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Old 2008-09-02, 01:44
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Google Chrome

Comic Google Blog post about it

This sounds awesome, revolutionary.


Will there be another browser war? Or will everybody just switch over? Or will nobody? Your opinions here!
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Old 2008-09-02, 02:08
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Interesting.

People wont switch over though, even if it is vastly better.
Opera and Firefox has demostrated that over the years.

Heck, Microsoft hasnt even slowed down in its arrogance. IE7 barely supports SVG, IE8 wont support it at all. (Adobe brideing them is the only sane explanation I can think off....)
oh, and they want to have DRM on fonts. >_<

Seriously, the amount of work I have to do getting around microsoft's sloopyness really pisss's me off.

I'm sure google can make a good browser. I'm sure it will get a few more people switching.
But I'm also sure it wont have much impact on the way web standards are ignored by IE, and will continue to be used by most people.

Besides, Google arnt perfect themselfs. They have faults with their W3C support in places. The way to stop a browser war is just to support standards as best as possible. People can then choose browsers to suit their tastes.
I'll see how it stacks up to Opera9.52 when it comes out. The current Opera will be a touth cookie to crack though, it seems perfect for my uses.
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Seems to be some real screenshots here;
http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-09-02-n72.html

Not impressed really feature wise, but I do like the tabs on top. Like opera.

The big question is just how good it is in terms of its core engine and what the new Javascript lets us do.
And what about HTML5? Does it support any of it yet?
What about the Acid Test 2/3? What marks?
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It looks okay, I'll probably test it out.
But it looks fairly simple, and also quite similar to IE at least in appearance.
I'm interested about that 9-link homepage thing though.
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The ideas from the comic sound great, but I'll see what does that means in practice.

I'm definitely going to check it out!
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Old 2008-09-02, 04:54
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I'm happy with FF, but I'll certainly give it a shot.
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I'm interested about that 9-link homepage thing though.
Thats basicaly what Operas had awhile. Its actualy quite a handy feature, as the site thumbs auto-update, so you can see when you want to visit something.
You can configere it to have any number of boxs, but I leave it at 3x3.


Currently I think the browser war can be summed up as;

IE - Your too lazy/ignorant to change to something better.
FF - You like something more extendable.
Opera - You like most features built in/streamlined.
Safari - You got a mac.


Interestingly, Googles one is apperently based on WebKit, which is the same engine as Safari.
That points to fairly good things, as Safari is currently the fastest browser, overtaking opera at its last release.
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JJ - It's *Fx.

I like the idea of Google Chrome Task Manager
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Old 2008-09-02, 12:19
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I think since the general population of people buy PCs, you won't find that many people using Macs to use Safari. I only know one person using Safari and he runs it on a PC. People usually buy Macs for a reason, i.e. a particular software, so they're going to be a little more tech savvy on web browsers. Myself and a few of my friends have bought Macs for this reasons (need a program for uni next year) so this is what I'm basing my theory on.
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Safari is the most popular browser for Mac users statisticaly, probably because its the default installed. Basicaly, the same reason IE is popular.
However,unlike IE, Saferi is a decent browser which supports web standards.

Also, I'm not sure at all about Mac user's being more savy. For every person that buys one because they run photoshop better, theres one that buys it because it matchs their Ipod
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Everyone I know who has a Mac uses Safari, so bang goes Kitarii's theory (sorry!!). Granted though, most of my friends aren't very computer literate, and I do sometimes get phonecalls of "Miiaaaa! Make my computer work!!" I'm not good with Macs though.
I don't know what to make of Google Chrome, but I do doubt it will become mainstream.
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JJ - It's *Fx.

I like the idea of Google Chrome Task Manager
I've never heard that abbreviation...in all forums I visit, it's always been "FFX" with X being the version number...
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Well it's wrong.


But indeed I agree there's no doubt FF is a way more popular abbreviation.
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I guess FF can be confused as too many other things FFX is final fantasy X, for instance.
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First Post On Mbn With Chrome Ever
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Pretty nice from my quick go.

Acid Test 2 = 100%
Acid Test 3 = 63% (compared to Opera at 80%)
http://acid3.acidtests.org/

Still, 63% is pretty good for now. AcidTest3 support is quite a hard thing to pull off.

A few good points;

Support for SVG.
+1 to Google

Good zoom support!

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acid2 completely relies on webkit's functionality, which already passed webkit ages ago

acid3 has a dependency on google's v8
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i get 76 on acid 3
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Wow...GoogleMaps works great.

I think I might have had a worse acidtest result due to security settings, it stoped at something that said link broken.

*edit*

Wow...love the inspector tool.

That is going to be really usefull for website development.
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ugh.. just tried chrome... what a piece of shit
it's a resource hog, it is alien to my system (crappy custom window widgets), nothing can be customized

uses the same amount of memory (more CPU cycles) with the same tabs open as my firefox session.
the major difference is that my firefox has a shit load of extension.

and the worst thing about google chrome: google update service
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It's less memory intensive than FF in my PC.
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Do you mean the window borders? It uses your aero theme colours on vista.
http://dan2552.googlepages.com/chrome.png
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Do you mean the window borders? It uses your aero theme colours on vista.
well.. fail
I use Vista but no earo, no glass, just the classic windows 98 theme, it's gray with a bit of blue.
chrome looks absolutely nothing like that
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Well el you just put me completely off it, I probably won't bother now.
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Looks and feels pretty nice. Really snappy. Would like more options for customisation.

Darkflame: inspector tool? Have you ever tried the Firebug extension for Firefox? It's awesome.
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Thats good, but I'd put it level with Operas developer console.
But this is better then both
I love the componant download tiime graph thingy specificaly.

And pff...I dont care how browsers look. My eyes adapt to anything in a few minutes and I cant stand fuss over themes.
The core engine is the key here.
Google did say their browser would take more ram up front, but be lighter in the long run as it clears its garbage better.
That may or may not be true, but a quick tab test isnt going to cut it.

My main problem with this browser really is I'm used to a few of operas minor features.
Like "Copy to note", or its validate page function.
Also, Opera has a lovely feature letting you edit the cache of a webpage live...making previewing changes to source very easy.
I'm so used to using these, I wouldnt switch for (what currently seems) to be a speed improvement, a look refinement, and some anti-crash measures.

Purhapes with a few months more refinments and developments I could switch though.
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