Google Chromium In Lucid

baerjj at baerjj at
Tue Dec 15 12:36:14 GMT 2009

On Dec 15, 2009 7:06am, mac_v <drkvi-a at> wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-12-14 at 00:18 +0000, Shane Fagan wrote:

> > > I do agree that it would be pretty rash to jump on this for Lucid+1,
> > > unless something amazing happens, because Chromium is really very new.
> > > Development on Lucid+2 would begin a bit after ChromeOS's official
> > > appearance in the real world. At that point Chromium would be  
> thoroughly
> > > tested and debugged. We could confidently expect Google's ongoing
> > > commitment to the browser's Linux version, in particular, as a stable
> > > product.
> > >
> > > I think it would be worthwhile if there was a commitment to properly
> > > discuss the default browser choice awhile planning Lucid+2, or  
> something
> > > along those lines. It could act as strong incentive for Mozilla to do
> > > better where Firefox currently loses to Chromium in Linux. With that,
> > > the geniuses at Mozilla could pull a rabbit out of a hat, returning
> > > their browser to its rightful place in my heart :)
> >
> > I disagree because gnome 3 is coming in lucid+1 (probably) I think the
> > opportune time would be then. We should redesign in one swoop and I
> > think because Chrome OS is coming I think the browser will have a lot of
> > eyes on the code.

> With gnome3 I would say it should be considered even less. ;)
> Chrome [maximized] is designed to work well when there is no panel at
> the top. Seems it was designed keeping in mind only Windows and
> ChromeOS.

> When there is no top panel the user can hit the top edge of the
> screen[event though there is gap of a few pixels above the tabs] and
> change tabs, this is a good design when considered for Windows and
> ChromeOS.

> But this is obviously not possible in Linux since we use a panel at the
> top.

> Placing the tabs higher isnt a great design for Linux , as the tabs are
> now further away from the user viewing area and user is now forced to
> more mouse further. [yes , firefox4 design also seems to want to do
> something similar to this , But both browsers seem only trying to get it
> right for Windows]

> With gnome3 this becomes even weird since one wrongly positioned click
> on the first tab in chrome and you are shunted off to the activities
> overview.

> Cheers,

> mac_v

How will things work in Gnome3? That is a very interesting thought when you  
consider the current maturity of Gnome3. Rumor also has it Mozillia will  
introduce a much improved version of Firefox the summer of 2010 and one  
could argue how will that work with Gnome3?

In my opinion Gnome3 is too big of an unknown to consider at this time. If  
it follows the path of KDE 4, many applications will break with the first  
release. For KDE the dust is just beginning to settle. My guess is some  
communities will adopt early and take the hit, others will wait a couple of  

I can understand the hesitiation with Chrome as some may consider Google a  
new citizen to the Open Source community and fear they may jump in to get  
what they want then jump out. I hope that is not the case. :)

I discovered yesterday in the "ubuntu-geek" blog that the Chrome beta for  
Linux is out and it has packages for Debian & Ubuntu, Fedora & openSuSE.  
Again, that speaks highly of Google as an Open Source citizen. I've been  
using the Chrome PPA from launchpad and that has worked well.

For me the question still remains - what is best for Ubuntu?

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