Google Chrome has overtaken Safari. It’s now the number three popular browser, second only to Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox:
Google Chrome hit a milestone over the weekend when it became the third-most popular browser after Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, according to metrics firm Net Applications. It controls just 4.63 percent of the browser market, but Chrome has made significant inroads against competing browsers, such as the former bronze medalist Apple Safari.
It’s not hard to see why Chrome is gaining ground. Consider its recently launched versions for Mac and Linux, and the introduction of Firefox-like add-ons called extensions. There’s also the added hype around Google’s forthcoming Chrome OS.
Well, it’s official. Google Chrome browser is now available for the Mac and Linux. Information Week has the details:
“We’ve been working hard to deliver a first-class browser for the Mac — it took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it!” declared Google product manager Brian Rakowski in a blog post. “We wanted Google Chrome to feel at home on the Mac, so we’ve focused on uniting our clean, simple design with subtle animations and effects to create a snappy and satisfying browsing experience on OS X.”Google also released a beta version of Chrome for Linux and browser extensions for users of beta and developer builds.
Google’s design goals for Chrome, which represents the foundation of the company’s forthcoming Chrome OS, remain focused on speed, stability, and security. As an example, Chrome isolates each browser tab so that buggy Web page code will only crash the tab and not the entire browser. Chrome’s multiprocess architecture is also a way to protect users from poorly coded or malicious extensions.
This post was written when Chrome was still not available for Linux. Chromium was the only option then. Now that Google Chrome is available, just go to Google’s website and download the browser directly.
Tired of Firefox? Do you want something a little bit more faster, maybe more stable? I seem to have issues with Firefox running on Ubuntu 9.10. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it has crashed several times. This article shows you how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10.
Add to your sources list.
$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
You may substitute jaunty, intrepid, hoary for other distributions.
Add the GPG keys.
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com
Run an update.
Finally, install Google Chrome.
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
The latest reiteration of the Firefox browser in the upcoming version 3.6 will have an auto-orientation feature allowing devices with accelerometers such as mobile phones and laptops to show the Firefox browser either in portrait or landscape mode. The browser auto-rotates according to the orientation of the devices. This will not have much of an impact to desktop users, but certainly a release geared towards mobile devices.
Linuxlinks.com gives a list of free Linux browsers:
- Firefox – Highly popular browser delivering safe, easy web browsing
- Chromium – Open-source project behind Google Chrome
- Opera – Popular graphical web browser and Internet suite
- Konqueror – KDE 4’s advanced file manager, web browser and document viewer
- Epiphany – Simple yet powerful GNOME web browser targeted at non-tech users
- Dillo – Small, stable, developer-friendly, usable, very fast, and extensible
- Arora – Simple webkit based web browser using Qt toolkit
- ELinks – Feature-rich program for browsing the web in text mode
- Lynx – Very fast and easy to use
- Flock – Built on Firefox, specializing in social networking and Web 2.0 facilities
My take: the first 5 browsers are definitely worth the look. Firefox is still the default and standard for Linux distributions. Chromium is making inroads. Wait, until Chrome OS comes out. There will be a big spike in Chromium’s use. Lynx is useful for scripting. Finally, Flock is just an interesting browser.
In a little less than a year, Google has updated its own browser to version 3! Google Chrome is now up on version 220.127.116.11, to be exact. Well, get to it, why don’t you. What are you waiting for? You can download it from Google’s Chrome pages.
Firefox 3.5 reached 5 million downloads in the first 24 hours according to Ars Technica:
Mozilla officially released Firefox 3.5 on Tuesday. The new version of the popular open source web browser has attracted considerable attention and is already seeing rapid adoption. It was downloaded over 5 million times during the first 24 hours. This falls short of the record-setting 8 million downloads that Firefox 3 had during its first day, but it still reflects the intense enthusiasm of the browser’s fans.
The collective number of total Firefox downloads exceeded 500 million last year and is currently estimated at roughly 950 million. It could exceed one billion by the end of August.
Ten grand is buried here. Nice try Microsoft. I’m not going to change browser for $10,000 I know I’ll never win. If Microsoft really wants to give away $10,000, why does it have to involved ditching your browser in lieu of their browser. It says, “it’s cleverly concealed webpage that only IE 8 can view.” Is it because IE 8 does not follow standards and it’s written in a code that only IE 8 can view? That’s funny. It should really say, “cleverly concealed” marketing inside. The best part of all, it ends it by saying, “Tell your friends. It’s not as stupid as it sounds.”
Opera Software is offering Opera Unite, a web browser with a built-in small web server. Opera will allow users to share files, photos and music using Unite along with a half a dozen optional services. The services offered are file sharing, media player, photo sharing and a Facebook type of wall called Fridge. Users will have the ability to secure and password-protect a site, make it public or private. Only music with no pirate protection can be shared. Opera Unite is still in Alpha. It’s an interesting tack for Opera Software because while companies are betting on cloud services, Opera’s vision is to ditch the middleman, the so called third party services. Opera currently has 0.72% market share in the browser market. Will Unite make Opera gain a respectable market share?
So, you are getting a little envious because Fedora 11 just came out and they have Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 installed by default. You want to test out the latest Firefox on your Ubuntu desktop. No worries. The following instruction details the steps necessary to install Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope.
1. Open up your current Firefox browser and get the Public Key for Firefox 3.5. Copy, Paste and Save the public key to a text file.
2. Open System > Administration > Software Sources. Click on the “Third-Party Software” tab and add the following source:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/fta/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
3. Click the “Authentication” tab and import the key file that you saved on Step 1.
4. Open System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. Click the Reload button first, Search for “Firefox 3.5” and then Install.
5. After the install, you can run Firefox 3.5 by accessing Applications > Internet > Shiretoko Web Browser.
What’s the big deal with Firefox 3.5? The biggest feature is the Private Browsing Mode or anonymous browsing. This means that you’ll be able to browse websites with no history, no cookies, no visited pages, no search and form history, no saved passwords, no download list and no web cache files. Awesome.