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    Phoronix: Google Chrome For Linux Arrives, In Dev Form

    Google's Chrome browser was released for Windows last year, but they are now finally pushing out development builds of this unique web browser for Linux and Mac OS X. Linux users could previously try out the rough equivalent of Chrome via Google's open-source Chromium project, but this is the first time they are releasing a development version of the official Chrome web-browser for Linux. As is mentioned in the Chromium blog post, it's highly encouraged that those trying out Google Chrome for Linux are experienced users or developers, as these new platform versions are not yet stable enough for most users...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzMwNw

  • #2
    "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.

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    • #3
      that said. google chrome is as big a step as google earth or skype for linux. It will be the next proprietary app that will become very standard on many desktops.

      Now if only google made video games .

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      google chrome working A-OK on 64 bit for me

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      • #4
        One thing I am a bit "shocked" about is, how fast Chromium already is. I've been using Epiphany 2.27 and Midori 0.1.7 as my primary browsers now, which use pretty much the same rendering engine (AFAIK Chromium is using upstream Webkit again). Yet Chrome loads certain pages *so* much faster. Try for example tomshardware.com -- for me this is a five-fold difference. Where's the big difference? Is the HTTP layer Epiphany and Midori use so slow?

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        • #5
          I hope there is soon also a linux version of Iron, the "privacy enhanced" version of Chrome.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by oleid View Post
            I hope there is soon also a linux version of Iron, the "privacy enhanced" version of Chrome.
            just use chromium...
            as far as i know it doesnt have the homecalling features...
            im kind of hoping for a browser based on chrome's render engine with a qt4 gui that fits into your system unlike that ugly blue bar that looks like the original windowsxp theme!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by L33F3R View Post
              that said. google chrome is as big a step as google earth or skype for linux. It will be the next proprietary app that will become very standard on many desktops.

              Now if only google made video games .

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              google chrome working A-OK on 64 bit for me
              Proprietary? Whatever, but it's open source If they chose QT4 probably many more Linux users will switch. We already have Gtk Firefox, so Gtk Chrome probably isn't interesting at all for KDE users.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pfanne View Post
                just use chromium...
                as far as i know it doesnt have the homecalling features...
                According to the Iron homepage it does have those "features".

                Originally posted by Pfanne View Post
                im kind of hoping for a browser based on chrome's render engine with a qt4 gui that fits into your system unlike that ugly blue bar that looks like the original windowsxp theme!
                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.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by oleid View Post
                  I hope there is soon also a linux version of Iron, the "privacy enhanced" version of Chrome.
                  Replying to myself: Actually there is one on the Iron homepage

                  http://www.srware.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=381

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                  • #10
                    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.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kano View Post
                      The hugest problem with chrome is that no java + flash plugins are unusable.
                      Well, that's a problem with the alpha version. But as you shouldn't use it for daily work anyways it shouldn't be a problem. In the final version it will surely work fine ;-)

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                      • #12
                        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.
                        Thats strange .. it didn't add any third party software source for me ??

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                        • #13
                          Too little, too late Google.

                          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.

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                          • #14
                            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.
                            Long-time Opera user and I am seriously impressed by Opera 10. Opera 9.6 already worked great on Linux, but the latest beta is even faster.

                            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).

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                            • #15
                              Basically that search is not new. When you remember Mozilla which is now called Seamonkey then it had this feature too - only Firefox splitted it. Therefore I did not like Firefox for the first time, because the old way was definitely faster. But you can get used to anything if needed...

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