In the Linux world, Chrome’s name is Chromium. Let’s follow some simple steps to get it on the Ubuntu machine:
- add the following repository at the end of your /etc/apt/sources/list file:
- [sourcecode]deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main[/sourcecode]
- add the GPG key using the following command:
- [sourcecode]sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5[/sourcecode]
- update sources list:
- [sourcecode]sudo apt-get update[/sourcecode]
- install the Chromium browser:
- [sourcecode]sudo apt-get install chromium-browser[/sourcecode]
Yahoo! annnounces that all data collected will be anonymized after 3 months, from current 13 months. This is one of the first successful hits to Google, which “needs” data for 9 months, after cutting the previous period in two this September.
In our world of customized online services, responsible use of data is critical to establishing and maintaining user trust. [...] We know that our users expect relevant and compelling content and advertising when they visit Yahoo!, but they also want assurances that we are focused on protecting their privacy.
Anne Toth, Vice President of Policy and Head of Privacy.
It is mandatory that such companies respect our right to browse the internet as anonymous as possible, while using their services. There are better (but definitely more expensive) methods out there to make search results better.
First bugs have appeared in Chrome. Ok, it’s still a beta release, but you should be aware that:
- it doesn’t love youtube videos
- suddenly and unexpectedly crashes with no particular reason, after normal browsing
- it is unable to render XML files properly
- doesn’t remember the last session tabs
… will be continued.
After many years of dominance from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, after Mozilla Firefox becaming our second nature, with interesting interface solutions from Safari, Google decides to enter the battle with the all-new Chrome. It’s not easy this time, but I think the tekkie world will quickly adopt it. It easily passes the ACID2 test and gets 78 out of 100 for ACID3. So for us developers it looks like they are on the right path, learning from others’ mistakes.
Like Firefox managed to eat slowly from IE’s slice for some time now by doing right the things that were frustrating and annoying users, Google is determined to fight using the same tactics.
- So, people use Mozilla because it has many plugins? Yes, but it eats up your memory, so Chrome has a new approach isolating each tab as a separate process and giving you freedom of navigation.
- Developers love the Firebug extension and can’t imagine working without it? Chrome gives us “inspect element” option in the contextual page menu.
- Browsers timidly tried to suggest things while you were typing in the address bar? Chrome is all too Google-ish in this respect… just try it!
- People are afraid of using yet-another-application for browsing the web because they use keyboard shortcuts? Just try the regular CTRL + F, CTRL + H or CTRL + J. Ah, and of course your Mozilla saved passwords, bookmarks and other stuff is offered to you during install. Can it get any better?
All the things which frustrated the guys are now attempting to get solved. They’re at least trying. Of course it’s beta and there are no things like mouse gestures yet, but the Google approach is different; they build early, launch soon. They offer the solutionto some problems and continue building upon it, and that’s what really makes the difference.
If you like watching all the features and architectural decisions in a non-conventional way, try the comic book. These guys just don’t market the usual way.