Google Chrome, is it a good thing?
So with the beta out of Google's Chrome, I was able to take it for a test drive. That being said, it is still very young and crash prone so far. Now from a technical view, I see alot of potential in Chrome, but there are some things that bug me about the idea of Google putting out a browser.
It's with mixed feelings that I accept Chrome, on the plus side, it's open source and it embracing HTML5, and threading and memory management is a needed improvement to todays solutions.
There is something about a company that specializes in data harvesting that really really bugs me. I'm not keen on the idea of the #1 data resource on the net having a browser solution for their services. This does remind me a lot of how Hotmail used to be browser agnostic and over time would up being so tightly hooked into MS's products that using their online services became very dependent on running their software to make the most of it.
Then there is also the fact that this might give too much leverage to google as well for current and presents standards. HTML5 for example still does not have a set codec solution that all supporters can agree on. Now I can really see Googles service such as YouTube becoming the bully on the block and forcing others to use what Google decides should be. for example. the codec standard.
It just feels to me like we could be trading a bunch of monkeys for one 1000kg gorrilla.
What are your guys thoughts?
The EULA is just slightly worrying when coming from a company that excels in data mining. Although with the browser being open source you could just remove any pieces of code that report back to google but I'd hope it would never reach that stage.
As for the codec's with HTML5 I hadn't really though about it, but yes you are right I could see google forcing the codec they want if Chrome ends up being a success.
Ok, I read the eula... firefox will remain my browser.
Originally Posted by Aradreth
Google fixed Chrome's EULA. Apparently it was just an oversight.
Originally Posted by Aradreth
I'd like to see a V8 vs. SquirrelFish comparison... and is it true that it uses Qt? If WebKit + Qt then = epic win.
Wouldn't that be called Konqueror? You have been able to use webkit as an engine on it for a while now.
Originally Posted by d2kx
I'm pretty excited about Chrome, especially if it uses qt. I'll definately give it a try. And since it's FOSS, I'm pretty sure somebodys gonna rip out all the parts you wont want, if there realy are such parts, and call it IceChrome or something .
Also I actually do trust google and their "don't be evil" philosophie quite a bit. And after all they've been veeery good to us (the FOSS/GNU/Linux community).
Konqueror still uses KHTML and afaik there's no way of telling it to use webkit instead.
Originally Posted by deanjo
Originally Posted by Zhick
There has been webkit enabled Konq builds for quite a while now.
As well as opensuse. kde4-webkitpart WebKit render engine for Konqueror
Once installed Systemsettings -> Advanced -> File Associations -> text/html -> Embedding -> Select Webkit -> Move Up (as often as needed) -> Apply.
Last edited by deanjo; 09-03-2008 at 05:58 PM.
Yes, Google Chromo is a good thing to use as a search engine since Google Chrome is attractive, fast and has some impressive new features present in it.