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    Default Google Chrome For Linux Released

    Phoronix: Google Chrome For Linux Released

    Google has written in to let us know that their Chrome team has just put up an official Linux build. There's been the official Windows build of the Chrome web-browser for more than a year now, but now there are finally official Google Chrome builds for Linux and Mac OS X...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzc4Mg

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    I love Chromium/Google Chrome

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    Yeah, Chrome is awesome. It seems to be a bit slower than Firefox (and Firefox is slow), but that's no biggy for me. My addiction to Firefox plugins is hard to break though.

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    Checked it out. Looks nice, but unfortunately this build doesn't include bookmark-sync yet, but I'll gladly switch when it does.

    For fedora users, this is available in this Chromium repo:
    http://spot.fedorapeople.org/chromium/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melcar View Post
    It seems to be a bit slower than Firefox
    wait, what?

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    no way it's slower. Been using it for months on Linux and before on windows since it came out on multiple computers. It's got the snappy feel, perpetually. Firefox, by comparison is a hog without any extensions even. I still keep it around though.

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    Two issues kill Chrome/Linux for me:

    1. Bad font rendering. It does not respect my system font settings (tabs and omnibar render at smaller font sizes than what I have configured) and its kerning algorithm is broken (just enter ''''''''''''''' on any text field, e.g. google.com, and compare it with Firefox/Opera).

    2. Slow scrolling, especially when zoomed-in or out. Both Opera and Firefox destroy Chrome here.

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    The slowness is quick likely to be a driver issue. Anyone reading this site knows that the Linux graphics stack is still broke as hell for most hardware (maybe "soon" it can handle simple freaking 2D without too much pain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melcar View Post
    Yeah, Chrome is awesome. It seems to be a bit slower than Firefox (and Firefox is slow), but that's no biggy for me. My addiction to Firefox plugins is hard to break though.
    Unbelievably fast is more like it.
    Holy crap this is fast.

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    Having installed it... yeah, it's definitely fast. Any slowness issues are almost definitely driver issues. Chrome seems to be triggering even more -ati driver bugs than Firefox did (my GNOME panel just totally disappeared even though I can click on it and interact with it just fine, where-as using Firefox usually just caused icons and text to get distorted and glitch out after a while), but it's definitely very, very fast.

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