Yandex Browser & cloud client for Linux

yandexYandex is the Russian search giant and a fierce local competitor of Google. They came into news earlier for offering 10GB free cloud storage. It seems their love for Linux is on the rise. Today they have announced the Yandex Browser Beta for Linux. The browser is based on Chromium and uses the Blink (WebKit fork) engine under the hood. It supports 64-bit architecture only.

Some noteworthy features:

  • Has a Turbo mode like Opera. It is blazing fast if Turbo is enabled.
  • Sync your bookmarks, browsing data etc. as in Firefox.
  • Visually more screen real-estate as system title bars and borders are disabled by default.
  • An excellent in-built PDF viewer.
  • Pin and unpin tabs.
  • Notifications for sites like Facebook, Gmail etc.
  • Comes bundled with extensions including adblocker and flasblocker. More than 600 extensions available.
  • English menus and options.
  • A useful gesture which enables you to jump to top of page or return to current position in alternative single clicks on the tab.

For me, the menus and options show in English by default. To disable the translate option showing for each non-Russian page, go to: Settings Show advanced settings… Language settings… English Set as default language. Uncheck Offer to translate pages in this language. Click Done. Uncheck Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read.

To download Yandex Browser for Linux:

  • Visit the Beta download page from Linux
  • Click on the big yellow button
  • Select deb or rpm package

While we are at it, earlier Yandex has released a client for its cloud offering, Yandex Disk. Yandex Disk can be accessed over WebDAV from Linux but the native client makes the process easier.

To install Yandex Disk client on Ubuntu:

$ echo "deb http://repo.yandex.ru/yandex-disk/deb/ stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex.list > /dev/null
$ wget http://repo.yandex.ru/yandex-disk/YANDEX-DISK-KEY.GPG -O- | sudo apt-key add - 
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install -y yandex-disk

Run the following command for enabling flash:

$ sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree

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