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  • #16
    Originally posted by oleid View Post
    The linux port of Chrome uses GTK+, so the chance for having a Qt4 GUI is slim. But Chrome's render engine is WebKit, so you just have to use Konqueror (switched to WebKit backend) to get what you want.
    does konqueror work properly with the webkit backend?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
      The only advantage of Chrome over Opera is its integrated search / address bar. Opera has had this feature for years, but Chrome's implementation is much more polished (single word searching in Opera is *very* annoying).
      The biggest Chrome advantage over Opera is it's Open Source while Opera isn't. The biggest Opera advantage is it uses QT4.

      @Unimatrix

      Opera 10 Beta kicks all browser's asses. It's the fastest, uses the least CPU to render pages and browsing actually feels smooth. At least that's the case on Linux. If even Firefox can't beat Opera, some crappy Chrome will never be able to.
      Browsing is smooth, because it uses QT4 :> It will be even smoother when graphic card drivers will provide better support for this toolkit. When last time I used Opera it had problems with some sites and with flash player, so in my opinion it doesn't have a chance when compared to Firefox. However, maybe now it's better. Oh, and I remember some benchmark where Firefox was clear winner when comes to memory usage. The worst were Safari and then IE - humongous memory leaks in both...

      @Pfanne

      does konqueror work properly with the webkit backend?
      Does someone know how to enable webkit backend in Konqueror?
      Last edited by kraftman; 06-05-2009, 07:53 AM.

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      • #18
        Oh, and I remember some benchmark where Firefox was clear winner when comes to memory usage.


        Mine and many others' experiences speak to the contrary, FF has always leaked like crazy. No match to IE, but still a ton.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by curaga View Post


          Mine and many others' experiences speak to the contrary, FF has always leaked like crazy. No match to IE, but still a ton.
          Possible I suppose nothing will beat Safari - over 600MB in this benchmark.

          http://dotnetperls.com/Content/Browser-Memory.aspx
          Last edited by kraftman; 06-05-2009, 08:08 AM.

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          • #20
            Chromium is so fast it's not even funny. Their work on V8 is showing.

            No flash or plugins though, so I'm not using it seriously yet.

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            • #21
              Chrome is very fast in javascript, but *much* less than stellar in plain web content (html, css, images). Try zooming or scrolling an image-heavy webpage, for example. Opera 9.6/10 slaughters Chrome (and Firefox) on such pages.

              Not to mention Opera's "fit to width" functionality that makes zooming actually useful. Try zooming Phoronix by 20% - see that horizontal scrollbar? How do you feel, browsing like this? Now try with Opera; press Ctrl-F11. That's a genuinely useful feature noone has dared copy yet (simply because it is quite difficult to get right - as Opera has managed to do).

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              • #22
                @BlackStar

                Try zooming or scrolling an image-heavy webpage, for example. Opera 9.6/10 slaughters Chrome (and Firefox) on such pages.
                Thanks to QT4...

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                • #23
                  Took a little fiddling to get it installed properly, but it's not too bad. It's definitely speedy.

                  Too bad there's no 64-bit build, though; I'm pretty pissed that they're pretending it is.

                  Oh yeah, Gentoo users wanting to give this a shot, I offer up the fruits of my labour:
                  www-client/google-chrome-unstable-3.0.183.1.ebuild
                  http://dpaste.com/51790/

                  Have fun, lol.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by kraftman View Post
                    @BlackStar

                    Thanks to QT4...
                    Nope, using QT3-amd64-static build here.

                    As far as I know, Opera does not use QT4 for page rendering or for its UI, just for its file dialogs. The UI is completely custom.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                      "Installing Google Chrome will add the Google repository so your system will automatically keep Chrome up to date."

                      Finally, a third party package you can install and keep up to date without rubbing your head, patting your belly, and dancing a jig.

                      Without proper apturl infrastructure built into ubuntu, more and more packages will modify /etc/apt/sources.list until it's just the accepted way of doing things.
                      Thank you -- this is what I've been trying to say for years!

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                        Nope, using QT3-amd64-static build here.

                        As far as I know, Opera does not use QT4 for page rendering or for its UI, just for its file dialogs. The UI is completely custom.
                        That's even better, because QT3 is better accelerated right now

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                        • #27
                          If only it has adblock and noscript. I hate d'em google ads

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                          • #28
                            No thanks.

                            a) bad browser
                            b) from google
                            c) calls home (partly same as b)

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                            • #29
                              Download for RPM distributions

                              You can download the binaries (I'm using opensuse 11.2 factory and opensuse 11.1) here:
                              build.chromium.org/buildbot/snapshots/chromium-rel-linux/

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Kano View Post
                                The hugest problem with chrome is that no java + flash plugins are unusable. Tested it 5 min and removed it. I even tried to cp the flash plugin manually to the plugins dir, showed flash in aboutlugins but youtube did not work.
                                Guess firefox-style plugin support is not ready yet

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