יום חמישי, ספטמבר 04, 2008

Linux (and this new Chrome thingy...)

Chrome was covered so widely that I decided not to refer its features, but
try to focus on the Linux side of things.
  • Many journalists reported that "...only a Windows version was released..." Since they come from a Windows world, they obviously don't understand the role of distributions and packagers:
    • Check license before, not after you install.
    • Be in contact with (or part of) the upstream development team -- so the development process is open as well as the license.
    • Integrate with the rest of your distribution -- there's no need to have two copies of google-gears or other shared resources. The new architecture may help us isolate it better via SELinux policy or other means (chrooting selected web-sites?)
    • I.E: leaving the binary composition to the distributions was a wise decision IMO.
  • There were also a lot of speculation about Chrome killing of Firefox or vise versa. Again, this Windows mentality of "zero sum games". We Linux people (and Unix veterans) are used to have many "competing" tools -- Perl/Python/PHP/Ruby, GNOME/KDE, etc. -- Tools like nm-applet and pk sit nicely on my KDE system tray, just like Amarok can sit nicely on the GNOME panel.
  • In the free software world, most of the competition result in variety of reusable toolkits, each with its own pros/cons -- this is a win/win situation:
    • Long live Konqi (yes, we want Webkit ;-)
    • Long live Firefox (Prism, TraceMonkey, maybe even Gecko...)
    • Long live Chromium

2 comments:

  1. Oron, a few things:

    The linux version does not exists, just a pile of code that runs, and passed some tests. Read about it here: (mmm... cannot find the link to the beranger post where he explains it...)

    The GUI is hacked up to be windows only. In theory it can be portable, but not code has been written yet.

    The JS "interpreter" is not portable. It compiles JavaScript to native machine language directly, acting like a compiler:
    http://offthelip.org/?p=113

    They made the fastest browser, but when and if it will get ported to linux, it will not be as fast as the windows version - since it's not the same browser!

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