Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Jul 2010 15:56 UTC, submitted by Jonathan DePrizio
Linux Maverick Meerkat, the version of Ubuntu slated to be released later this year, brings with it several features and improvements that the Linux community has been eagerly looking forward to. I've taken a look at the blueprints for this next release, and picked out a few of the major items that Linux end-users will be interested in. Here are 5 things to look forward to in Ubuntu 10.10.
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Chromium
by MamiyaOtaru on Mon 19th Jul 2010 16:25 UTC
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2005-11-11

"Chromium as the default netbook browser"

I guess most netbooks have hard drives now, but IMHO for your classic SSD based netbook Chrome isn't entirely ideal since there is no way to turn off disk caching

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RE: Chromium
by vivainio on Mon 19th Jul 2010 17:32 in reply to "Chromium"
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2008-12-26


I guess most netbooks have hard drives now, but IMHO for your classic SSD based netbook Chrome isn't entirely ideal since there is no way to turn off disk caching


I have a classic SSD based netbook (asus eee 900) running Lucid, and Chrome is much, much faster than Firefox there.

They have an interesting way of spinnig it:

Ubuntu 10.10 aims to improve netbook support (using its Ubuntu Netbook Edition release), and part of this is a migration to the light-weight Chromium browser.


I wouldn't call Chromium "light weight", it's just faster. It's not like it's a reduced experience or anything (improved security through process separation, etc).

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RE[2]: Chromium
by dylansmrjones on Tue 20th Jul 2010 07:26 in reply to "RE: Chromium"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Chromium (and WebKit-based browsers in general) ARE light-weight. Not in terms of functionality or supported standards (not that "light-weight" was ever intended to have that meaning).

The browser is light-weight in regard to resource consumption when compared with browsers like IE and Firefox. There has never (until now) been any doubt about the meaning of light-weight in regard to WebKit-based browsers. It loads faster, is less sluggish (particularly in regard to flash-infested sites), is less prone to crashing, and uses less memory and typically also less cpu time (all bets are off when visiting flash-infested sites).

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RE[2]: Chromium
by renox on Tue 20th Jul 2010 07:44 in reply to "RE: Chromium"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

"
I guess most netbooks have hard drives now, but IMHO for your classic SSD based netbook Chrome isn't entirely ideal since there is no way to turn off disk caching


I have a classic SSD based netbook (asus eee 900) running Lucid, and Chrome is much, much faster than Firefox there.
"

You misunderstood: he was taking about the lifetime of a SSD not the speed of Chrome with a SSD:
a MLC SSD has a not-so-great maximum number of write before it fails so you can improve the lifetime of a SSD if you turn off disk caching..

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RE: Chromium
by CapEnt on Mon 19th Jul 2010 17:34 in reply to "Chromium"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

Today's SSDs are not that bad, they can take the load without reliability problems due wearing. (100,000 cycles per cell of modern SSDs are pretty hard to hit even without wear leveling).

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RE: Chromium
by Anonymous Coward on Tue 20th Jul 2010 10:46 in reply to "Chromium"
Anonymous Coward Member since:
2005-07-06

I think it would be cool if there was a lightweight netbook-centric web browser with an interface similar to the Moblin browser, but with more features. (I'm not talking anything special either.....that browser doesn't even have most basic features)

It should be based on one of the webkit variants, and have a minimalist navigation/address bar with a simple bookmarks menu....maybe 25 to 30 pixels tall with the window controls tacked on to the right hand side of it.

-Back/Forward/History Combo- -Refresh/Stop Combo- -Home/Bookmarks Combo (home is just a special bookmark)- -Address/search combo- -minimize/maximize combo- -close-

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