Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Mar 2009 21:01 UTC
Google The Google Chrome team has pushed out the beta release of the Chrome 2.0 web browser release. In addition, they have also opened the beta update channel, so if you're running the beta you'll get continuous updates keeping you up to speed with Chrome 2.0's development tree. Apart from speed improvements, Chrome 2.0 delivers several other interesting new features.
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Linux?
by cypress on Tue 17th Mar 2009 22:02 UTC
cypress
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2005-07-11

Still no native Linux port? :|

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RE: Linux?
by siimo on Tue 17th Mar 2009 22:12 UTC in reply to "Linux?"
siimo Member since:
2006-06-22

From what I heard a beta release should be out by July for Apple and Linux OSs.

BTW its great to see the pace at which all the browsers are optimising and releasing often.

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RE: Linux?
by VenomousGecko on Tue 17th Mar 2009 22:14 UTC in reply to "Linux?"
VenomousGecko Member since:
2005-07-06

I was thinking the same thing. I thought that they were supposed to remove all of the Windows only bits for the 2.0 release, thereby making it possible to be cross-platform. I guess we will have to be patient to see if that actually happens for this release.

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RE[2]: Linux?
by VenomousGecko on Wed 18th Mar 2009 02:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Linux?"
VenomousGecko Member since:
2005-07-06
auto updates
by Ventajou on Tue 17th Mar 2009 22:31 UTC
Ventajou
Member since:
2006-10-31

So are they sticking to their mandatory auto update service and schedule task that get installed without asking the user?

Edited 2009-03-17 22:31 UTC

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RE: auto updates
by Straylight! on Tue 17th Mar 2009 22:52 UTC in reply to "auto updates"
Straylight! Member since:
2009-03-17

I hope they have an auto update service turned on by default.

I'm going to rant on this a little, first people throw a bloody fit if it doesn't update, then they throw a fit if it does. You can't have it both ways! It's 2009, we need auto updates for a web browser. It makes sense. From a business standpoint, all you need is a system to control it, and since it's so early in it's release, isn't that great of a call from a risk/reward standpoint to start with.

It's a good app, it tells me when it wants to do something, that's fair, but if your saying that because you don't want it to auto update, then sorry, you've lost out to the other 90-95% of the world that wants it to.

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RE[2]: auto updates
by Ventajou on Wed 18th Mar 2009 07:18 UTC in reply to "RE: auto updates"
Ventajou Member since:
2006-10-31

Safari 4 asks me if I want to enable the feature. Google does it by default.

Firefox checks for updates when the browser is running. Google installs (at least) a system service and a scheduled task.

Everyone else lets me download an installer package and install the software even if I'm not directly connected to the internet. Google only lets me download an installer which will then download and install the app. But it fails when behind an authenticating proxy. They also do that with Google Earth...

I guess there is the standard way of doing things, and there's the Google way...

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Side by side tabs
by harcalion on Tue 17th Mar 2009 23:01 UTC
harcalion
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2005-07-12

Oh my god!! What a wondrous feature... It's present in Opera since at least 10 years.

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Also waiting for LInux GTK version
by buff on Tue 17th Mar 2009 23:03 UTC
buff
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2005-11-12

I think a lot of people are excited about the Linux version. Since Chrome 1.0 came out I have pretty much stopped using Firefox on XP. I love that you can kill a tab acting up, say with a nasty Flash movie, and it keeps going. Usually I have to kill the whole Firefox app when a plugin crashes the browser. Once the native GTK version comes out I think I will remove Firefox for good on Linux.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

My favorite thing about chrome is the speed, but right after that its the tab implementation. I have never seen an app that does tabs this right.

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The latest browser wars are just amazing
by bannor99 on Wed 18th Mar 2009 01:20 UTC
bannor99
Member since:
2005-09-15

Chrome, FF3, Safari, IE8, Opera 9-10 - this is all freakin' mindblowing. After the early years where IE5 ended up on top for a while before the advent of Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox, I thought for sure that the browser wars would settle into a 2 horse race with Opera hanging back and some few other popping up once in a while to keep thing interesting.

But the 4-way horse race of the last few months has been unprecedented. Although, I have to give some credit to Safari 3 a while back for showing us all just how much faster browser rendering could be.

Firefox 3 is still my browser of choice although the Google Chrome multi-process features are killer and I hope the FF team will implement something comparable in the near future.

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Have to agree wholeheartedly. For us end users this is a godsend. I just hope that IE's market share dominance will continue to erode, but also that the spoils go to other browsers than Firefox. No point in having one dominant player disappear just to be replaced by another. A high level of competition in this market is what will push the browser experience further at a faster pace.

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Beta Channel
by MechR on Wed 18th Mar 2009 03:31 UTC
MechR
Member since:
2006-01-11

Technically, the Beta update track has always existed; It just stopped getting substantive updates after the stable 1.0 release, in favor of the less stable Dev track... until now. Finally!

I'm happy to see that scrolling a page per tick (as per my mouse settings in Windows) works properly now.

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mouse gesture
by jeanmarc on Wed 18th Mar 2009 06:34 UTC
jeanmarc
Member since:
2005-07-06

I'll switch once Chrome have mouse gesture ;)

Edited 2009-03-18 06:36 UTC

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RE: mouse gesture
by Valhalla on Wed 18th Mar 2009 08:15 UTC in reply to "mouse gesture"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

I'm somewhat addicted to mouse-gestures myself. Anyone know what the status is on the Chrome plugin architecture?

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RE: mouse gesture
by liber on Wed 18th Mar 2009 09:13 UTC in reply to "mouse gesture"
liber Member since:
2008-10-26

From a "cross-browser"-view I did a very stupid thing and got addicted to vimperator (vim-like keybindings and interface in FF). It really blows my mind, but it sucks to try new browsers...

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Android Chrome
by emidln on Wed 18th Mar 2009 13:01 UTC
emidln
Member since:
2009-03-18

I'm still waiting for my Android's Chrome to support downloading files with extensions that don't have a registered app. I don't suppose the new version of Chrome means any updates to the Android browser?

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full page zoom
by gelosilente on Wed 18th Mar 2009 20:19 UTC
gelosilente
Member since:
2006-08-13

i dislike the fact that image are zoomed with text, is not possible to use again the function text only zoom just like in the 1 version?

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