Re: browser question
Or you can install Chromium, the open source project from which Google Chrome draws it's source code (it's the same browser without the proprietary stuff). It's present in Ubuntu repositories and you can install it using Ubuntu Software Center or typing sudo apt-get install chromium-browser in a terminal.
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