So, Google released it’s web browser, Chrome, to much fanfare last week. Right now, only a Windows version is available, but the WINE developers worked quickly to release a patch that allows Linux users to run Chrome. Here’s the proof:
The directions are available from Ubuntu Geek.
I already used Chrome on my Windows XP computer at work. It’s ok. Nothing spectacular. Sure, it isolates tabs as separate processes so it won’t crash completely, but how often does Firefox crash? For me, extremely rarely. It’s also supposed to be faster, but we’re talking about shaving milliseconds off rendering time. If you are a human being, you won’t notice the difference. All of the major browsers render in a reasonably timely manner, as far as I can tell. Chrome also, at this point, doesn’t have extensions that my web browsing experience depends on: Adblock Plus, Element Hiding Helper, Better Gmail 2, etc.
I think I’ll stick with Firefox for now.
Also, the release of Google Chrome has sparked a lot of discussion and debate on Ubuntu Forums. Imagine what the reaction would be if they ever released a much-mythologized operating system?