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  • #31
    Man, one MAJOR problem with this thing. It was fine at work, everything looked good, but tried it at HOME (on a 46" LDC TV) -- and the tab (and other UI) fonts are *SO FRIKKIN TINY* with no way to make them bigger. I literally have to be within 4 feet of the screen to use it! I don't want to be 4 feet from a 46" display!!! I want to sit back on the sofa!

    So back I go to firefox. At least it respects system font settings.

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    • #32
      Well, I've tried it a bit. Works. Even with 64bit flash player ;-) but didn't noticed any special things about it. Works the same way as FF, but without my extensions... so as for now, I'm staying with FF :>

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      • #33
        A quick benchmark using Peacekeeper (by futuremark) gives me these results :
        Chrome : 3994 points
        Firefox : 1512 points

        Interesting.

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        • #34
          Yay Chrome!

          No thanks... I'll wait for a final build from SRWare's Iron fork. Which is Chrome without the phoning home 'features'...

          PS: Get it from here: http://www.srware.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=835
          PS2: It includes an extension for smoother scrolling, RSS and mouse gestures
          Last edited by V!NCENT; 12-09-2009, 12:43 PM.

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          • #35
            I've had Chromium installed for many months. How is Chrome different? Its just an "official" pre-compiled binary version of the same thing?

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            • #36
              Right because we needed spyware on linux badly.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                Two issues kill Chrome/Linux for me:

                1. Bad font rendering. It does not respect my system font settings (tabs and omnibar render at smaller font sizes than what I have configured) and its kerning algorithm is broken (just enter ''''''''''''''' on any text field, e.g. google.com, and compare it with Firefox/Opera).

                2. Slow scrolling, especially when zoomed-in or out. Both Opera and Firefox destroy Chrome here.
                i have a feeling you wish chrome would die.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                  Which distro and what font settings are you using?
                  openSUSE 11.2 here, factory default fonts and config, nvidia cards. No issue here.

                  Last edited by deanjo; 12-10-2009, 07:12 PM.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by L33F3R View Post
                    i have a feeling you wish chrome would die.
                    Nope, I actually like Chrome. It's UI design is impeccable and completely blows Firefox, Opera and Safari out of the water (each browser has its strong points, but none have such a cohesive vision *and* execution as Chrome). This is the prime example of user friendliness: software would do well to learn from Chrome's installation and uprgade procedure, startup times, general performance and "I'm getting the hell out of your way to let you do your work" attitude.

                    I'm merely listing the places that (IMO) need more work: font rendering is the reason why I'm not using Chrome on Linux and I'd also love to see its scrolling performance improve (the latter looks like a general WebKit issue, rather than a Chrome-specific one). I have many more gripes with Firefox/Opera/Safari/IE (so please don't ask! ) - it's just that Chrome is the topic of the current discussion.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                      openSUSE 11.2 here, factory default fonts and config, nvidia cards. No issue here.

                      Interesting, thanks. I'll check with different font settings and update the relevant Chromium bugs if I find anything useful.

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                      • #41
                        I finally tried this and I have to ask, does google plan to take over and be the next microsoft? This is closed source, right? It does look like it's trying to out do the performance of other browsers, and succeeding at least in start up time. Only thing missing is java support. But of course, youtube works a lot better on it (other than no firefox extensions).

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Moronix View Post
                          I finally tried this and I have to ask, does google plan to take over and be the next microsoft?
                          Simple question, difficult anwser. The CEO of Google once worked at SUN in the Unix days. In a talk he gave (check the computer history museum channel on YouTube) he said that it's been tried in the past before to become the Microsoft of that age but it failed. History repeats itself. Goole doesn't aim to become the next platform monopolist because it can't compete there. Google wants to conquer services. That said, Google's platform is the internet, because it's compatible on all platforms, and it wants to dominate that. The only reason that Google makes their own browser, netbook OS and handheld OS is because of one single reason: accelerate and enrich their platform. The money that they make is from adds. The faster people can go online and the more webpages they can look at per second, the more eyeballs Googles adds will get.

                          This is closed source, right?
                          No. It us fully open source. I believe completely free software. All code made by Google is commited upstream.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Moronix View Post
                            Only thing missing is java support.
                            Chrome does have java support.



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                            • #44
                              My mistake, yes, it is based on open source (chromium), with other varied licenses like BSD.

                              And 2nd point, yes you're right, java does work, it's just that it's not installed by default. It tries to use the default java plugin for mozilla and that doesn't work, it needs to be libnpjp2.so to be linked.

                              But I do think google wants to take over just like any company would. Only thing we can hope is that the system works itself out to avoid more tech monopolies.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Moronix View Post
                                And 2nd point, yes you're right, java does work, it's just that it's not installed by default. It tries to use the default java plugin for mozilla and that doesn't work, it needs to be libnpjp2.so to be linked.
                                Well that is a packaging issue and not necessarily Chrome's fault. In openSUSE for example those links are already there when Chrome is installed.

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