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I've downloaded Midori, and am attempting to build and install. According to the install instructions, I need to do this:

Make sure you have Python 2.4 or higher installed.

Change to the Midori folder on your hard disk in a terminal.

Run './waf configure'

Run './waf build'

You can now run Midori from the build folder like so

'./waf build --run'

Using --run as shown above will make sure extensions as well as localizations are used from the build folder.

You can install it with './waf install'

When I run configure, though, I get the following:

esther@esther-linux:~/midori-0.3.6$ ./waf configure
Checking for program gcc or cc           : /usr/bin/gcc 
Checking for program cpp                 : /usr/bin/cpp 
Checking for program ar                  : /usr/bin/ar 
Checking for program ranlib              : /usr/bin/ranlib 
Checking for gcc                         : ok  
Checking for program valac               : not found 
Vala is required for some extensions. 
Pass --disable-vala to not build with Vala. 

The instructions don't mention anything about Vala; what is it and where can I get it?

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Would you like the Midori-dev ppa? – RolandiXor Jun 12 '11 at 4:11
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It's a programming language that gets compiled into C (see Wikipedia). This is the first time I've seen it being used - cool :)

If you install valac from synaptic or the Software Centre you should get past that check.

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go to software center, type in midori and install. comes as a default in some distros. also comes with duckduckgo search engine. one of the most secure i have used. not an advert, just my opinion.

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I'll give that a shot. For some reason it never occurred to me it would be in the software center. – EmmyS Jun 15 '11 at 13:53

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