Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 17th Mar 2009 23:02 UTC
Google In addition to the Chrome 2.0 beta, work for the Linux version of Chrome is on its way. Its official name is currently "Chromium," and Google Chrome for Linux doesn't officially exist yet. For the sake of argument, however, Google Chrome for Linux is on its way whether it's currently in a Chromium and pre-alpha state or not, and now Ubuntu users can get a hold of Chromium to take for a spin. In this article, learn how to install the current build of Chromium to test on your Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based system and see several screenshots of the budding browser.
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javascript is fast!
by pooo on Tue 17th Mar 2009 23:31 UTC
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2006-04-22

First thing I tried was this:

http://www.benjoffe.com/code/demos/canvascape/

Silky, perfectly, smooth using the alpha builds of chromium.

Tried the same site using Firefox 3.1b3 with Tracemonkey enabled and, uh, very very choppy and unusable.

What's the deal?? I thought both tracemonkey and v8 were comparably fast and equally capable of running such scripts.

In the article they said that some features didn't work but otherwise the browser worked great. I beg to differ on that. Lots of features don't work and I managed to crash it several times (espn.com for example every time).

Pretty exciting start though. If they add an extensions interface that allows adblock (I'll believe that when I see it), Firefox will have real competition with this gtk native app. Cool.

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RE: javascript is fast!
by voidlogic on Tue 17th Mar 2009 23:41 in reply to "javascript is fast!"
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2005-09-03

hmmm. Now I don't have a firefox build with tracemonkey on this machine, but I think this performance issue of yours might just be your machine. I just tried your link with 3.0.7 (thats the current stable, no javascript JIT) and it runs great with all settings except large textures in textured mode.

On the other-hand, maybe the issue is a tracemonkey regression. *shrug* I will install the beta when I have time to try it out and comment if I see a problem. Try disabling tracemonkey on your firefox beta and see what happens.

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9600 @ 2.80GHz
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RE[2]: javascript is fast!
by pooo on Tue 17th Mar 2009 23:57 in reply to "RE: javascript is fast!"
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2006-04-22

I don't know what might be wrong with my system. I have no addons installed for 3.1. Otherwise my system is a lot slower than yours, Intel T5500@1.66GHz and 1GB RAM. Anyway chromium on the same machine runs fantastically. Maybe your machine is just so fast you can't tell the difference.

Edited 2009-03-17 23:58 UTC

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v RE: javascript is fast!
by tyrione on Wed 18th Mar 2009 04:47 in reply to "javascript is fast!"
RE[2]: javascript is fast!
by pooo on Wed 18th Mar 2009 05:04 in reply to "RE: javascript is fast!"
pooo Member since:
2006-04-22

Sensitive fanboi! I was talking about chromium. Webkit, don't worry, everyone agrees it is nice and mature. Chromium is alpha, it is ok.

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RE: javascript is fast!
by pooo on Wed 18th Mar 2009 04:47 in reply to "javascript is fast!"
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2006-04-22

Just on a whim I did the dist upgrade to Jaunty and it is much better, still with 3.0.7 although it is still occasionally jerky compared to chromium. I haven't tried with 3.1b3 yet.

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RE: javascript is fast!
by pxa270 on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:51 in reply to "javascript is fast!"
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2006-01-08

First thing I tried was this:

http://www.benjoffe.com/code/demos/canvascape/

Silky, perfectly, smooth using the alpha builds of chromium.

Tried the same site using Firefox 3.1b3 with Tracemonkey enabled and, uh, very very choppy and unusable.

I tried this on XP-SP3 on an old Pentium-M 1.2Ghz laptop with Firefox 3.1b3, Opera 10 alpha and Chrome 2.0beta, and all three ran fine and smooth, with Firefox taking the least CPU power (under 50% most of the time, the other two were nearer to 80%). Interestingly, Opera was the only one with sound effects when you press 'b'.

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RE: javascript is fast!
by xenobrain on Thu 19th Mar 2009 17:26 in reply to "javascript is fast!"
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2009-03-19

The choppiness in the textured demo is probably caused by the bilinear image filtering Firefox does- look how much smoother the walls look in that browser compared to the others.

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