Monday, November 20, 2017

Naver Whale browser Linux version released


Naver has released the Linux version of their Chromium-based web browser, Whale.

Naver Whale promo image for Linux version

You can download it either as a .deb package installer file (63 MB) from their download page alongside the Windows and MacOS versions, or from their repository. 

Naver Whale download page. Windows, macOS, and Linux versions ready. Just waiting on iOS/Android.

The direct link to the current version is:

It's listed as for Ubuntu 14.04 64bit or later, so of course other similar based distros should run it. For example here's a guy who got it running on Linux Mint:

Whale browser in Linux Mint. Image: CaveStory :: 네이버 웨일 리눅스 출시! 

I wanted to try it myself and throw some screenshots of my own up here, but sadly, the only Linux box I've got lying around right now is an older Dell laptop with Lubuntu, and importantly it's an x86 system. Whale is for x64 systems only. Looks like this guy tried installing it on a Raspberry Pi and found that out the hard way. I could add a Linux partition to one of my other computers, or maybe try running it in a Live CD session, but eh who cares.

Naver Whale package from Synaptic Package Manager. Yes, I'm guilty of analog screenshotting.

The Whale repository is at http://repo.whale.naver.com and there you'll find the commands to run in your terminal to add it and install Whale:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://repo.whale.naver.com/linux/ stable/" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/naver-whale.list'
$ wget -q -O - http://repo.whale.naver.com/linux/stable/public.key | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install naver-whale-stable

Naver Whale repository

Have fun. And if you really want to stick it out with Linux in Korea, take a look at HamoniKR, which is both a Korean-ready remix of Mint and a wider Open Source enthusiast community. A lot of answers can be found there. Meanwhile I'll stick with Windows. As a former Open Source junkie, turning to the dark side just plain made life easier here.

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