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Old 03-12-2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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Chromium on Linux replacing GTK+ with Aura


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We aim to launch the Aura graphics stack on Linux in M35. Aura is a cross-platform graphics system, and the Aura frontend will replace the current GTK+ frontend.

We aim for Chromium to be the best browser across all platforms. While we’ve previously not launched features on all platforms simultaneously, shipping the same graphics stack and UI code on Windows, ChromiumOS and Linux should make it significantly easier to ship features simultaneously on all those platforms, without having to duplicate effort by having to write a separate Linux and Windows version of the feature.

This should also address long standing issues with GPU memory consumption and GPU rendering performance. Using our own graphics stack enables us to have one OpenGL context per window, instead of one OpenGL context per tab, which should significantly reduce GPU resource consumption.

We need your help. The use of Aura on desktop Linux is new and not well tested. We are replacing the entire frontend with a new one. We’re asking as many Linux users to opt into the dev channel as possible. If you’re using trunk builds, Aura has been the default build configuration for a month. If you’re using official Google Chrome builds, you can opt in by typing:

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$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable
into your terminal. You can verify that you are using an aura build by the presence of an ‘a’ badge on the hotdog menu. If you encounter problems, you can quickly downgrade to google-chrome-stable; the unstable channel has its own profile directory on Linux.
View the Chromium-dev thread on the mailing list...

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:40 PM   #2
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Why, oh why do they always assume every GNU/Linux user is running Debian or a derivative thereof? If I type that command into my Slackware system it will do absolutely nothing useful. I do use Google-Chrome, as it has features which I find hard to live without, but I really do wish they would provide a simple binary tarball, as Firefox does.
To install Firefox I just have to unpack the tarball, which I do in my home directory so it can perform automatic updates without root permissions. To install Chrome, I have to go through the rigmarole of converting the deb package to slackware format, and do it all over again for each update. I cannot even tell from the Chrome website when I need an update, as there are no version numbers nor release dates for the current downloads.
 
Old 03-13-2014, 12:58 AM   #3
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...I do use Google-Chrome, as it has features which I find hard to live without...
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:10 AM   #4
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Such as.... extensions for Thai language dictionary mouseover, inbuilt support for reading PDF files, native Flash support with current version (Firefox has to use old version plugin, and usually doesn't work), support audio file playback natively, etc...
 
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Such as.... extensions for Thai language dictionary mouseover, inbuilt support for reading PDF files, native Flash support with current version (Firefox has to use old version plugin, and usually doesn't work), support audio file playback natively, etc...
The version supplied for Linux works just fine. I use it with two major TV networks and Youtube and have never had a problem.
google is not to be trusted and has been taking pages right out of mickeysoft's playbook, so I avoid them, when possible.
I can speak a little Thai, but not read it so I've never taken the time to install a Thai dictionary.
Reading PDF files has never been a problem. The browser always finds the reader and displays the PDF without my having to add an extension. Audio has, again, never been a problem. It just works.
Dependng on what Linux distribution you are using, there are ways to to use the latest flash plug-in for m$-windows via something called, pipelight and wine-pipelight.

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