Installing Tor Client on Ubuntu

The use of Tor software to hide your network activity occasionally comes up in the main stream news media as being only for illegal purposes such as drugs or pornography. There are however many instances where individuals or groups rely upon their activity being hidden from prying eyes. Examples are… Journalists, politicians and even common citizens that don’t want to have their personal information gathered and shared/sold.

Installing the client software is easy for most platforms. You can download and verify the signatures from the Tor website to be absolutely certain. If you trust the maintainers of the Ubuntu PPA’s or other compilations, you can also do so… (with appropriate precautions):


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/tor-browser
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tor-browser



If you have ever used the popular software InSSIDer on Windows or OS/X, you might wonder if there is an equivalent application for Ubuntu/Linux.

LinSSID allows you to visually survey the Wifi networks in your area, identifying networks using the same channel as your own, even if they are not broadcasting SSID’s.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wseverin/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linssid

— OR —

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

NOTE: it seems that the release version is only available for ‘precise’ and has not been updated for newer Ubuntu releases, I was able to simply go to the terminal and execute "software-properties-gtk" to change ‘trusty’ to ‘precise’ on the PPA and it worked great!


Install Netflix on Ubuntu via Wine

UPDATE: (Sept. 2014) – Netflix will soon natively support Ubuntu, there are only a few small hurdles remaining, likely to be resolved by the NSS update expected in Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic). A workaround is available for the impatient…

For various reasons primarily related to DRM, there is not a native Ubuntu/Linux viewer for Netflix… this is one of the cases where WINE can help you out by providing (not emulating) a Windows environment.

These commands are for the Ubuntu setup, similar steps for other Linux distributions are available in the references.

I’ve found that it is better to pre-install the Wine Gecko and Wine Mono packages on Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install wine-gecko
sudo apt-get install wine-mono


sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

If you’ve never used WINE before within your Ubuntu/Linux environment, you’ll likely need to let it download the extensions for Windows, I believe that it will request to download and install the Gecko and Mono packages described above, click "Yes" if asked and all should go well!


Firefox Beta and Aurora Release Channels

With the recent rapid release cycle (currently every 6 weeks) for Firefox, it’s a good idea for developers and testers to use the upcoming release versions before they are released to the general public.

For Windows users, you can download and install an appropriate version from:

On Ubuntu, it’s a little more difficult, but rather straight-forward:

  1. Open a new Terminal window
  2. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
  3. sudo apt-get update
  4. sudo apt-get install firefox


That’s all…. Happy Testing!