Change to Google Chrome as default browser

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Add Chromium (Beta Version with Plugin Support) to the next Edition. It's lightweight, fast and extendable like firefox. The available plugins are nearly the same as on Firefox (even Adblock and Flashblog are running). I think it fits perfect in EP
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Harry Fender

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You could have both on the install image and present a choice of one / both on install.
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samtuke

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Why consider chrome? Use chromium instead if you want to go in the chrome direction - chromium is FOSS and less explicitly Google's property.
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Same code, different wrapping. EasyPeasy often go for known names to ensure new Linux users that it's not scary. For our grandparents Google Chrome does have a better sound to it than Chromium
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I see your point, but when one version is branded and trademarked and advertised to high heaven by a global anti-privacy company who adds tracking code for good measure, and the other is just as good but entirely FOSS, adding three letters to the name seems a small price to pay to include the latter. Putting FOSS first in this instance seems easy to do.
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I agree. I'm completely against tracking, so if one "wrapping" comes with tracking, I would like to be completely sure we're going with the open-source and tracking-less version. That said, I believe Chrome is only available for Windows? It may be moot, in this case.
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Chrome became available for Linux earlier this year. I've been using it and I have to admit it's pretty sweet, but next time I upgrade the OS, I'll be making the switch to Chromium. I hope by that time it'll be improved enough that my grandparents and I will have no problems with it.
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Five months ago I was a fan of FireFox. However, now I find myself addicted to Google Chrome: it is easier, has a cleaner UI, is better in terms of w3c compliance (and supports more html5 tags than FireFox)
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Wean yourself off 'Google Chrome' - try to develop your taste for chromium. And remember, a non-profit foundation stands behind Firefox, a monolithic intercontinental monster stands behind Chrome. Who would you rather have dictating your web browsing?
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Sorry, I tried chromium and I didn't like it.

It doesn't matter who stands behind a browser. It matters how they improve it. What I see is FireFox becoming an ugly resource-eating dog with tons of visual no-one-needed improvements. It was a great solution in the first place (when it was ruled by a small group of geeks, I guess), but right now it is "designed by committee". The same will be with many other open source projects not having a leader, a person who controll whether the project still goes the road that was chosen in the first place.
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If you don't like chromium then you don't like chrome. If you dislike chromium *and* firefox, then what do you suggest we bundle with, IE8?
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Vyacheslav Petrov

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As I said, I like Chrome and I dislike Chromium. And I don't see a reason for the weird conclusion you have made and for such a provocative reply from you.
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Why not load the whole Google app thing?
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samtuke

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Please no.
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Sam

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go hide in a corner. your posts aren't constructive.
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Google Chrome is out of beta. Here's an interesting post comparing browser speeds on linux. Firefox isn't really rocking the list: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/05/wh...
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I'm running easypeasy 1.5 using openbox as an interface. It's wicked fast (only 400KB).

Anyway it takes 15 seconds to start Firefox.

Google chrome only takes 1-2s or less on average.
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Sam

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The above post is my asus eeePC 900 running original stock hardware.
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Nah.

I'm afraid that whilst GC has its advantages, I'm against programs from as another so eloquently put it; 'monolithic intercontinental monster'. That's why I don't like Microsoft and I use Linux.

At the end of the day it's all down to personal preference. For myself - I'll stick with Firefox. It may not be the best but it suits my needs.

Hiiqs
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With the release of Firefox 4.0 RC (which is default in Ubuntu 11.04), I'm not sure Chrome still is a such big improvement over Firefox. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes over at zdnet goes as far as saying that javascript speed isn't a worry any longer and that the browsers are tied.

What are your thoughts?
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Chris

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For me it was more about loading speed. For some reason it seemed like Firefox would take forever to load, and Chrome and Opera would load really quickly. I've been using the new RC in EP 1.6 though, and it certainly does seem to load a bit faster.
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If they truly are tied in performance, I'd choose Firefox, because Chrome isn't FOSS (and Chromium isn't as well known).