Chrome's not open source
You're thinking of the underlying Chromium project and the WebKit renderer, both of which are open source. Chrome itself is proprietary.
Google has updated its tab feature in Chrome, allowing users of the open source browser to remove web page thumbnails. Previously the option came in default mode. The uncooked software, which is available via Google's preview channel, was given the 184.108.40.206 update yesterday. Google Chrome program manager, Anthony Laforge, …
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I suspect its there to push the technology forward rather than be a popular browser per se. With process separation, the hilarious flash clip on youtube won't take out that important googledocs/msoffice 10 spreadsheet you were working on, by crashing and taking out the entire browser.
Without ad/flashblock you might not want to use Chrome to browse the web, but you could use it as a client platform for http-delivered "proper" applications. I know, there aren't many good ones, but there's no point writing one if nobody trusts the browser to stay up.
It should be called google browserneilhanveydoesntcareabout. Just because you don't use it doesn't mean nobody else does. I'm just assuming that though, considering that I use it everyday myself. And yes, I run it alongside firefox. It's just much, much faster.
And when the hell do we get Chromium up to date on Linux? I tried it, and all I can get working is the mediocre alpha one.
"And when the hell do we get Chromium up to date on Linux? I tried it, and all I can get working is the mediocre alpha one"
Arent you supposed to do it yourself? After all the Linux fanbois are always banging on about how wonderful and empowering open source is...
"Arent you supposed to do it yourself? After all the Linux fanbois are always banging on about how wonderful and empowering open source is..."
Are Windows users supposed to compile open source apps themselves too? No, but the option is there, and it's a great option to have.
The problem here though, is that the Chromium project is still missing pieces. I would compile it for myself, but it's nowhere near the state of Chrome for Windows. Hence the "And when the hell do we get Chromium up to date on Linux?"