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.
Ars Technica has been keeping up with the Linux builds of Chromium, and they found out that the browser recently gained functionality which allows it to blend in more thoroughly with the rest of your desktop. Chromium settled on Gtk+ for its toolkit, and now the browser window will take its appearance from the theme you’ve currently set.
An option appeared in the options dialog that will tell Chromium to adopt the icons and colours of your currently set Gtk+ theme. In addition, you can tell Chromium to adopt the titlebar of your choosing instead of the default Aero-esque variant.
As the screenshots over at Ars Technica show, there’s still a a lot of work to be done on these new features, but it’s a very welcome step in the right direction. Linux fans will certainly enjoy these features which I believe are not available on the Windows version of Chrome. While this isnt’t much of a problem on Vista/7 (the glass colour adapts to your settings), you’re pretty much stuck with the weird blue Aero-esque bar on Windows XP, which just looks plain weird.
This proves that the Chromium team is committed to an optimal user experience on Linux. Rejoice!