Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Jul 2009 21:44 UTC
Google One of the more controversial features of Google's Chrome/Chromium web browser is the way it handles updates. Contrary to other browsers, updates on Chrome are installed silently and automatically, without asking for the user's consent. While convenient and effective, it was also a security risk and sometimes it slowed people's machines down. Google now proposes a fix called Courgette.
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Firefox already has it
by vijayd81 on Thu 16th Jul 2009 22:53 UTC
vijayd81
Member since:
2008-07-18

It may not be exact same technology but firefox has incremental updates. They are called "mar" files. I believe their auto-updates use that. Also, you can download them from their ftp site (in update folder) and install them manually (filenames end with partial.mar)

Mozilla has not advertised it like Google. I am surprised that people are saying Google invented this cool feature.

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RE: Firefox already has it
by sbergman27 on Thu 16th Jul 2009 23:24 in reply to "Firefox already has it"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

It may not be exact same technology but firefox has incremental updates. They are called "mar" files.

No. Actually, MAR files use a variation on the same "bsdiff" algorithm that Google has been using, and has found to be unsatisfactory. Google's new approach looks to be 10x more effective. So no, Firefox doesn't have anything even remotely like it.

I've been saying for ages that we needed competition in the OSS browser area, and that the Firefox monopoly was bad, bad bad. (Konqueror? Oh, please...) And I'm beginning to feel vindicated, thanks to Google and the Webkit guys.

Edited 2009-07-16 23:25 UTC

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RE[2]: Firefox already has it
by Blomma on Fri 17th Jul 2009 11:30 in reply to "RE: Firefox already has it"
Blomma Member since:
2005-07-06

Right, i think i can keel over and die now. Firefox being called a monopoly was the last thing on my list of things i thought i'd never hear.

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