Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:49 UTC
Google Chromium/Chrome, everyone's favourite web browser that descended from heaven to take us by the hand and guide us to the promised land of web browsers (that's how I look at it, anyway, but I'm insane) has been steadily evolving its Linux port. The latest feature addition? The first signs of native themeing.
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RE: Hallelujah!
by No it isnt on Wed 8th Jul 2009 22:28 UTC in reply to "Hallelujah!"
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But why? OK, so it's fast. It works. Firefox is slightly sluggish in comparison. The security model seems interesting (ldd shows me that it does indeed make use of SELinux). But no adblock, no Flashblock (not that it needs one, as Flash is unsupported) and no Noscript. Not even HTML5. What's the big deal? It's only a slightly faster browser.

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RE[2]: Hallelujah!
by MechR on Wed 8th Jul 2009 23:57 in reply to "RE: Hallelujah!"
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People anticipate those are just a matter of time, since the extensions framework is coming together, and WebKit will get to HTML5. Flashblock is already here, via a couple of userscripts:

The first one has nicer visuals, but misses some elements. I've worked around it by adding some of the second script's code to the first, though it's probably not very efficient:

And here's how to enable userscripts:

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RE[3]: Hallelujah!
by pimpernel on Thu 9th Jul 2009 11:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Hallelujah!"
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Google will never sanction ad-blocking - what are you thinking? Of course you can do it other ways, but they will always by necessity be third-party solutions at best. And Google will always do all it can to break those solutions.

Yeah, locking yourself in a struggle with your browser's creator seems like a rational way to go...

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RE[2]: Hallelujah!
by google_ninja on Thu 9th Jul 2009 00:00 in reply to "RE: Hallelujah!"
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Select text and there is "Search google for..." in the context menu. Copy text, and "Paste and go" is in the context menu for the url bar. When you search for something on a site, typing the site name in the url bar and hitting tab will let you do a site specific search. Bookmark bar comes and goes with Ctrl-B, and the status bar goes away when it isnt displaying anything. "Tearing" a tab off of a window and dropping it outside the window creates a new window, dropping it inside an existing window adds the tab to that window. Built in task manager that lets you kill unresponsive tabs/plugins. Built in memory profiler when you want to know what site is eating all your memory. "Speed Dial" page also has a list of frequently used site specific searches, and a list of tabs you recently closed. UI is fantastic, it gets out of your way as much as possible, with nice subtle touches (like the tab animation, or the way the domain is slightly darker then the rest of the url) And finally, the performance is more the "slightly faster". I have no idea why, but pages seem to render faster, and start time is next to zero.

Now, opera invented a lot of that stuff, and most of it is available through plugins on firefox. However, (in my opinion anyways) the implementation is far better on chrome then I have seen anywhere else. And while (except for the profiler) I literally use all these features multiple times a day, they do not get in your way. Firefox to me is basically a firebug bucket.

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RE[3]: Hallelujah!
by No it isnt on Thu 9th Jul 2009 09:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Hallelujah!"
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Most of those features are in Firefox by default. The task manager and the memory profiler are the only two major things, the rest are minor niceties. "Paste and go" might be nice if you use Windows; on Linux it's more convenient to middle click a URL somewhere in the browser window, or middle click and press enter in the search box.

Chrome's UI looks good, as it gets rid of all the standard information you expect to see in a browser (File, Edit, View ...), but is it? Perhaps on small screens, like some netbooks, it will benefit from hiding the status bar and the menu bar. Personally, I find the unified URL and search field, with auto completion, very confusing. Then again, I also like high resolution screens.

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RE[2]: Hallelujah!
by alangley on Thu 9th Jul 2009 04:25 in reply to "RE: Hallelujah!"
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We don't actually make use of SELinux yet, it's just pulled in via other libraries. We will in the future however, although the extent of that use it still up in the air.

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