome is based in. Essentially chromium is the same as chrome apart from not having flash built-in, not having support for google cloud print and a colorless icon (and some other things like that ;)) IMHO if you do not require flash I would totally choose chromium. Which is probably your case – Davisein Jan 19 '13 at 21:11

Well you need a Environment here .

In the Ubuntu the very Light DE's are Lubuntu and Xubuntu.

you can get them by doing like

sudo apt-get install xubuntu
sudo apt-get install lubuntu

Run this command:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

There a post we have here with low memory usage browsers, may be that gonna help you in a better way.CLICK HERE

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if the OP is running a default ubuntu server, there probably will be no graphical environment... – Nanne Jan 19 '13 at 17:10
@Nanne to execute that command we just need a Terminal. – Raja Jan 19 '13 at 17:36
yes that's right no graphical environment... can I install some sort of low footprint version? – Gibboncore Jan 19 '13 at 17:47
@snow: obviously. But the problem is to run chrome you need to install a complete X-system, and I don't think the CLI line for apt-getting chromium is the way to help a beginner install a window-environment. This will give all sorts of dependencys. Just giving this line without going in to that isn't helping I believe. @gibboncore: if you want chrome, you need a graphical enviroment. Maybe you'd be better off just installing a desktop version instead of ubuntu server? – Nanne Jan 19 '13 at 22:58
@Nanne I agree with you. I have added remaining part of the answer. – Raja Jan 20 '13 at 3:19

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