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[2]: Hallelujah!
by google_ninja on Thu 9th Jul 2009 00:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Hallelujah!"
google_ninja
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2006-02-05

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!"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

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[4]: Hallelujah!
by google_ninja on Thu 9th Jul 2009 13:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Hallelujah!"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

again, to each his own. I don't really care if nobody else uses chrome, just so long as google doesn't stop putting effort into it.

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