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RockMelt: Google Chrome, Only Better

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the red-hot-magma dept.

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Barence writes "PC Pro has an in-depth review of RockMelt, a new browser which it claims is better than Google Chrome. RockMelt is built on the same Chromium core as Google's browser, but adds a host of social networking, news feed and search features that elevate it above Chrome. The App Edge, for example, 'allows you to set up feeds for anything from your Twitter or Gmail accounts to your favourite news sites, and get a little iPhone-style numeric reminder of the number of items awaiting your attention.' It does, however, lack Chrome's built-in Flash, PDF and audio players."

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So... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911342)

It lacks features that would make it a better browser (like the awesome PDF reader), and adds social networking an an RSS reader, which I can just get by going to the appropriate websites on any browser. Great.

Re:So... (5, Insightful)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911414)

Sounds more like "Google Chrome, only Worse, much worse" to me.

Re:So... (3, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911528)

Does any body here remember when the Internet didn't suck the life out of you, and exhaust your will to see tomorrow?

Thanks!

Re:So... (2)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911764)

How is not liking features that can be added via plug-ins and not liking that actual useful features are removed not seeing tomorrow?

The whole article reads like a press release from RockMelt. I know I won't be downloading this, I'll stick with Chrome.

Re:So... (5, Insightful)

Bacon Bits (926911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911960)

Does any body here remember when the Internet didn't suck the life out of you, and exhaust your will to see tomorrow?

Well, SlashDot was founded in 1997 and Fark in 1999, so... no.

Re:So... (1)

TheCouchPotatoFamine (628797) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912190)

check my UID. that sounds very familiar. Perhaps we need help... (article to the left, support group line up to the right...:)

Re:So... (1)

TouchAndGo (1799300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912712)

Have Fark open in the other tab so I'm getting a kick, etc.

Re:So... (1)

bipbop (1144919) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912774)

You weren't online before 1997? What are you doing on /.?

Re:So... (3, Funny)

Bacon Bits (926911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912802)

Of course I was online before 1997. I just try not to remember it!

Re:So... (3, Informative)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912458)

Oh Lord yes, sadly the little childrens here now probably don't remember those days...sigh. Remember when most webpages were just text, with maybe a JPG or GIF?

Before the days of Geocities with purple pages with snot green text, or the wonderful dose of the clap that was Comet Cursors, which would make a Bart Simpson start jabbering where your mouse was or the REALLY evil fucker, the dreaded "Pocketwatch from hell" that would slam the living shit out of your nice OC'd Celeron 300A and make the entire machine drag like a 386 running Win95, thanks to its wonderful "snotball physics" that would cause the damned thing to swing and sway like a damned ball and cup game when you tried to move?

Ah those were the days, no tweeting twating facebook farting narcissistic bullshit, just text and email, and that was it. No 24/7/365 mobile twiddle twaddle, no smart this or pad that, you just walked away from your desktop and you were actually away from everything!

Life was so simple back then, no fb updating, no MMOs, no craziness like paying real money for virtual crap, just simple and easy. Sure we would have killed for something better than out shotgunned modems, and you sure as hell didn't download anything better than a 64k MP3, hell you didn't even have space for it if you did! But life was simpler then, just text and BBS, your handy notebook with IP addresses, and no endless piles of noobs running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Now get off my lawn!

Re:So... (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912620)

I stil have a long haul wager that updating and twiddle will go up in fireworks when The Event happens, in whichever form it comes first. What strikes me as funny is how the media "as portrayed on FA's on Slashdot & Fark" doesn't seem to get it, not all of it. I always screw up this metaphor, but call it classic Boiled Frog/Lobster. Does no one see:

- "move to the cloud and go mobile!" vs "Let's reduce mobile bandwidth and have AT&T finally fess up to years of network neglect"
- "Facebook using your real names" vs "Geotagging even when you think you're being understated about your whereabouts"
- "National Trusted ID's in Cyberspace" vs "Felony Misclicks for streaming as well as copying"
- That glorious mix of chaos when we can't figure out if Govs & Corps are being Stupid or Evil?

Call it the Kent State 2.0. When The Event (Events Plural?) finally land, maybe we'll get something like multiplexed triple encrypted ultra-proxies or something and we'll be at Web 3.0. Bet Short on Facebook - just at the right time so that one last spike doesn't get you first.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911788)

It's nice looking like chrome but it's way too cluttered. That's why I prefer Chrome to everything else, its simplicity.

Re:So... (2)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912668)

I wonder why most of the web browsers are heading down the UI simplicity route (which people seem to like), while websites still look as horribly complicated as the one in the article's screenshot [pcpro.co.uk] . It doesn't matter how cluttered the browser is if you have to have a headache pill out after viewing one of these sites.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911848)

Sounds more like "Google Chrome, only Worse, much worse" to me.

In time you will realize that you want^Wneed to twitter to your gmail over facebook.

Re:So... (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911856)

Sounds like "Slashvertisement" to me.

Re:So... (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912302)

I'd agree and add if you wanted "Chrome only better" I'd go with Comodo Dragon [comodo.com] which actually does offer better features IMHO, like better domain validation, the option to use the Comodo secure DNS if you wish, and no phoning home like Chrome.

I'm currently typing this on a 1.8Ghz Sempron I use as a nettop and it is fast, pages load quick, easy to use, its pretty nice actually. ABP and Forecastfox for Chrome work fine on it, current build is Chromium 10, so it isn't out of date nor is it bleeding edge beta.

Besides isn't Flock "Chrome only full of social crap" already? do we really need two Chrome full of social crap builds?

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

Count Fenring (669457) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912682)

Flock is (was, at this point) built on Firefox, but it's the same principle. And no, no-one needs this crap. Anyone who wants social stuff built into their browser can and will do it with an add-on. Anyone who doesn't will ditch a browser for having it.

Re:So... (1)

Draek (916851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911768)

It lacks the features I can easily get from a standalone app, and adds the features I cannot get without opening my browser in the first place.

I'm not one that appreciates this whole "integration" BS, but I admit at least their take has a bit more logic than Chrome's.

Re:So... (1)

Daniel Phillips (238627) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911898)

It lacks the one feature that really matters: open source. Rockmelt will go nowhere in terms of market share, but will still serve the useful purpose of helping Chromium devs avoid complacency. Maybe offer some useful ideas worth integrating. I say, it's all good.

I'm having a little trouble understanding Rockmelt's business model though.

What the fuck does "rock me it" mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912184)

Can somebody please tell me what the fuck the "rock me it" means, and why the fuck it'd be used as the name of a web browser?

Re:What the fuck does "rock me it" mean? (1)

Your.Master (1088569) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912622)

It means you need a font that distinguishes capital I from lowercase l. Those are different letters.

Re:So... (2)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35913022)

Chrome with social polution.
Perhaps it's just me, but I don't really want to watch the faces of my friends lined along both sides of the browser whenever I'm surfing for porn^wnews.

Re:So... (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35913096)

Isn't this sadly the directly that Firefox 5.0 is going? All social and dedicated web-app interfaces and crap? I sure hope all the popular browsers don't go the way of the "real keyboard without a bunch of stupid fucking dedicated 'media keys'".

http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/93.aspx (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911344)

Chrome is the new Benchmark. (1)

pro151 (2021702) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911346)

Everyone wants to be as good as or better than Chrome. Way to go Google!

Re:Chrome is the new Benchmark. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911560)

I think I'll go out and make a better browser myself. From reading this article it sounds pretty easy; start with someone else's work, then add needless trivial bloat onto it which users can just go out and get themselves if they so choose. Viola, my work is better than Google's!

Re:Chrome is the new Benchmark. (1)

HelioWalton (1821492) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912034)

What does a large stringed instrument have to do with it?

Re:Chrome is the new Benchmark. (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912136)

It's playing quietly. Just for you. Your pun was very depressing.

Re:Chrome is the new Benchmark. (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912694)

Your pun was very depressing.

It is not a pun. It is a spelling mistake. A viola is an instrument, while voilà is the exclamation.

Big Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911348)

How does RockMelt deal with the whole Chrome botnet "feature"? Is it removed?

Re:Big Question (1, Insightful)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911688)

The whole topic sounds as if it could be translated: "Just like date rape, only better"

Re:Big Question (0)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35913140)

Prom rape better or consensual sex better?

Flock (5, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911352)

Social media integration was such a great idea, and worked so well for Flock, I don't see why these guys could possibly fail.

Re:Flock (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911440)

Facebook and Twitter. Yeah, that's just what I want and need embedded within my web browser. It's a good thing I'm a 12-year-old girl.

Re:Flock (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911606)

I'm not sure what you are, but if you think that Facebook and Twitter is all 12-year-old girls, I'm sure you're not very clueful.

Durr hurr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911620)

To the Asperger's commenter mobile!

Re:Flock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911940)

You're right, those things are also for gay 17 yr old emo boys and the 73 yr old pedophiles who adore 17 yr old emo boys (gay or not). Also it's for fat and ugly 24 yr old supermarket check-out chicks so they can go batshit crazy at each other about celebs. And it's for 51 yr old wives to go batshit crazy with each other about celebs. The 12 yr old girls don't have FB and twitter all to themselves!

The great thing about that is it means men can use the real Internet without being bothered by the fags and fuckwits who are attracted to FB and twitter like flys to shit.

Re:Flock (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912172)

Wow.. the rage. Did you get stood up one of those types you mentioned?

Re:Flock (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912354)

Wow.. the rage. Did you get stood up one of those types you mentioned?

All of them, actually. It was quite a night I had planned.

Re:Flock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912332)

Don't forget the Feds. FaceBook is their wetdream come true. Instead of having to come up with new ways to spy on their own people, their own people came up with a way to spy on themselves!

Is there a problem, Agent? (0)

furbearntrout (1036146) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911744)

Welcome to the internet, where the men are men, the women are men, too; and the twelve year old girls are FBI agents.

Out with the useless, in with the stupid! (1)

Count Fenring (669457) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911356)

Flock is dead.... short live the Rockmelt!

Flock? (5, Insightful)

wasabioss (1196799) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911362)

They haven't learned the lesson from Flock, have they?

I just want a goddamn browser, without any of the facebook twitter buttons and toolbars and shit. When I want to update my facebook status, I will get there.

Re:Flock? (1)

rsborg (111459) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911430)

They haven't learned the lesson from Flock, have they?

I just want a goddamn browser, without any of the facebook twitter buttons and toolbars and shit. When I want to update my facebook status, I will get there.

Bbbbut they have funding from Andreesen Horowitz! They make facebook more ... face-y. Oh, I give up. This will end poorly, just like Flock. People want the browser-chrome and mechanics of the web to fade out, and let the web content shine.... see how popular low-profile browsing experiences like Chrome and Safari on iPad are.

Re:Flock? (1)

halfey (1516717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911458)

I have nothing against social networking integrated right into a browser. It's up to you whether it's a bad idea or not. If it doesn't feel right to you then you also have to know it doesn't necessarily appear wrong to everybody. It's not about being busy or lazy, it's about convenience. However if it's me, if I want to do those social networking at their respective site, I'll just get the right browser. However if I want to do it without leaving the page I'm currently on, I'll just get the right plugin, which means social networking integration in a browser is not my cup of tea. Think of it like this, people might used to hate integrated download manager in a browser and say "if I want to download I'll just open my download manager software" but today it's a welcomed feature.

Re:Flock? (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911524)

But then why do you need a separate browser for that? Why can't you just have an extension that ads a Twitter sidebar or whatever?

Hell, there's even a Firefox extension that lets you browse SQLite files, I don't see why they couldn't have a social media aggregation extension.

Re:Flock? (1)

RobbieThe1st (1977364) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912000)

You've answered your own questiom there: Opening SQLite files from a nice cross-platform interface? Way useful! Aggregating social media? Why bother.
Oh, I'm sure some kid's made some extension to do just that, but it's not popular because it's not exactly useful. And possibly because all the social-media-addicted-idiots have already switched to Chrome.

Re:Flock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911628)

They haven't learned the lesson from Flock, have they?

I just want a goddamn browser, without any of the facebook twitter buttons and toolbars and shit. When I want to update my facebook status, I will kill myself.

FTFY.

Re:Flock? (1)

dragonhunter21 (1815102) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911756)

I just want a goddamn browser, without any of the facebook twitter buttons and toolbars and shit. When I want to update my facebook status, I will get there.

Wait, wasn't that sort of the point of Chrome in the first place? No-frills, fast, secure browsing?

Re:Flock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911884)

How will they track you then ?
Where will their revenues come from ??
What about the children !!!

...the social browser? (3, Interesting)

Papeh (1812414) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911390)

I'm legitimately curious, are there people out there that are so awfully busy that they need a browser to check the news and Facebook for them? Did it suddenly become old-fashioned to actually type "cnn.com" in the address bar? I'm all for social networking and most everything that's happened in this field for the past few years. But at what point is it taken too far?

Re:...the social browser? (1)

moonbender (547943) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911538)

Eh. Ever heard of Google Reader? It's pretty popular. I use a client-side RSS reader myself, but it's integrated into Firefox as an addon. I like having the RSS reader in-browser, it integrates nicely into the normal "workflow" within the browser UI, and you get stuff like displaying inline YouTube videos for free. It's not about saving time, it's just more convenient to have a software that pull new items, hides stuff you've already seen and presents content from a range of sites in a common format.

That said, I can't say the browser from TFA has me convinced. The UI looks kind of cluttered. But then again, I don't really care about the social networking/sharing/chat stuff they seem to focus on. Their approach to search (read TFA for details) does look intriguing, but I'm not sure how well it works in practice.

Re:...the social browser? (1)

madskyllz (699304) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912110)

I'll admit it; I like Internet Explorer and use it almost exclusively (along with FF and Chrome for web development purposes). However, I've been using RockMelt since the early betas. The thing that got me to even look at it was the fact it has ties to former big wigs from Netscape.

Is it evil? I'm sure. It's hooked fairly tight into FaceBook. Don't care about the social networking aspect? Use Chrome.

I was sold when I bookmarked a site at work, went home, fired up a browser and my bookmarks were synced. Same with my RSS feeds.

I actually spend a lot less time aimlessly surfing the same 7 sites over and over because I know in .07 seconds that there are no new stories on any of them. It keeps me off facebook.com while still letting me see what my friends/family are up to. I don't have to check Slashdot every 4.7 minutes looking for the next big thing.

Re:...the social browser? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912148)

Both Chrome and Firefox4 offers bookmarks sync between computers. Opera probably does offer it too. It has available for ages as Firefox addon too (Foxmarks, or something like that). Is this really the killer feature that sold you RockMelt?

Any browser, including IE you seems to like, is able to keep up with a RSS feed. I'd prefer Google Reader myself.

You seems to be a shill for RockMelt.

Re:...the social browser? (1)

igi-111 (2025332) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911552)

Beeing faster, thats the whole point, the main feature is that RSS feeds are clearly easier to use than F5ing the same webpage over and over again.

This is how marketing works (4, Interesting)

synthesizerpatel (1210598) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911412)

A company will send out press releases to media outlets (magazines, newspapers, tv shows / stations, bloggers) to inform them of new products or offerings.

In some cases, marketing people will directly contact the magazine or newspaper by calling up and pitching a story based on their product or offering.

Depending on the media outlet, thinly veiled advertising is achieved by the marketing person making a good impression on the media outlet, or by offering a free unit, and in some cases gifts. In some seedier situations money is exchanged so that the media outlet will portray the product in a favorable light, so that the reader's distrust of direct advertising can be circumvented through the illusion of new or useful information.

And while I certainly don't mean to suggest that RockMelt paid off PC Pro for this story, more-so, I'd posit that PC Pro is just happy to get the hits.

Re:This is how marketing works (1)

sirlatrom (1162081) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911492)

You might as well have written: "I think PC Pro paid Slashdot to bring this otherwise useless story so they could get some advertising money."

Re:This is how marketing works (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912686)

They could at least bring us something we haven't [slashdot.org] seen [slashdot.org] before [slashdot.org] .

Re:This is how marketing works (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911498)

Sadly enough, the payoff doesn't even have to be as exciting as that. Journalism, especially for second-string rags or random stuff blogs and special interest publications, suffers from a more or less continual deadline crunch. In addition to the usual pressure of getting the thing together in time for the next print run, you have the fact that they are trying to make up for their shrinking margins by extracting more words words fewer people.

Under those circumstances, a vaguely neutral sounding press release(already conveniently typed up and more or less grammatically accurate!), that can just be massaged a touch and turned in is a blessing. Gotta churn out that content, make the deadline, look productive. Since the number of journalists has been slowly ebbing over time, and the number of PR flacks increasing, it only stands to reason that a greater percentage of "news" copy will be written by the latter.

Of course, for stuff that actually matters, or has a big money ad campaign behind it, or someone who controls the precious "access", you can see more overt corruption; but for petty shit deadline pressure is actually a depressingly large part of it.

Re:This is how marketing works (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912704)

(With a salute to Styx)

This could be the longest night, in copyright history
And as you blog, blog, you might as well just cross it off the list of possibilities;
I'm as connected as the next man, I won't turn and run from a story;
And I could read a million years, if I could just blog through this night.

I could be a web novelist, tell secrets never heard,
pour my soul into each and every sentence, but I still can't find the words;
'Till I know that you're out there, and you can relate to it all,
And I could bear the cold copyright winter, if I make my deadline call.

Don't you know that there's no place on this earth,
where you can escape the pain of a facebook post;
It's useless to spend the time it takes you to try.
But can't you see that I'm here, and I'm tweeting just the same...

I could be a movie star, the king of Hollywood,
Make them cry, Grammatically Pretending, to keep the illusion alive;
And I'll humbly thank my director, and the MPAA involved from the start,
And I could blow them all away, if I could only find a part;

If I just get through the copyright night.

Rockmelt = Feces (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911426)

I don't understand the need to have my whereabouts, my surfing history, my current status posted to all the social media sites. If you see the other browsers are attempting to make surfing "anonymous", it seems Mr. Andreesen is behind the times here, and should have sobered up before actually producing this product.

Not impressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911432)

A screencap FTFA shows that RockMelt certainly has more icons (everywhere) than Chrome. This degradation of aesthetics does not make me want to change my default from Chromium (on a Windows box), as a browser's aesthetics go a long way in connecting me to the pages with which I am interacting.

Too many browsers. (4, Interesting)

Seor Jojoba (519752) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911462)

I would be happier to learn that I had less choices in browsers. But that is the developer bias. Still, it seems to me that you really have to raise the bar if you want to be taken seriously, not just be Chrome+1. And I'm resistant to features which are tied in to services offered by certain companies (Facebook, Twitter) instead of just standardized services (RSS, FTP).

Larger question... would we not be better served if we started treating the browser more like a commodity item? Basic, standard features in an unglamorous browser, and... that's it. And then with a nice stable development platform that doesn't change around every 2 weeks, the real interesting features can start arriving at the web application layer. Standardize the browsers so we can forget about their individual features.

Re:Too many browsers. (1)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912158)

This is exactly why Google NaCl (Native Client) is such a good idea. We could have one single binary format. Every webdeveloper could choose his own rendering engine, and send it along with his/her HTML. With proper caching (and sharing) of course. In fact, you could view a rendering engine as a "shared library" that you reference from your HTML code. The program that lets this work all together (e.g. NaCl) is then the commodity item you are talking about.

Re:Too many browsers. (1)

jalefkowit (101585) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912498)

I would be happier to learn that I had less choices in browsers.

Yeah, remember how nice life was for web developers when everybody just used IE? Oh, wait.

lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911476)

that is so lame.

News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911478)

Not that I am a big fan of either Rockmelt or Flock but it's been available for several months now - why is this "new" news now?

Better than expected (1)

igi-111 (2025332) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911512)

I just tested Rockmelt for a week or two and besides the fact that there is not Linux version yet, I love it. Just don't judge it on the "Social Browser" thing, the best feature is clearly the embed RSS reader it has which is absolutely perfect when you wanna check tons of news websites. besides, the UI design is really well made(and the embed google search makes it even smoother) and most of all, it's compatible with all chrome/chromium extensions. In my opinion its more chromium++ than a totally new browser, but since chromium is great, it's even better. Well that just what i think: go try it shashdot, it's worth it.

Re:Better than expected (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911890)

Nice shill, 2000000+.

Re:Better than expected (1)

True Vox (841523) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912470)

OK, I'll bite -

I'm not a shill for Rockmelt (I have no connection to them). There is one reason, and one reason only why I use it & intend to stick with it - the integrated feed reader. Is there some extension that duplicates that functionallity on stock Chrome? If so, I'm game to go back (don't really care about the Facebook tie-in stuff). But I looked around for a while and have not yet located it. Yes, there are feed readers, but none quite like this one - at least as far as I can locate.

Others have surely pointed this out... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911540)

It bears repeating.

but adds a host of social networking, news feed and search features that make it a pile of dog crap compared to Google's Chrome

Fixed that for you. There's a reason I switched to Firebird from IE and old school Mozilla back in the day. It was sleek; it was fast; it didn't have a bunch of crap bloat thrown into it like IE and Mozilla.

There's a reason I switched to Chrome from Firefox. Chrome is sleek; it's fast; it doesn't have a bunch of crap bloat thrown into it like Firefox.

There's a reason I'll switch from Chrome to the next usable browser; it'll be sleek; fast; and not have the bunch of crap bloat that Google will eventually throw into Chrome, because all browser producers are stupid and sooner or later think shiny bullshit is more important than speed and stability.

Plugin (5, Insightful)

Maxx169 (920414) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911550)

Wouldn't the features described be more suited to a Chrome plugin (would that be feasible?) rather than a completely new browser?

Re:Plugin (1)

igi-111 (2025332) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911704)

well it's a little more than a RSS reader and a Share button, i guess it would be laggy as hell if made by a chrome extension. And after all It can be considered itself as an extension since it's compatible with all other chrome extensions(the only downside is the lack of internal flash and pdf reader, witch is normal since the base is chromium, not chrome).

Re:Plugin (2)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912740)

It wouldn't be laggy, Chrome JS is surprisingly fast. And anything that can't be done in JS can be done through an NPAPI plugin, though I looked into writing one once and it was a bit more complicated than I hoped even to make a "Hello World!" type plugin.

Re:Plugin (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912328)

Wouldn't the features described be more suited to a Chrome plugin (would that be feasible?) rather than a completely new browser?

You sound like an engineer [dilbert.com] .

I signed up for their beta preview and ... (1)

cfriedt (1189527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911574)

unfortunately, their browser did not work on Linux :(

slashdot covered its downfall, back in 2010 (2, Informative)

rickzor (1838596) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911622)

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/12/226250/RockMelt-mdash-Right-Browser-Wrong-Platform [slashdot.org]

"RockMelt browser is a labor-saver for heavy users of the desktop social Web, but it doesn't fully deliver on the startup's promise to build a browser 'designed around you and how you use the Web.' That's because the social Web is less and less about the PC desktop, and more about mobile platforms and appliances like smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected TVs."

Google Chrome with a bunch of shit you don't need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911632)

FTFY

Lacking support for flash, PDF and audio... (1)

santiagodraco (1254708) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911660)

It does, however, lack Chrome's built-in Flash, PDF and audio players."

"also, it lacks support for html but we are working on it..."

extensions? (0)

aahpandasrun (948239) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911724)

Can't this just be accomplished with extensions? Does it really need to be a custom browser?

Re:extensions? (1)

igi-111 (2025332) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912170)

too bad there is currently no extension that does this. Besides, how do you make money out of a browser extension?

It is proprietary software. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911752)

Move along. There's nothing to see here. Closed source crap built on top of open source is useless to me.

Meh Winblows Only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911812)

I've made it a point to stop using programs designed to only run on Winblows unless there is no other viable alternative. Chrome is a viable alternative.

Oh ninja, that's epic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911818)

This sounds like hipster malware adware garbage for tweens.

Re:Oh ninja, that's epic! (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911862)

"This sounds like hipster malware adware garbage for tweens."

You are right, and with that formula it should succeed brilliantly!

New? (2)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911838)

Didn't this thing come out months ago? As I recall, it was a pile of ass and proprietary nonsense.

A word from our sponsors (1)

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I'm still amazed that (1)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911998)

Another version of Chrome that forces a choice between having bookmarks visible all the time or having them several mouse clicks away in a window/tab/panel that needs to be closed. It's like having a smart phone that has a scrollable contact list as your homescreen and a rotary dial; one you don't want open all the time and the other is clunky.

Every program has drop down menus for selecting from lists of items because they work better than everything else that's been tried. Bookmarks are probably the best use cases for a drop down menu, you just want to make a selection and have the menu go away.

Also, how did non-scrollable tabs make it through the first alpha version? After 10 tabs are smashed together, you can't really tell which is which and after about 20, they're just blank nubs. How is that useful?

Re:I'm still amazed that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912488)

about the scrollable tabs

i love it that they aren't there. it makes it easier in my opinion, i usually remember the position of the page, not the full name or whatever i could see when scrolled, its way faster to just go to its position, that is, unless its scrollable and happens to be somewhere else then where i left it, in the line

Better? Elevated Above? (1)

sunfly (1248694) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912096)

So they took out the good parts of a browser, and tacked on a bunch of bits I don't need, and call it better? I don't think so.

Meh (1)

MikeyTheK (873329) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912122)

I started messing around with RockMelt six months ago after receiving an invite. It's ok, but I have yet to find a real compelling reason to use it over Chrome, especially since, as the article mentions, it only sort-of supports Chrome extensions, which means I can only sort-of do things that I rely on Chrome for.

economic colapse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912124)

If you hadn't noticed the collapse of the world economy came at the same time as the rise of farce-book and social media. Trillions of man-hours wasted on no productive activity for things no one will ever see. Yes, I am saying that the crack that is farce-book is the cause of the economic collapse and we will not recover until there is a prohibition on social medial. Then people will go to internet speak-easies and spend large amounts of money to get their social media fix.. Only when social media is illegal, underground and expensive will the economy recover.. natch.

RockMeh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912140)

Have been testing it out for the past 3-4 days. Kind of feeling like it's completely pointless. The side bars really seem distracting no matter WHAT I'm doing, even if it is social networking-related. It's basically a child's version of chrome, if children had a need for social networking tools.

I think you're better off just getting chrome and customizing it through plug-ins that way if you want something less intrusive. This thing was just designed to make your life more difficult to customize to fit to your needs.

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print preview (1)

cephyn (461066) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912494)

yeah but does it do print preview?

I prefer SRware Iron. Sometimes less is more. (1)

guidryp (702488) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912836)

The only Chrome build on my system is Iron:
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/SRWare_Iron [wikimedia.org]

Like Chrome but without the call home/tracking info.

Too bad SRWare Iron is a scam (1)

keitosama (990483) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912880)

It's the same browser as Chromium with a few options being hardcoded instead of being user-selectable. http://chromium.hybridsource.org/the-iron-scam [hybridsource.org]

FF_ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912864)

I just raise an eyebrow and wonder when something this simple will become an addon for firefox :P

ActiveDesktop and PointCast All Over Again? (1)

stokemaster (841697) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912886)

I am excited again about the time when ActiveDesktop and PointCast channels were announced!

Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35913032)

It does, however, lack Chrome's built-in Flash, PDF and audio players.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

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