My impressions of Google Chrome so far
August 27, 2010
(This is in fact what motivated me to try Chrome to start with. I am relatively active on Flickr, so I really noticed when it suddenly became achingly slow. After working through a whole series of attempts to get a faster Firefox, I gave in and tried out the reputedly fastest browser. To my surprise it was indeed much faster.)
Using a bare Chrome install was a great way of finding out which bits of my Firefox interface I really need in order to feel effective. So far my necessary Chrome extensions are:
(It turns out that for casual browsing I really want the ability to conveniently navigate purely with the mouse, including scrolling the page.)
(If I was trying to use Chrome full time in place of Firefox, I would also need to find some replacement for Stylish and ideally It's All Text as well. Or, as it turns out, I would just need to install Stylish, as it's already been done for Chrome.)
I'm using the official Google Chrome build, not Chromium. I installed
the 32-bit RPM version despite having a 64-bit machine, and I see no
reason to do otherwise unless you have unusual needs. For a start,
Flash just works (it's bundled into the RPM). I turned off the
package's automatic updates by the simple expedient of '
(I'm aware that Google documents another procedure for turning the automatic update off. Per previous commentary, I'm a sysadmin so I feel much happier about code that isn't running at all.)
Sidebar: the Chrome yum repo configuration
The Chrome RPM doesn't contain an explicit
To save any interested parties the job of reading the script's source,
here is the current
[google-chrome] name=google-chrome baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/i386 enabled=1 gpgcheck=1
(Note that they use a somewhat different '
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