Linked by Georgios Kasselakis on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 15:14 UTC
Google It appears that Google scored a PR success with their Chrome browser. In short, the promise is a web experience where web pages are allowed to behave more like desktop applications. This is done by boosting the abilities of common web pages in terms of performance, while also allowing 'plugins' to enrich the user experience of certain other pages. As it seems, the announcement shot at the heads of people who've been holding their breath for the fabled Google Operating System. However in the following text I will demonstrate that Chrome [based on what we are allowed to know] puts strain on the Designer and Developer communities, is not innovative (save for one feature), and copies ideas liberally from Google's worst enemy.
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by lawlernet on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 15:47 UTC
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I've been using Chrome for a few hours, and so far I'm liking it more than IE and Firefox. It's quite snappy and despite it being labeled with the classic google "beta" tag, it's very polished.

The thing that bothers me here is that you say it's harmful because A) It does things that other browsers do and B) It'll put more strain on developers because a new browser will induce having to test against a yet another browser. So? If you're too lazy to debug your code against a browser that your users like, then maybe you don't deserve visitors?

Edited 2008-09-03 15:49 UTC

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by ljgshkg on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 15:54 in reply to "um."
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And I think it's really just using Webkit and then have their own javascript engine. But seriously, if you code your javascript "standardly" and cleanly, I imagine you should be fine. (of course, you need to test on IE since it's... different...)

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by Morty on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 17:26 in reply to "RE: um."
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But seriously, if you code your javascript "standardly" and cleanly, I imagine you should be fine.

Lol, in context this was a rather funny comment. As even Googles web developers don't do this. GMail or Google maps anyone. Always fun to see what their browser check decides to throw your way.

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by kragil on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 16:14 in reply to "um."
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Well, it has unfixed security bugs in Webkit.

And your privacy is not really respected. Google wants to know _everything_ you do in the browser.

And I think they won't make it easy to build a adblock feature. ( That is why so many bloggers and the online press love it so much. )

For me all this means that:

I will wait for a Linuxfork that respects my privacy and enables adblocking.

I love the UI and the technology, but I also like Firefox and it will soon get a much faster JS engine too.

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by lawlernet on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 16:32 in reply to "RE: um."
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Huh? Aside from things being sent to the search engine, which you can change, Chrome and do not communicate aside from some really mundane stuff like updates. Explain to me how that is not respecting my privacy?

Check that out, Matt Cutts debunks a lot of myths surrounding the browser, especially since there's a lot of Googlophobia lately.

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by devurandom on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 16:32 in reply to "RE: um."
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Since it is open source (it should be BSD code), patched and sane versions will probably come out.

What I would *love* is a compatibility layer between Firefox addons and Chrome.

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by Kroc on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 16:36 in reply to "RE: um."
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Oh my days, talk about jump the gun.
The whole thing is open source, all of it.
Anybody can add an AdBlock extension however they please.

Your "fork it" attitude is totally disrespectful to the hard work the engineers have done giving all this away for free. In case you hadn't realised, a Linux version is on its way.

The privacy in Chrome is actually very good (*way* better than IE), but then, you didn't bother to actually research that.

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by modmans2ndcoming on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 20:39 in reply to "RE: um."
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Google is not tracking my usage behavior. I opted out of that.

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by helf on Wed 3rd Sep 2008 22:07 in reply to "um."
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I've been using it for a day now and I've had it randomly lockup and crash on random websites.

bleh. hope they fix all that. I also despise the tab management.

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