I'm pleased to annouce that apturl support has been added to Linux App Finder. apturl is a program enabling single-click installs from within a browser. It is currently in the Ubuntu Gutsy repositories, but versions for Debian and Ubuntu Feisty are also available.
The current version of apturl only works with Firefox, but I expect that future versions will lift this restriction. Instructions are in the comments below describing how to enable apturl support in Opera and Konqueror.
How Does It Work?
apturl works by telling Firefox how-to handle URL's using the apt: format. When such a link is clicked it checks to see if the program is available through secured repositories. If it is, a dialog appears asking if you would like to install the app. If not, nothing happens. Hopefully a dialog will be added for this latter case to explain what happened.
What Does the "Install Now" Link Do?
Clicking the "Install Now" link will check your system's repositories for the application you are viewing and, if it is available, install it.
What are the Requirements to Use It?
The "Install Now" link will only appear on Linux App Finder when one of the deb repositories that we track has the application being viewed. In order for the link to work you need:
1. A GNU/Linux operating system using the Debian packaging system
2. apturl installed on your local system
3. Synaptic install on your local system
4. You must be viewing the page using the Firefox Web Browser
Examples of distributions using the Debian packaging system include: Debian, (K)Ubuntu, Mepis, Linspire, Linux Mint, and, Xandros.
apturl is the main program needed for the installs to work. Synaptic and Firefox are required because apturl can only function through them, although that may change in the future as support for other browsers is added.