It would be nice
If they also included a pop-up blocker as standard too but it's like my chances of being declared the next Pope - it ain't going to happen.
Google claims the latest beta of its Chrome browser is a third faster than the previous release. The claimed improvement is based on V8 and SunSpider benchmarks. Other benefits include the ability to synchronise bookmarks and browser preferences on different machines via your Google account. Developers said they'd bowed to …
It makes a huge difference to my browser experience and I am on 512 also. It takes a split second for Chrome to load, compared with 3+ seconds for Firefox and that's a fresh install on a new laptop. The previous install of FF with plugins took around 6 seconds to load. It may not sound like much but I do not like waiting around for a bloated browser to load, which Firefox has become. Especially when I am trying to work efficiently.
Everything loads smooth and fast, i can have over 100 tabs open and it does not interfere with my browsing experience. The same cannot be said for IE or FF.
Eventually we will have a broader range of tools to plugin and we shall see how this affects performance, for now though you could not drag me away from it.
We all know Google's fetish for keeping products in beta, but it's getting beyond a joke with the Linux version of Chrome. The Windows release went from beta in Sep 2008 to first stable release in Dec 2008 - a very short (for Google) beta period of only 3 months.
It then took until June 2009 for Google Chrome "developer previews' (alphas?) to appear for Mac OS X and Linux, to be followed a full 6 months later by betas for those 2 platforms. Yes, a full year on from the Windows release, Mac OS X and Linux were finally in, er, beta status.
Roll on another 5-6 months and where are we? Well, very comically, the Mac OS X and Linux final releases are nowhere to be seen - a full 18 months after the Windows final version came out. In fact, they've moved from being a 4.X beta to being a 5.X beta with no final release inbetween, which is starting to make their schedule a laughing stock on non-Windows platforms.
Officially, Google Chrome has only ever had Windows stable releases in its existence and therefore I still consider it a Windows-only browser until Google finally get their dog-slow act together and release a final version on other platforms. Opera are moving this way too (where's my post 10.10 release on Linux - delayed for many months compared to Windows!) - it does look like the only browser that's getting simultaneous releases across the 3 main platforms is Firefox and that's why I still prefer it to the rest.
This latest beta is unusable as it appears to have regressed the ERR_UNSAFE_PORT bug from 2008 that renders it unusable with sites running on many non-standard ports, as is often the case with internal sites running over internal, company LAN's, for example (such as the bug tracking system we use here).
Fortunately ChromePlus contains all the Chromium goodness that Chrome has, without the Google imposed limitations, and adds a number of goodies into the bargain (integrated IE Tab, gestures, far more options/configurability)...
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