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Old 07-02-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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is anyone using chromium

I heard this has officially moved into an alpha stage now but finding a download is not easy. I would be interested in any experiences.
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The only packages google currently provides for the linux dev builds are Ubuntu/Debian ones so it's probably going to be a pain to get it running on Slackware. I will try it once they release a distro independant package.
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Pull the latest source from the repo:
Old 07-03-2009, 01:19 PM   #4
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Build instructions, along with a link to the 803MB tarball. Chromium is currently available as 32bit only.
If you only want to look at the source code on your own machine, you'll need at least 1.6 GB of hard drive space available. (Somewhat less for Linux, since it already has some of the dependencies installed.) If you want to build it, you will need just under 10 GB of space, including all the object files and executables.
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I tried this shortly after I read about them releasing it. Mainly just to see how far along it was. It should be noted I was using the pre-compiled Chrome and not the opensource Chromium. I believe it was a deb and then I used the program deb2tgz to convert it to a slack install.

After installing many dependencies (although it was on a Slack 12.1 install) I was finally able to start it. It works, but obviously has bugs. I found it to render webpages ok, but not very usable. It was like going back to olden browsers. I was pleased to see that it did start and close quickly, although not as quickly as on my desktop, but my desktop processors operate at 2x the speed and I have dual cores on the desktop, so that could be why.

I was displeased to see that one of the libs I installed conflicted with a lib that was included with mozilla. Unfortunately I don't remember what lib it was, and I uninstalled the lib when I was done testing.


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