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Google's new web browser: it's called "Chrome," and it is impressive.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by d3athp3nguin, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. d3athp3nguin


    Aug 7, 2007
    Google just released the testing version of their spanking new web browser, called Chrome. It will be a somewhat-direct competitor to Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

    One of the key features of Chrome is that it runs every tab, plugin etc. as an isolated, separate process. While this uses a bit more memory up front, this means if one component locks up or crashes (PDFs, flash, bad website etc) the rest of the browser is fine. I tried killing random components off in the task manager while web browsing, and it just kept on chugging- the tabs that relied on the processes i killed just made sad faces and said "Do you wanna reload the content of this tab?"

    It also has an "Incognito mode" that lets you browse without saving any cookies or search data. I like to call it "porn-browsing mode."

    The browser seems remarkably stable, even in the testing phase. It needs more features and extensions, but the base browser is pretty slick.

    Anyone else have thoughts/impressions? Or, are they brave enough to test it out?
  2. Nyper


    Jan 2, 2004
    Lebanon TN
    It's build on the Apple WebKit... and thus renders pages differently than IE7. I work with a lot of browser-based software that was developed specifically for IE, so Chrome is just about useless for me the majority of the time.

    I tried it.. like some parts of it.. have installed it on my home/personal machiens and will probably use it until I find a reason not to.

  3. I am now on day #2 of using chrome and I like it. It still needs more settings options (I cant control favorites and cant reorganize as I would like to) but it is much much faster then Firefox for me (running on a 1.6ghz/core dual core 64bit laptop with 4gb ram). I like it better already for the speed alone, I also like the built in task manager. I have yet to have a website not work exactly as expected. It does need more options.
  4. silentpoet


    Jan 11, 2007
    This Old Caddy
    Got the stub downloaded, may try installing it tomorrow.
  5. It actually can crash (chrome)... try puting this in your address bar in chrome: :%


    Jun 28, 2002
    Tacoma, Washington
    Does it work with Linux?
  7. WhatYouWant

    WhatYouWant Duh!

    Feb 28, 2005
    Land O' Sea
    Just say NO to Chrome.

    Bad EULA.
  8. asu-g23


    Jan 29, 2008
  9. In the chrome about pages there is a network tool hidden. To get to it type about:network

    here is a screen shot:

    also: the the about:% - crash is fixed in the latest build ( original ended .27
  10. d3athp3nguin


    Aug 7, 2007
    Everyone is chomping at the bit to call Google "evil" now that they have grown so big. I think it's important to keep an eye on what they are doing, but I'm not surprised that people dislike google when it comes to privacy issues. They are, after all, a SEARCH ENGINE company that specializes in collecting ridiculous amounts of information about... well, anything with HTML tags around it. At least they anonymize user search data after a certain period of time now.

    Google got into hot water with their street view service, when people were being photographed in compromising situations (exiting porn shops, kissing someone they shouldn't have been kissing, etc).

    Relative to other companies (cough FACEBOOK cough), they are pretty good about pointing out to users if they want to opt-out of a service, or if they don't want their personal data used a certain way. Bottom line though: if you don't trust them with whatever you type in the browser, then don't use their service.
  11. Not yet, but coming. I need the Linux version myself.
  12. Im sure chromium will have a working source for linux soon. I really like chrome at this point. Its maturing quicker then firefox did.
  13. denfoote

    denfoote MENACE

    Jan 28, 2000
    Buckeye Arizona
    When Ubuntu picks it up and replaces Firefox, then I'll know it's been thoroughly vetted!!
  14. nickg


    Jan 16, 2002
    Working pretty good so far. Still needs some more options and hopefully bugs will be worked out.

    One question though, is the most current version still a Beta or is it a final release??
  15. The most current is the developer, then next most current and more stable is the most recent beta, finally you have the most stable but least current the mainstream release which isnt out yet. I am running the developer version of the beta and have encountered only minor issues (mostly with flash plugin rather then chrome itself). Most recent beta is, Most recent dev is
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2008
  16. It is a P.O.S., it keeps crashing on every function I try to use.

    P.O.S.! :rant: :burn: :steamed: :50cal: