Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ubuntu/Mint: Test driving Google Chrome for Linux

Google Chrome for Linux does not officially exist yet, not as "Chrome" but as a pre-alpha project called "Chromium". It's a really early build so don't go filing bug reports for it. And definitely, it won't replace your firefox or Epiphany. Atleast not that soon. So let's get started. Let me remind you one last time, Try at your own risk :)

1. Edit your apt source list.
$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and append the following lines at the end
deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

2. Update your sources and install Chromium
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

3. Time to test drive
$ chromium-browser

Chromium Alpha will launch with a warning message. You already know it's Chromium not Chrome. It's still a pre-alpha but is fast and renders reasonably well. Other common features such as the bookmark manager, javascript console etc. are missing but hopefully should be ready soon. Till the official Chrome Linux beta, enjoy Chromium and happy surfing!

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