Coretron’s Tech Blog

September 2, 2008

Farewell Firefox, Hello Chrome

Filed under: Google — Tags: , , — coretron @ 4:01 am

Some time today Google is expected to release a beta version of Chrome, Google’s new web browser (open source of course). I know, I was scratching my head at first too. Why? You ask. Google has prepared a comic to answer all your questions. It gets a little technical at times, and is a bit long, but fills you in quite nicely.

To sum up the comic… One thing Chrome does is treat each browing tab as a separate process. It is similar to your operating system treating each program you are running as a separate process so you can see each processes memory and processor usage. This also makes it so if one crashes the others won’t be affected. It is also optimized to run java faster and be cleaner with its memory usage. Chrome is based on the open source WebKit browser, which is used on Android due to its efficient memory use.  Our web browsers no longer just display pages, they run applications, and at their foundation current browsers weren’t made for running applications in them. Google is rapidly developing web applications and they have discovered limitations of the current browser, so they made their own. Every element of Chrome is open source and Google strongly encourages other browsers to take what they think is good about Chrome, just as Chrome took from them.

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4 Comments »

  1. So far, I like Chrome. I’m a big fan of firefox’s find function – and chrome incorporates it exactly the same – but without having to take the extra step to “highlight all.” I also like that chrome has a bigger viewer for browsing.

    I have encountered a couple bugs. When I am leaving a comment in a forum and edit in the text box, it seems to overtype the text. I tried what I would do in Word to fix it – tap the “insert” button – but that didn’t work.

    Another bug – when I am browsing pictures in facebook, it will take me to the next picture for a moment, then revert to the prior picture automatically.

    Anyone else having these issues or others with chrome?

    Comment by dani — September 4, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  2. I’ve been finding things here and there that don’t work quite right. Chadd had it lock up when he was trying to right click and save an image.
    I also like that, on my computer at least, the browser opens instantly. Firefox took about 1.5 seconds.
    Every time you find a bug its real easy to report it with the page options button on the top right

    Comment by coretron — September 4, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  3. Maybe the tabs are not as independent as we might think. I just encountered a bizarre problem where the “inspect element,” the window you can get by right clicking a page, popped up and wouldn’t go away. I could ignore it but once I loaded a new page it would pop back up. Now, this was only happening on two tabs in the same window while my other windows and tabs were unaffected. This leads me to believe that the tabs are not as independent as I was led to believe they were.

    Comment by coretron — September 5, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  4. alright i like chrome, here are the requirements i have to switch permanent

    -has to beat screen real estate of firefox + tiny menu + classic compact with no bookmarks bar
    here is a picture of my setup

    -stumble toolbar has to be implemented

    -has to be faster than forefox, on my single core pentium m t41, i get a few seconds of hang when i open a new tab

    -i have to trust google or they have to convince me they are not monitoring my internet “to give me better advertisements”

    Comment by pistolsnipe — September 5, 2008 @ 5:19 am


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