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Chrome for Linux.

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I am in the market for a new browser, after Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 managed to zap my saved passwords. It was my own fault, as they detailed it in the release notes, but how such an elementary failure crept into the Beta 3 when Beta 2 didn’t have that it, annoys me.

I would go back to the standard Iceweasel/Firefox under Sidux, however, it leaks memory like a holed bucket and 97% CPU usage is becoming silly.

So I had a thought,why not use Google’s Chrome?

I briefly played around with a Crossover version a few months back and I assume that much progress would have been made. It has, there is an open sourced version called Chromium. Seems to work on Ubuntu, I haven’t tried the Debian version yet.

Being adventurous I thought I would give Wine and Chrome a go, and it partly worked, as long as you follow the instructions on the Wine HQ’s applications database:

# make a backup of .wine
# then execute winetricks
sh winetricks msxml3 corefonts firefox flash winxp

Get a copy of ChromeSetup.exe and execute with Wine, taking the defaults.

Chrome seems to have been installed correctly under Wine and I’ll give it a go.

A word of warning, if you are using Wine and installing new applications please take a copy of your .wine directory first, for example, tar cfz winemar09a .wine

And if all of that doesn’t work, I’ll wait for Firefox 3.5!

Update: Chrome under Wine seemed to work but it didn’t. I suspect it is probably more to do with Sidux’s old (experimental) version of Wine and the setup of fonts, etc rather than anything intrinsic to Wine.

Still Codeweavers CX version of Chrome works well, even editing WordPress pages.

Written by modernityblog

18/03/2009 at 19:30

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