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    Phoronix: Google Chrome For Linux Released

    Google has written in to let us know that their Chrome team has just put up an official Linux build. There's been the official Windows build of the Chrome web-browser for more than a year now, but now there are finally official Google Chrome builds for Linux and Mac OS X...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzc4Mg

  • #2
    I love Chromium/Google Chrome

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    • #3
      Yeah, Chrome is awesome. It seems to be a bit slower than Firefox (and Firefox is slow), but that's no biggy for me. My addiction to Firefox plugins is hard to break though.

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      • #4
        Checked it out. Looks nice, but unfortunately this build doesn't include bookmark-sync yet, but I'll gladly switch when it does.

        For fedora users, this is available in this Chromium repo:
        http://spot.fedorapeople.org/chromium/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Melcar View Post
          It seems to be a bit slower than Firefox
          wait, what?

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          • #6
            no way it's slower. Been using it for months on Linux and before on windows since it came out on multiple computers. It's got the snappy feel, perpetually. Firefox, by comparison is a hog without any extensions even. I still keep it around though.

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            • #7
              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.

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              • #8
                The slowness is quick likely to be a driver issue. Anyone reading this site knows that the Linux graphics stack is still broke as hell for most hardware (maybe "soon" it can handle simple freaking 2D without too much pain).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Melcar View Post
                  Yeah, Chrome is awesome. It seems to be a bit slower than Firefox (and Firefox is slow), but that's no biggy for me. My addiction to Firefox plugins is hard to break though.
                  Unbelievably fast is more like it.
                  Holy crap this is fast.

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                  • #10
                    Having installed it... yeah, it's definitely fast. Any slowness issues are almost definitely driver issues. Chrome seems to be triggering even more -ati driver bugs than Firefox did (my GNOME panel just totally disappeared even though I can click on it and interact with it just fine, where-as using Firefox usually just caused icons and text to get distorted and glitch out after a while), but it's definitely very, very fast.

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                    • #11
                      kerning and scrolling

                      Font kerning is a religious issue, chrome should have an option to respect users desktop settings just like every other app, but I think defaulting to something that looks the same on every platform is a very good idea, and i think that's why they made it that way.

                      Scrolling is uber-fast (perfect) for me on an intel x4500mhd and ubuntu karmic.

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                      • #12
                        Is there a real 64bit version ? or just a 32bit one with 64bit package ?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tares View Post
                          Is there a real 64bit version ? or just a 32bit one with 64bit package ?
                          yes, 64-bit

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by garytr24 View Post
                            Font kerning is a religious issue, chrome should have an option to respect users desktop settings just like every other app, but I think defaulting to something that looks the same on every platform is a very good idea, and i think that's why they made it that way.
                            Nope, it looks nothing like kerning on windows (which works fine). This looks like a typical rounding bug (accumulating error causing off-by-1 artifacts).

                            Originally posted by elanthis
                            The slowness is quick likely to be a driver issue. Anyone reading this site knows that the Linux graphics stack is still broke as hell for most hardware (maybe "soon" it can handle simple freaking 2D without too much pain).
                            The slowness is present on both nvidia and fglrx, Linux *and* Windows. My guess is that this is a webkit issue, since it's been present since Chrome 1.0.

                            Go to a heavy website (e.g. http://www.gamedev.net/), zoom in by two clicks and try scrolling around to see what I mean.

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                            • #15
                              Indeed the fonts are still soft and fuzzy lacking any kind of sub-pixel hinting. Menus and url bar are like they should be, but web sites fonts just hurts/strains eyes.

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