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Others have probably noticed this already, but I just tried the Google Chrome beta, and wish to share my results. Unless my system has its own proble, Google Chrome definitely needs more work. It made my system extremely slow, almost freezing it, until I gave up and uninstalled it. Besides, only the browser--which is decidedly ugly--works in Linux. A friend wanted to talk with me on the chat application, but I found that it's still Windows-only.
I'm using Google Chrome 5.0.360.5 dev and have not encountered those problems. I'm all the time using it and haven't had any problems yet with pages not loading. Only had some troubles a while ago because of DNS not correctly resolving which resulted in 'freezing'. I also use the dev version on Windows XP laptop I use at work with the same level of satisfaction. I recently switched to Xfce on my Slackware 13, coming from KDE and have used Chrome in both. In KDE Chrome seemed slower.
I had a similar experience. If you are a KDE user, Rekonq (once developed, may be a better alternative.
I have just tried Chromium this week on my xubuntu installation; and it is refreshingly clean however firefox, and midori (and certainly rekonq in my slackware-kde setup) responds better.
Rekonq would be an excellent default browser for slackware once it reaches full stability. Between Konqueror, Seamonkey, firefox and rekonq I still find there are websites that do not work with all but firefox.
I've been using google chrome since the linux betas came out and using the current-unstable for the last 2 months. I don't have any of the problems listed above. It doesn't work with gecko-media plugins installed and there is occasional weirdness with buttons on various web pages, but other than that it works just fine for me. I'm currently on 5.0.396.0 dev. It's definitely still beta, but I use it almost exclusively for everything on 3 machines with what I would call only minor annoyances. It's definitely faster than any other browser for me, and for what it's worth, the futuremark peacekeeper benchmarks double firefox and epiphany. Your mileage and opinions may vary of course.
Same experience as damgar with currently google-chrome-6.0.401.1-x86_64. Have been using Chrome for awhile now. I know the history file goes back to 01/01/2010. In the beginning there were quite a few aw-snaps. Sometime in the 5.x series these became almost non existent for me. There is still the occasional extremely annoying bug when center clicking on a link, a new tab does not open. This happens on www.SlackBuilds.org and www.dslreports.com - perhaps others? Also, adblock loads the ads first, then blocks them. Which is quite different and slower on some sites compared to adblock in Firefox/Seamonkey.
Could boil down to the plugins I have (only flash player and jre), or the websites I visit are mundane enough to not trigger the bugs others see. My girlfriend and our room mate are both into that social networking crap. If Chrome on Linux did not work properly with Facebook, Myspace, TMZ, E! .... I'd have two females demanding a fix by now
Between Chrome, Opera, Konq, Firefox, Seamonkey, and the other Mozilla + Webkit browsers, if you are not able to find a web browser to suite your needs, your just being too damn picky (IMO)
Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on 2 September 2008, and the public stable release was on 11 December 2008. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or "chrome", of web browsers. As of April 2010, Chrome was the third most widely used browser, with 6.73% of worldwide usage share of web browsers, according to Net Applications.