Install Google Chrome on Linux (and why you should)
So the developers of Google Chrome have released a "developer only" version of Chrome saying you should NOT install it unless you are a developer. They warn you short of saying that the developer release of Google Chrome will ruin your love life, steal your cash, and flirt with your mother. With this warning I assume most people shy away from installing on Linux.
I ignored the warning. I'm glad I did.
Let me preface all of this by saying I have been using Firefox since the alpha days. So I guess you'd consider me a Firefox Fanboy. I've tried all of the other Linux browsers and none of them have even so much as tempted me to give them continued use. That is, until Chrome. Chrome is a different story all together, one that just might have me using this browser for all of my browsing needs - when it is finalized. Until then I'll just play with it. And you should to. Here's how.
First and foremost this will only install on a Ubuntu or Debian-based distribution. I have heard tell that even the Ubuntu installation doesn't load CSS well. I can say, with absolute certainty that my Elive+Compize distribution handles Chrome very well. So how did I install it? You won't believe how easily.
- Go to the Linux dev channel.
- Click on either the 32 bit or the 64 bit version (which ever will match your architecture.)
- Accept the terms of service.
- Go to the directory the file was downloaded into.
- Issue the command sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-unstable*
Once the installation command has finished you are ready to run the browser. For Elive+Compiz a menu entry was created in the Internet subdirectory of the main menu. If you can't find this entry you can open up a terminal window and issue the command:
When you first run the browser you will be asked if it can send crash reports to the developers. I checked "yes" so to help them out as much as possible. I installed Chrome Friday evening and have been using it quite a bit (I am writing this article with it) and have yet to have one crash.
That's it. If you're lucky you'll have the same luck and get a working Google Chrome browser on Linux. And when you do you'll be glad you bothered to install it. Why? If this developer release is any indication on how Chrome is going to work on Linux I am amazed. There are a few shortcomings (it can't detect flash that is installed and some formatting isn't correct), but as for speed - Firefox and Opera can't touch it.
I haven't really bothered to get in deep with some of the niftier features of Chrome yet. What I really wanted to do is see if it would install and work. It did and it does - and does beautifully. If you're wanting to see what the future of Linux web browsing is like, or you just need more speed than you can eek out of Firefox, ignore the developer warnings and install Chrome on your Ubuntu or Debian box.Advertisement