Archives for the month of: September, 2008

Google Chrome – or Chromium – is now available to run under Wine.

Read more here.

Be aware – this is just a Proof-of-Concept. This is what CodeWeavers do – port Win appz to Linux and Mac using proprietary technology. Read more on their site.

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Google Gadget is out. For Linux – apparently it has for some time now, but I recently picked it up. I have never had the urge for desktop gadgets, but I suspect many find them useful.

Came across this article at debianhelp today. And I think the author pretty much nails it! For everyone concerned about security – have a read ( if you’re using or thinking about installing google gadgets ).

Article at debianhelp.

I got a little laugh when I first read this – of course, Chrome is still Beta – but so is gmail 🙂 However, I do believe Google will fix this support-problem in the future 🙂 I did not get this message on my Debian-based computer. I had to turn on my girlfriends computer – in my Debian world it only stated that only Windows-browsers was supported… almost true… Google Chrome is not supported neither !

To see you available shares on <host>

smbclient -L <host>

To mount a share – a shared folder you need to mount every folder on the host. You cannot simply connect to the host and see all shared folders – strangly enough.

mount -t smbfs -o username=<username>[,password=<password>] //<host>/<share> /mnt/point

You might want to install

sudo aptitude install smbclient smbfs

And it’s not half bad!

It’s fast – super fast! The browser itself executes and starts fast. Webkit html engine renders quickly.

Shockwave plugin crashed once, but started running when I refreshed the page. Imagine that!

Adobe Flash works, bookmarks from Firefox was imported. The only thing I am missing at the moment is Adblock Plus – which may be the best Firefox plugin ever made!

Java is not available … yet.

Sertificates – don’t know. I was actually reluctant to try it out! So this I will test another time.

I can’t wait for the release for Linux – certainly I am not converting TO Microsoft Windows just to use Google Chrome! lol

Updated:

The Chrome Task manager is awesome. Rightclick on the Top menu bar. I have opened the 3 standard online newspapers in Norway – they are known to have a high percentage with ads – mostly Flash (Shockwave Flash). This is shown in the Chrome Task Manager. The plug-in itself uses ca. 95% of the CPU! But nothing lags – everything works smoothly – except the plugins of course. It was not until I duplicated all the three sessions that things started to go a bit slower. With only 3 tabs with the newspapers shows a memory usage of 90MB and a CPU usage of 95. This seems a bit much…. image what an adblock here would do.

The real fun part was to open Task manager and just kill the process with Flash – just the plugin! Awesome! So I suspect many plugins for Google Chrome to handle ads will come shortly

Also the about:memory lets you compare the memory usage between different browsers! Try it out folks!

Exciting times we are living in! A new browser on the horizon! I believe we are a close to a new web-revolution!

Imagine a computer – only running a browser – the OS is the browser! How the Google Chrome is built up has clear analogies with how an OS is built up. I am really looking forward to testing it in Linux. I am fantasizing about a distro only allowing a web-browser to run – which in turn is fully equivalent to a modern OS. Every appz you might need in your day-to-day use may very well be run within a browser today. But I believe the speed and security have had some restrictions on how this is run locally on your computer. If Google Chrome delievers half of the expectations I have – it will certainly change my day!

Godspeed Chrome!