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Google Chrome Is Out of Beta

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the could-be-a-contender dept.

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BitZtream writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine, claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parties."

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Credit where credit is due (5, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081681)

I have to give the Chrome team credit. Chrome has been improving in stability and usability almost like magic. From day to day, it seems like problems I had previously just disappear. As it turns out, Chrome has an automatic updater that runs in the background. The browser is constantly and silently upgrading itself as the Chrome team push out new updates. The results are quite impressive.

If you'd reading this in chrome and want to force the most recent update, just go to the "About" screen. Chrome will tell you if an update is available and allow you to manually run the updater. There's a good chance that most users are already updated, but it doesn't hurt to check.

The killer feature that I still think is missing is the ability to exit and save tabs. Chrome can Restore after a crash (most of the time), but you can't manually restart the browser without loosing the history you have open. Another issue I wish they'd fix is remembering the last save directory when doing a "Save As...". I realize that keeping a single Downloads directory is userfriendly, but using it as the default location when the user is overriding the download location is annoying. If I need to download 10 files, I need to navigate to the same directory 10 times. That's just ridiculous.

Otherwise my gripes are mostly minor and have no real bearing on its use in day to day activities. (e.g. I hate that I can't view the properties of an image. Sometimes I need to verify that its under a certain size. Or that there's no easy method of tracking page errors.) Thankfully, most of my gripes are developer-related and are better served by keeping a copy of FireFox around.

Kudos to Google for working on another alternative to Internet Explorer! If Chrome and Firefox can each grab a significant marketshare, Internet Explorer's hold over the Internet will disappear. Firefox's popularity has already caused it to wane. I look forward to the day when using IE will net you nothing but pages telling you to upgrade your web browser. :-)

just what we need (-1, Troll)

winkydink (650484) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081771)

another browser

Google continues to struggle to find something beyond search that a) they excel at and b) they make money from.

Dear blacks, this song sets your cause back 50 yrs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081801)

This doesn't bode well for the eternal question of who is the smarter primate - blacks or gorillas.

"Stanky Legg" - G-Spot Boys

Chorus

Bitch im wild!
Do the stanky leg (3x)
when I hit the dance floor.
I be-
Do the stanky leg (3x)
Bitch Im wild up! (repeat from begining)

Verse 1:

When I hit the dance floor, you know Im doin the stanky leg. (do it!)
Sauce on my ring (ay) then I rub it 'cross your head.
You an h boom cool chick you can do it too.
Jack your feet up in the air and check your Myspace too.
Now you can lean wit it,
now you can drop wit it.
You can switch to the other leg and you can stop wit it.
Now get it, get it (4x)
Now hit the booty do, hit the booty do (2x)
Now you can get wit it, you can get wit it. (2x)

-Chorus-

Verse 2:

Now I cant focus watch me do like my bro (like my bro)
Stick your leg out, dougie fresh, and drop it low.
(bitch in the backround) Look i can can do the stanky leg!
Then go on let me see it.
Ro- roast up your weight and get slide next to me.(ay!)
Ay you better bang yourself cause I can tell that your hot.
I hope you wind it up, lean back and show your socks.
Dip. Dip. Then i want you to stop.
Do the booty do.
Lift it up and let it drop.
-And dont forget...

-Chorus-

Verse 3:

When I slide through the place my slide goes walky but they digg it.
I stick my leg out on the floor and start jiggin.
Wiggly legs, watch me shorties drop it to your feet.
Do the stanky leg watch me step and grab my knee.
Now drop like a goon, but dont chicken noodle soup.
I want see you dropt it, shake that woop da dee doop.
drop that, woop da dee doop
shake that, woop da dee doop (2x)

-Chorus-

Re:Dear blacks, this song sets your cause back 50 (0, Offtopic)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082331)

While that song is silly, don't forget that white people also write stupid music. Gewn Stefani's Hollaback Girl [elyrics.net] for example, or anything recent from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. From the song "Around the World", third chorus:

I know I know for sure/
Neeng neeng yong yong yeeng yong nang nong eeng nay-yong/
I know I know its you/
Neeng neeng yong yong yeeng yong nang nong eeng nay-yong/

That example reminds me of an asterisk comment(which read "nonsense syllables" in the printed music of the Doors' "Roadhouse blues" where Jim Morrison sings:

You gotta roll, roll, roll,/
You gotta thrill my soul, alright./
Roll, roll, roll, roll-a got-ta chee-chay-chow bop-a-lula...[*nonsense syllables]
Thrill my soul./

Re:Dear blacks, this song sets your cause back 50 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082437)

W. T. F.

This is a real song? O_o

Re:just what we need (5, Funny)

PotatoFarmer (1250696) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081867)

They should look into that advertising thing, I hear there's a market.

Re:just what we need (2, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081945)

Meh, it'a all hype.

Re:just what we need (4, Insightful)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082347)

I still don't understand why Google and Sun are offering the same software under different names. Google is backing the Mozilla Foundation while supporting their own Chrome (read: they didn't write Firefox, just back it), and Sun is distributing both OpenOffice and StarOffice. Can somebody please tell me why and how companies can do this?

I would have expected somebody to stand up at a meeting and go "Hey, lets merge the products and save money!" at some point, especially in this growing economic hole (didn't Sun just do a huge layoff, too?)

Re:just what we need (5, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082457)

I still don't understand why Google and Sun are offering the same software under different names.

I would try an explain it with a car industry analogy, but there isn't one.

Re:just what we need (4, Insightful)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082603)

Then let me explain: GM is one company, but releases two virtually identical yet differently-branded trucks with similar names. For example, the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500.

But, as your parent stated, that is very redundant and dosen't make much sense, especially as the companies are clearly suffering(Sun's layoffs vs. GM's bailout).

Re:just what we need (1)

digitalunity (19107) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081899)

What if everywhere you look you see google, and their ads. What if being the advertising monopoly is all they need to be.

Saturating every software niche they can find, from drawing to blogging to news to search, all with their ads on top. Sounds profitable to me.

Re:Credit where credit is due (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081797)

stfu, k?

Re:Credit where credit is due (4, Insightful)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081841)

We are also developing an extensions platform along with support for Mac and Linux.

Bingo. When it reaches the functionality of Firefox I'll be the first to get it. It will give FireFox a run for its money.

Re:Credit where credit is due (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081951)

Stopgap measure: Make a symlink/shortcut from Downloads directory to the desired location. Repeated navigation is less daunting.

Don't forget the WebKit team (5, Insightful)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082041)

The WebKit team and anyone who ever contributed to it should also get praise. Without it Chrome would never have seen the light of day. Google Chrome is essentially Google's chrome around the rendering engine and any tweaks they provided to WebKit.

Re:Don't forget the WebKit team (4, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082089)

I agree. The WebKit team has been simply amazing. Though in Google's defense, parts of the browser are customizations over WebKit. e.g. The V8 Javascript engine is quite a bit different from JSKit or Squirrelfish.

Re:Don't forget the WebKit team (5, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082587)

Except Chrome is light-years better than any other Webkit browser out there. They had some truly innovative and necessary ideas when it came to a multi-process, sandboxed browswer with a virtualized javascript engine. Saying that Webkit deserves all the praise isn't remotely fair. If Webkit alone was enough to light the world on fire, we'd be using Safari. And despite the benchmarks of nightly builds of pure Webkit running like a speed demon, Safari sure doesn't.

Re:Credit where credit is due (5, Informative)

Arionhawk (1115559) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082091)

The killer feature that I still think is missing is the ability to exit and save tabs. Chrome can Restore after a crash (most of the time), but you can't manually restart the browser without loosing the history you have open. Another issue I wish they'd fix is remembering the last save directory when doing a "Save As...". I realize that keeping a single Downloads directory is userfriendly, but using it as the default location when the user is overriding the download location is annoying. If I need to download 10 files, I need to navigate to the same directory 10 times. That's just ridiculous.

That "killer feature" is in there, you just have to turn it on in the options, in the "on start-up" section. You just select the option that says restore the pages that were open last. I agree with you on the saving files thing, that is rather annoying.

Re:Credit where credit is due (1, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082135)

You just select the option that says restore the pages that were open last.

Dude, you just made my day. I wonder when that was added? Or did I simply not notice it back when they released the browser?

Re:Credit where credit is due (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082375)

The killer feature that I still think is missing is the ability to exit and save tabs. Chrome can Restore after a crash (most of the time), but you can't manually restart the browser without loosing the history you have open.

Wrench Menu > Options > Basic > On startup: "Restore the pages that were open last"

I've never had any problems closing the browser and losing my "tab space".

Re:Credit where credit is due (5, Interesting)

Homr Zodyssey (905161) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082631)

The "Updater" killed it for me. I downloaded/installed Chrome, browsed a little and thought 'ooh isn't this neat.' Then, I killed it and fired up a video game. It was slower. I looked in my Task Manager and there's GoogleUpdater running. I uninstalled Chrome and never looked back.

I really don't care if they want to run an updater when I'm using Chrome. But I don't want software installing stupid stuff to run in the background when the software isn't being used. Its why I hate iTunes and Tivo Desktop. I'm even a little annoyed at Sun (Java Updater).

My machine is over 5 years old. I don't have the resources to allow every new piece of software to run some updater in the background, nor do I have the resources to go out and by a new machine right now.

Re:Credit where credit is due (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082641)

You CAN exit and save tabs.

Wrench -> Options -> Basic -> On Startup -> Restore the pages that were open last.

Out of beta? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081727)

Am I the only one surprised just to hear that Google has taken something out of beta?

Re:Out of beta? (5, Funny)

Hordeking (1237940) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081879)

Am I the only one surprised just to hear that Google has taken something out of beta?

No, and you ain't in Kansas, neither.

Re:Out of beta? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081933)

[citation needed]

Re:Out of beta? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082455)

Picasa went out of Beta not too long ago there.
That was when we were all laughing.

Surprised (2, Interesting)

fredstrading (1426003) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081729)

I'm surprised, Google never takes anything out of Beta.. I've been using Chrome since it was first available, haven't had many issues with it. Seems stable to me.

Re:Surprised (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081897)

Thats what I thought... "But, but it hasn't even been a year!"

Anyway, let me know when we can get it from the Ubuntu repositories...

Addons (4, Insightful)

kinocho (978177) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081731)

I am sorry, I can not conceive the internet any more without add-block...

Re:Addons (5, Funny)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082233)

I am sorry, I can not conceive the internet any more without add-block...

I find that subtraction works well.

Re:Addons (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082643)

You can't add things on the internet because it's all 1's and 0's, you have to do two's complement and add to subtract in binary.

Re:Addons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082675)

HOSTSman

Privoxy

PeerGuardian

Much better than AdBlock will ever be.
AdBlock is literally "for noobs".

Also, if you want it THAT much right now, there is a userscript adblocker
http://userscripts.org/scripts/review/33482
For Greasemonkey, which has limited support just now.

NOOO!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081761)

Out of beta!!!! There are no more certainties in our lives!

Still no Mac / Linux support. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081783)

I'd love to try it, but I'm still waiting for the Mac and Linux ports. But I guess if they take it out of beta before those are out, it's not on the top of their list.

That's nice... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081813)

What about Gmail?

OEM deals (5, Insightful)

javacowboy (222023) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081827)

I'm sure Google is trying to work out deals with OEM's to bundle Chrome on Windows PC's. Obviously, they can't do this while the browser still carries the "beta" tag, which is akin to a scarlet letter.

It's interesting they chose to drop out of "beta" before they implemented one of their supposed top features, namely, cross-platform compatibility.

Re:OEM deals (1)

powerlord (28156) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082503)

Just out of curiosity, is this the fastest a Google product has ever gone from "released as Beta" to "its not Beta, its Production"?

Call me when it runs on Linux (n/t) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081849)

n/t

Hands down the fastest browser (1)

Blood_PuP (303276) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081851)

While it seems to have gotten slower since some of its earlier versions like (0.2.149.30) it is still by far the fastest browser by a pretty big margin when comparing javascript with DOM interaction.

In the jsballs fight timedemo [jsballs.com] it is twice as fast as the next closest browser. Chrome 1 completes it in 21 seconds while Safari 3.2 takes 46 seconds.

almost (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081875)

Now to just get gmail out of beta...

Still no Mac version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081907)

Although even the founders of the company told press that they are ashamed of the lack of Mac version, now it is out of the beta and still no luv for Macs... Sigh.

Make me moo. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26081913)

I buy my saline kits from Chase Union Ltd in Movi, Michigan. The cost of a 1000 cc bag of sterile saline, drip tubing, sterile wipes (to wipe down your sac and all around) and catheter needle is with shipping around $25.
You can call them at +01 (248) 348-8191 and ask for item "MF 100" a scrotal inflation kit.

To do the saline, take the bag of saline and put in a microwave for about 5.5 minutes at low heat to warm to a bit above body temperature;about 100 degrees or so. Unwrap the outer plastic packaging and put the saline bag aside. Unwrap the drip tubing which comes with the kit and move the clamping system down toward the end opposite the vial type thing and CLOSE IT SHUT. Take the larger end of the drip tubing and uncap the protective cap........open the warmed bag of saline and remove the clear cap. Insert the drip tubing nozzle into the saline bag opening. Find a curtain rod, pot rack (which i have and use in the kitchen) shower rod or something elevated above you. Hang the bag of saline with the tubing attached and shut off. THEN VERY IMPORTANT. SQUEEZE SOME OF THE SALINE INTO THE VIAL ABOUT HALF WAY -THEN OPEN THE CLAMPING DEVICE AND BLEED ALL AIR OUT OF THE TUBING. YEAH YOU LOOSE A LITTLE BIT OF SALINE BUT THIS IS A MUST. YOU DON'T WANT ANY AIR OR AIR BUBBLES IN THE DRIP TUBING! REPLACE THE CAP ON THE WORKING END OF THE TUBING.

Before hand, while the bag of saline is warming either take a hot shower, or fill a basin or kitchen sink with very warm water sit in it for 4-7 minutes. The idea is to warm your ballsac skin up and let it get loose and hang.

When you have finished warming your sac, and you have the bag of saline (BLED FROM AIR), you are ready to grow.

With your sac still very warm use the wipes provided with the kit to wipe down your cock and ballsac. By the way, you will want an adjustable leather cock ring , nylon rope, or other type of removable cock/ball ring to wrap around cock and ballsac after inserting the catheter needle.

With you sac still warm and wiped down with antiseptics, sit in a chair with a towel underneath. Open the catheter needle don't get pansy here but with one hand, take the catheter needle and the teflon sheath that covers it and WITH THE OTHER HAND TAKE YOUR BALLSAC MOVING YOUR COCK OUT OF THE WAY AND DECIDE ON THE LOCATION OF THE INTENDED CATHETER NEEDLE. YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON THE AREA EITHER TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR BALLSAC AND UP CLOSE TO WHERE THE COCK CONNECTS. YOU PLACE THE CATHETER NEEDLE RIGHT BELOW THE COCK OR A LITTLE LOWER BUT TO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER OF THE DARKER SKIN DIVIDING SKIN WHICH IS IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR SAC.

DON'T GET SQUEEMISH BECAUSE THIS DOES NOT HURT. BUT INSERT THE CATHETER STRAIGHT DOWN CAUTIOUSLY INTO YOUR SAC. MOVE YOUR TESTICLE ASIDE YOU ARE GOING TO GO INTO THE BALLSAC CAVITY NOT THE TESTICLE.

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE A PRICK SENSATION,THEN A POP SENSATION AS THE CATHETER NEEDLE PIERCES THE MUSCLE TISSUE OF THE SCROTUM.

KEEP PUSHING THE CATHETER NEEDLE IN. IF IT GOES IN AND YOU FEEL FROM THE OTHER/OPPOSITE SIDE OF YOUR BALLSAC THAT THE NEEDLE IS THERE, THEN STOP.

Pull out the needle itself leaving the teflon sheath inserted into you sac. Tie yourself (cock and balls) off with some sort of removable cock ring or rope or robe tie or whatever.

Sit down, don' t plan to move around too much for the next 30 minutes - hour. Have your beers/soft drinks or whatever already out of the fridge. You will want to stay idle and focused while you do this.

While sitting, and close to the hanging bag of saline and the drip tubing, remove the protective cover of the end of the drip tubing, connect the drip tubing to the catheter sheath in you sac. THEN START ADJUSTING THE CLAMPING DEVICE OPEN TO ALLOW SALINE DRIPPING TO APPEAR IN THE VIAL UP BY THE BAG OF SALINE. ADJUST FOR AN EVEN DRIP DRIP DRIP FLOW AND NOT A STEADY STREAM OF SALINE.

If the saline doesn't drip at first, try pulling the catheter sheath out a bit until you at first experience a small burning sensation;it goes away almost immediately.
Work on the sheath depth and the clamp until you get a good flow of saline going into your sac.

Don't move around too much......or be cognizant of how much you move around while the saline drips into and starts to bloat out your sac. You can always shut off the flow of saline with the clamp, disconnect and move around take a p, whatever......
If you disconnect, take the small stopper thing that is still attached to the needle and plug the teflon sheath to prevent leakage.

I like to use liquid vitamin E on my sac while it stretching and expanding;you should / can put oil or handcream on your sac while it is expanding. The sac is very stretchable but to expand up to 18-20 inches within an hour or so stresses the tissues,so things need to be lubricated somewhat..

GO SLOWLY.DON'T TRY TO REACH A MAX THE FIRST TIME. GO WITH WHAT YOUR BODY/SAC IS FEELING THEN STOP.

When you have finished doing the amount of saline you want to, feel comfortable with, can accept, close off the saline bag with the clamp, and disconnect.

Over filling/stress of the sac can cause osmosis leaking/sweating.. Do an amount of saline at first that is comfortable and not stressfull/hurting by all means. I have over done before and.you don't want to walk around with your sac dripping water out of it.and the after results cause chapping etc which takes a few days to peel and recover from.

Some of the saline is going to migrate into your cock. Your cock girth is going to become much larger than you have ever experienced.

AFTER YOU DISCONNECT FROM THE SALINE BAG, SIT AND WITH "SUPER GLUE", YES SUPER GLUE ON HAND, WITHDRAW THE CATHETER SHEATH.
AND WITH A TOWEL, PLACE SOME PRESSURE OVER THE HOLE THE NEEDLE CREATED......YOU MAY HAVE SOME BLOOD OR BLOOD MIXED WITH SALINE TRYING TO EXIT YOUR SAC! THEREFORE THE TOWELS

DON'T WORRY KEEP PRESSURE OVER AND DOWN ONTO THE HOLE FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO LET THINGS REST AND ANY BLOOD COAGULATE.

REMOVE THE "PRESSURE" TOWEL AND WITH SUPER GLUE, PLACE A FEW DROPS ON THE HOLE TO HOPEFULLY SEAL IT UP QUICKLY. KEEP THE COCK RING OR EQUIVALENT ON DURING THIS AND CONTINE TO LUBE YOUR SAC.

IF ALL IS GOING VERY WELL, IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES, YOUR SAC AND THE HOLE IS SEALED AND YOU ARE DONE.

IF ALL THINGS ARE NOT GOING WELL, YOU MIGHT NOT GET A GOOD SEAL THE FIRST TIME JUST PEAL OFF THE SUPER GLUE RESIDUE AND START OVER.

At first your sac will be very tight,but over the next few hours or over night, keeping the cock ring on less tightly or without a cock ring your sac will relax and begin to stretch.

The saline will take a couple of days or more to absorb into you body. That is okay,Saline is sterile water adjusted to normal body PH.

Enjoy it, flaunt it if you are inclined, watch the perm stretch and sac tissue growth that happens over time.

You will need to p a little more often than regular as the saline absorbs into your body, but just enjoy the weight and feel of what is between your legs.

I hope this helps....If your nuts and sac are normally pretty big or even small and you want more, this will blow you away with the results.

Take care

Neat - Mac OS X ? Linux? (5, Insightful)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081919)

Call me when I can get it in .dmg format, or just sudo apt-get install GoogleChrome

Re:Neat - Mac OS X ? Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082051)

Use aptitude, it tracks dependencies better. (sudo aptitude install GoogleChrome)

Re:Neat - Mac OS X ? Linux? (4, Funny)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082231)

Yeah, not releasing on all three major platforms seems pretty brain-.dmg'ed.

I'm seeing a pattern, though. Could it be that developing cross-platform applications is something for which Google doesn't have any aptitude?

Re:Neat - Mac OS X ? Linux? (1)

bledri (1283728) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082525)

Yeah, not releasing on all three major platforms seems pretty brain-.dmg'ed.

I personally run Mac OS X, work on Linux and only use Windows to test against IE [1], so I understand the frustration. But I find it hard to believe that one can't understand hitting 90% of the market as quickly as possible and them filling in as much of the remaining 10%. It's not brain-damaged, it's pragmatic.

[1] All of this on my Mac using VMware Fusion in unity-mode which is pretty slick. Oh and I also run Chrome and can't wait for the Mac OS X version.

Re:Neat - Mac OS X ? Linux? (3, Insightful)

AdamPee (1243018) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082671)

I'd say this is kind of a point. I don't think you should be taking something out of beta before you have reached all of your core beginning announced goals, or announced that you're giving the bugger to it. The point is, that they announced that it is supposed to be cross platform, that it kind of like leaving the tires off your car and calling it close enough.

But does it run Linux? (2, Interesting)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26081949)

All these speed boosts annoy me. I open it FF in Linux, it runs at roughly 1/2 the speed it does in Windows. Of course, I've been using the same profile for roughly 5 years, so that might have something to do with it (and I've only been a Linux user for 1.5 it's a miracle my profile still works.)

Still, when I reboot to Windows, Chrome vs. Firefox? Can't tell the difference, in terms of speed. Usability, Firefox wins hands down. Hotkeys, flashblock, Firebug (when flashblock isn't enough), reopen closed tab. ( I don't want that memory freed every time I close a tab, thank you very much. I'm just doing it to unclutter my workspace. I may need that tab back in a minute, and I'd rather it not vaporize to reclaim 1% of my memory, especially when I am doing nothing with it but browse the web. )

Call me when:
a) Chrome is available on Linux with similar benchmarks
b) I can easily correct my error if I accidentally close a tab.
c) They give me my menu bar back / provide analogous hotkeys for every option concealed behind the buttons.

Re:But does it run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082137)

b) ctrl + shift + t

PS: What you are only browsing the web with your computer? No long running mathematical simulation running to reveal the secrets of the universe? I'm not sure you belong on slashdot.

Re:But does it run Linux? (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082387)

I use the campus machines for that. My single core machine I bought in 2005? Really?

And I suppose, I also run Emacs, half a dozen terminals, and Amarok. However, all told, they still leave enough memory that I really don't care how much firefox uses, just so it's fast.

Re:But does it run Linux? (3, Insightful)

LMacG (118321) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082243)

> b) I can easily correct my error if I accidentally close a tab

When you open a new tab, a list of recently closed tabs is available.

Aside from that, and it's been covered all over this post, they've publicly stated that they are working on Mac and Linux versions, as well as an add-on framework.

Most importantly, nobody is forcing you to use Chrome. If your list of requirements is absolute, then just don't use it. Simple.

Re:But does it run Linux? (3, Insightful)

Bashae (1250564) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082267)

I prefer Firefox (3) and am a Firefox user, but as a web developer, I have observed that Chrome is faster and more efficient. You can see it more clearly in certain, more complex rendering situations - For example, text scrolling on top of a fixed background image.

Personally, what I miss in Chrome (more than the menu bar) is the status bar. I like hovering the mouse pointer above links and quickly seeing what they all do before I actually click them. I also can't understand the absence of the stop button. I know I can press escape, but it's not exactly a feature that should be that hidden.

Re:But does it run Linux? (1)

Kyle_Katarn-(ISF) (982133) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082435)

I also can't understand the absence of the stop button. I know I can press escape, but it's not exactly a feature that should be that hidden.

It isn't hidden when the page is loading; look at the right end of the address bar.

Re:But does it run Linux? (1)

Bashae (1250564) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082667)

Oh, thanks. That partially solves that problem. Is there a way to stop annoying background music in the websites that have it?

you want hotkeys? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082471)

if you close a tab by mistake.. ctrl-shift T , or look at the new tab menu.

Is that two in one?

No Linux support? (4, Insightful)

IGnatius T Foobar (4328) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082047)

Sorry Google, but if you're looking to finish what Netscape started -- namely, making the Internet an application delivery platform that does an end-run around Microsoft's monopoly -- you had damn well better make Linux, Macintosh, and appliance-embeddable versions available before you remove the "beta" label.

Re:No Linux support? (1)

TurboNed (1370389) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082291)

There's nothing to prevent them from releasing Mac and/or Linux Chrome Beta. Just because the Windows tree is in a stable, polished, "finished" version (as much as Google software is ever "finished") doesn't mean that they can't apply the Beta tag to other ports of the tree.

direct download / standalone installer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082079)

http://cache.pack.google.com/chrome/install/154.36/chrome_installer.exe

I really don't like how their stub installer seems to send all sorts of strange information to several google domains.

Everyone except Microsoft welcomes Chrome (5, Funny)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082123)

"We absolutely promise that we only want to completely screw over Microsoft [today.com] with this, and certainly not Mozilla Firefox," said Google's Sundar Pichai. "That we put a pile of our sponsored Mozilla developers on the project is completely irrelevant. We're not evil, remember."

"We are so, so happy with Google Chrome," mumbled Mozilla CEO John Lilly through gritted teeth. "That most of our income is from Google has no bearing on me making this statement."

Microsoft was unfazed. "Browsers don't need to be integrated with online apps," said marketing developer Ian Moulster. "Certainly not like the operating system ... I'll just get back to you."

Google's new browser will give you their web and email services, photo processing, mapping, office applications that will run in said browser and will make you a cup of tea. This is all paid for by personally-directed text ads in your tea leaves, based on analysing a DNA sample taken when you sip the tea and sending your genetic code back to Google for future targeting.

Pichai stressed that Google would maintain complete confidentiality within the marketing department of whatever the browser accessed concerning your confidential business data, bank account details, medical information and personal preferences in pornography. "We're Google. We know where you live. In a completely not evil way. Sponsored link: Get Chrome Browsers on google.com. Or we'll make you use Windows Live."

Can't download it here (1)

aardwolf64 (160070) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082129)

Well, my company specifically blocks download of Chrome. Maybe they know something I don't.

Good! (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082629)

Yes. We know something you don't.

Every search and keystroke is recorded, aggregated and inspected by "GOOG".

My clients have sensitive work and client lists that can not be known by their competitors or the public. Having GOOG know about it is unacceptable.

Give your network team a thumbs up for me.

The only reason Google is "free" is because YOU are the product. YOU and all the data, searches and clicks are sold to marketers and advertisers and most likely the government.

btw, who do you work for? I'll call them and thank them myself.

Attn: Network admins Security issue (1, Interesting)

semifamous (231316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082157)

This program installs itself to %userprofile% instead of %programfiles%

lUsers without admin privileges can install this, introducing unwanted software to your network and creating security issues.

I believe Google must fix this, but I don't think they will unless people start demanding it.

Any suggestions as to where we can do that where they might actually listen?

Re:Attn: Network admins Security issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082311)

Just give it to your users, then? If you're supplying such a slow browser that your users are looking for a faster one, perhaps it's your fault.

Re:Attn: Network admins Security issue (4, Insightful)

rtfa-troll (1340807) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082447)

If your security policy relies on users not being able to install software but the users can install software, you have a problem; not Google.

Re:Attn: Network admins Security issue (4, Informative)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082515)

(Please note, I say this as the IT guy who locks stuff down)

Chrome's behavior is shared with many other newer programs(usually if you install them with the "just for me" rather than "for all users" option) and is a good thing. Programs that break unnecessarily because of lack of permissions they don't need are a bad thing. This is all part of the move away from legacy single-user design crap, where virtually everything requires arbitrary rights, programs die if they aren't in C:/Program Files, and there is poor or no separation between immutable system files and commonly modified user files.

If tightly controlling installed applications is necessary, you can use signature or hash based execution restrictions, and solve the problem the right way, rather than relying on the behavior of third parties.

Re:Attn: Network admins Security issue (5, Insightful)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082695)

So, you mean, it was written properly and doesn't require admin rights. So assuming you've properly configured your PC and network this software is not a major threat since it never needs to elevate itself to admin status. It can still damage files and network resources your user has access to, but thats generally far less damaging than taking over the entire PC and effective any user that logs into it or any network resource it has access to.

Your comment is extremely ignorant and indicates that you have no clue about being a network or systems admin. You can run firefox on any windows machine that has a writable directory on it, same for almost all properly written software. Good luck running a windows PC without a writable directory some where, you'll break to many legitimate apps.

So if your idea of 'security' is because the 'installer' doesnt write to any other directory than the 'program files' directory, then you have no security at all. What do you do about the people who install software on their own PC at home then just copy the files to a USB drive, bring it to your network and copy those files to the %TEMP% directory, or their %USERPROFILE% or %APPDATA% directories, all of which you will typically have write access to?

Google isn't going to 'fix' this 'issue' because the 'issue' is with the person who thinks a flaw, no amount of complaining to anyone is going to help you, all the people you would be complaining to have about a billtion times more of a clue than you do about the 'issue'.

FF for Linux does suck quite a lot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082173)

And it's on linux! ...
No, wait, it's just another browser for a platform that already has plenty good ones like FF and Opera.

Re:FF for Linux does suck quite a lot. (2, Insightful)

karlwilson (1124799) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082391)

"FF for Linux does suck quite a lot." "Will it run on Linux" is the question, not "how well does it run on Linux."

40% or 140% or alpha-bravo % ? (1)

alexandre (53) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082205)

1.4 times better is marketing speech for 40% better and not 140% right? :P

What Chrome still needs (1)

br00tus (528477) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082227)

* The ability to print a document without the date, the web page URL etc. on the header/footer
* The ability to block images per web server (or at all) like Firefox can

Re:What Chrome still needs (4, Insightful)

ducomputergeek (595742) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082443)

I'm sure that someone will make a plug-in to block the advertising, but considering that Google is an advertising company that sells web ads as their life blood, I can't see them offering ad-blocking in their own product out of the box. Unless it blocks all ads save for the ones from Google.

It isn't going to replace Opera on my desktop anytime soon, but then again, they'd have to release versions for Mac, Linux, and FreeBSD for it even to run on any of my desktops.

Chrome is out of beta after less than a year (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082269)

...and yet GMail isn't after how long?

Surpised to be honest... (1)

fubarific (776328) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082383)

I love Google as much as the next person, however as of late Chrome has been crashing more and more for me and I've been turning back to Firefox.

Never mind that when I installed this update Chrome crashed when I restarted it...

I hope my position is unique.

Ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26082409)

but when is it coming to Linux? I use it in Windows on my other PC and I can barely stand firefox on my linux box now. Chrome is so clean and nice to use. Please, Google!

I know its unpopular to bag on the Mighty Google (5, Interesting)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082429)

But... Have they removed that "Big Brotherly" unique ID "feature", that each of the Chrome Beta installations came with, that loudly identified you on the web?

Re:I know its unpopular to bag on the Mighty Googl (3, Informative)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082723)

I only used Chrome for a day before going back to Adblock Plus and Firefox, but I swore there was an option to turn this off.

Then again Google already has tons of my private data via email and I'm not overtly paranoid. If you want a version of Chrome that doesn't phone home at all, check out Iron.

Congratulations, Google! (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082571)

Glad to hear the best browser on the web is out of beta! I look forward to seeing where it goes from here a great deal.

Bummer (2)

doktorstop (725614) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082607)

Followed the link, went to Google page, actually READ the announcement.. got all excited... had a quick argument with myself why it was time to ditch Firefox and won it.... looked ant whether I have a system backup just in case... sighted... pressed the Download link...

*drums* ... only to discover that it is Windows-only! So we people with Macs and Linuxes can have a bit more time before we get totally googelized.
Amen

Linux on the desktop (1)

Ikipou (1193603) | more than 5 years ago | (#26082719)

With Chrome, 2009 is definitely going to be the year of Linux for the desktop. oh, wait...
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