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newbiesforever 05-21-2010 01:54 PM

Google Chrome isn't ready
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.

XavierP 05-21-2010 02:17 PM

I had a similar experience. If you are a KDE user, Rekonq (once developed, may be a better alternative.

craigevil 05-21-2010 02:23 PM

Doesn't do any of that but at least half the time I get a "Aw snap" because pages refuse to load in it , including things like gmail. The pages it does load it loads slower than Firefox.

newbiesforever 05-21-2010 02:26 PM

At least Google is bothering. I understand that the Linux community begged it to, and felt that it was obligated to make Linux software because it has benefited from open-source code.

ctkroeker 05-21-2010 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by craigevil (Post 3976912)
Doesn't do any of that but at least half the time I get a "Aw snap" because pages refuse to load in it , including things like gmail. The pages it does load it loads slower than Firefox.

Same thing with my Chrome... Annoying as heck that it can't load Google's own pages.

Running latest alpha of firefox, much faster tab-switching and page rendering and uses less memory. More stable than the "stable" Firefox.

EricTRA 05-21-2010 02:46 PM


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.

Kind regards,


vigi 05-21-2010 04:10 PM


Originally Posted by XavierP (Post 3976904)
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.

craigevil 05-21-2010 04:40 PM

I have tried both the 6.0.408.1 dev and the beta 5.0.375.53. With any version if I import Firefox settings Chrome refuses to load any webpages. Just sits there wit the activity thing spinning.

if I install any extensions it does the same thing.

If I leave it alone, no importing, no extensions, with default settings it works for a while. But even then after a few hours it stops loading webpages.

Meanwhile Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100513 Firefox/3.6.4 flies

damgar 05-21-2010 04:49 PM

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.

disturbed1 05-21-2010 10:52 PM

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 and - 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 :p (IMO)

MTK358 05-22-2010 07:24 AM

I'm using Chromium 5.0.342.9, and it works nice.

Pages sometimes load a bit slowly, though.

I am not sure what the relationship between Chromium and Google Chrome is.

newbiesforever 05-22-2010 01:01 PM


Originally Posted by MTK358 (Post 3977486)
I am not sure what the relationship between Chromium and Google Chrome is.

I'd never heard of Chromium.

damgar 05-22-2010 01:04 PM

Chromium is chrome without the google branding.

newbiesforever 05-22-2010 01:10 PM


Originally Posted by damgar (Post 3977754)
Chromium is chrome without the google branding.

Oh. Like Iceweasel is Firefox without the Mozilla branding (if I recall, not being an Iceweasel user)?

damgar 05-22-2010 01:14 PM



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.[2]
In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome's source code, including its V8 JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium.[3][4] This move enabled third-party developers to study the underlying source code and help port the browser to Mac OS X and Linux. A Google spokesperson also expressed hope that other browsers would adopt V8 to help web applications.[5] The Google-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license,[6] which allows portions to be incorporated into both open source and closed-source software programs.[7] Other portions of the source code are subject to a variety of open-source licenses.[8] Chromium implements the same feature set as Chrome, but lacks built in automatic updates and Google branding, most notably it has a blue-colored logo in place of the multicolored Google logo.[9]

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