Google Chrome for Linux
I have seen a variety of stories around the web extolling the virtues of the new browser from Google: Google Chrome.Â At the moment, it is still a beta available only for Windows and Mac, but it seems to be an, erm, internet browser I suppose.
To be perfectly honest and frank, I find it incredibly difficult to get excited about a web browser.Â To me, the browser is a tool, not a way of life.Â For comparison, go now and find a carpenter – I’ll wait.Â Got one?Â Good.Â Now explain to your carpenter that there is a new hammer available.Â Gauge the carpenter’s reaction.Â Now contrast and compare with all the hoopla over Google’s offering.Â Now decide who the hammer should be used on.
Gosh, I sound grumpy, don’t I?Â The fact is that Chrome looks like a decent offering.Â It has tabbed browsing, which we all should now expect.Â It has a way to import your bookmarks from your existing browsers, again, we should all expect that.Â It displays pages from the internet.Â The best thing, in my opinion, is that it is very minimal and there is little that is not functional about it:
As you can see, it has a very clean look.Â Unless Google decide to add masses of bolt ons, it should be a very useful browser indeed.Â But they didn’t release it for Linux.Â The bastards.Â Many of Google’s apps have Linux counterparts – Picasa being one of them.Â Now these aren’t direct ports, they usually have Wine embedded in them to make them work.Â But not Chrome – Chrome can be beta tested by Windows and Mac users, but not Linux users.Â This seems a little unfair to me.Â After all, it is arguable that the only reason Internet Explorer was forced to improve and to offer tabbed browsing was down to the success of the Mozilla and Firefox browsers.Â Even now, does anyone really care at all about Safari?
Luckily, innovation and awkwardness come naturally to the plucky programmers with an interest in Linux.Â CodeWeavers have, again, stepped up to the mark.Â With Crossover Chromium available for free (as in no cost) they have enabled us to use Chrome via the CodeWeavers Wine implementation.Â Which means that I am able to download it and show you this (click the pic for full size):
In an ideal world, there would be no need for Wine, Cedega, Play on Linux or CodeWeavers to exist.Â In an ideal world all apps would be available for all platforms.Â In this world, though, they are needed and gratefully so.Â It is the work of CodeWeavers and Wine that helps to break down the final barriers for a lot of people – those people who really need to run Microsoft applications but who want to also run Linux.
Anyway, to step down off my soapbox, Chrome (in it’s beta state) looks to be a useful addition to the current crop of browsers available.Â It is one in a line of Google applications, along with GMail, Calendar, Talk, Docs, Video and the rest.
Posted on 20 September, 2008, in Computer Stuff, Open Source and tagged browser, Chrome, CodeWeavers, CrossOver Chromium, CrossOver Office, firefox, google, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, linux, Open Source, Windows. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.