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Anybody using Google Chrome for Linux (vanity)
smokingfrog ^ | 12/13/09 | me

Posted on 12/13/2009 9:52:50 PM PST by smokingfrog

Just wondering...

My EeePC needs an updated browser and I was wondering how this would work.

I'm Linux challenged, and don't even know how to install it.

(Excerpt) Read more at tools.google.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser; chromium
Comments?

Advice?

1 posted on 12/13/2009 9:52:51 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Installed it my Dell Vostro A90 running Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and so far it works great, IMHO it blows Firefox away.


2 posted on 12/13/2009 9:54:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: smokingfrog

I was using it, no flash support. It is fast except when you open more than 6 windows.


3 posted on 12/13/2009 9:55:34 PM PST by dila813
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To: dila813

No Flash support? Really? I need to update that too.


4 posted on 12/13/2009 9:56:56 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: smokingfrog

I can view YouTube videos, so it must have Flash support if that’s the case.


5 posted on 12/13/2009 9:58:10 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: smokingfrog

I have it installed, but only use it rarely. When Xmarks comes out for it, I’ll consider making the jump, but I ain’t rebuilding my bookmark collection for ANY browser.

I believe installing it was as simple as adding a repository to my package manager and installing it there as normal. I use a Debian based distro, but I’m not sure if the EEE does or not.


6 posted on 12/13/2009 10:01:28 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
"I believe installing it was as simple as adding a repository to my package manager and installing it there as normal. I use a Debian based distro, but I’m not sure if the EEE does or not."

I have no idea what you just said.


I ... feel ... so ... old.

7 posted on 12/13/2009 10:04:46 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: dfwgator

It does youtube, it is google of course.

But try another flash video site.


8 posted on 12/13/2009 10:05:32 PM PST by dila813
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To: dila813

I do know some of the earlier Alpha versions didn’t support Flash, but they have since added support for Flash.


9 posted on 12/13/2009 10:08:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

What’s a package manager?

You probably didn’t realize how ignorant I am. LoL!


10 posted on 12/13/2009 10:08:53 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: smokingfrog

Linux Challenged?

That is an easy fix. Download any popular distribution and “burn” to a CD (as a .iso file, not as other files, such as .mp3 files, etc., look for the special “burn” feature on your Windows system).

Then just load the CD into any computer’s CD drive. On start up just press the key that gets you to the temporary boot configuration, F12 on IBMs, ESC on others. Then tell the computer to boot from the CD disk.

The CD will load the system into RAM and you can test the Linux system from there WITHOUT INSTALLING IT. If you choose to install, I recommend a separate computer so that you can fully load it to your hard drive and not “dual boot” with Windows and Linux together as boot choices on the same machine. Much easier way to handle things if you are just getting your feet wet and want to keep you Windows data, etc., safe - and separate.

Two suggested distribution downloads: Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Try to download through torrents - this ensures download accuracy and you can skip the MD5 or check digit verification process if you download through torrents as torrents checks its accuracy so you don’t have to.

I am running Windows XP on one machine (IBM Thinkcentre) and Linux Mint on the IBM Thinkpad R52. If you have some older computers sitting around there are some great Linux distributions for those lower powered computers as well.

Linux Mint has a user’s manual that is a good read. It will be available as an option the first time you log on after an installation. Ubuntu is very user friendly with a large support forum.

Enjoy both Windows and Linux.

And Merry Christmas.


11 posted on 12/13/2009 10:09:10 PM PST by bajabaja
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To: knarf

Bah! Nothing to do with being old. You’ll get used to it. It makes a heck of a lot more sense when you do than the maze of nonsense that is Windows.

Upon investigation, the EEE uses a Debian based distro, which should be able to install from the 32 bit package available here:

http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html

Just download it and double click it. Worst case, you’ll get an error. Best case, you’ll get a browser. :)


12 posted on 12/13/2009 10:12:27 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: smokingfrog

It’s your newest gateway to all the free software you could ever want.

You can get a better idea here:

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/11/06/eee-pc-tips-a-crash-course-in-linux/


13 posted on 12/13/2009 10:14:57 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: smokingfrog

In this case, the package manager isn’t necessary. Just download the 32 bit Ubuntu version and double click it when it’s done here:

http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html


14 posted on 12/13/2009 10:17:29 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: dfwgator

Really?

Did were you able to use the Hulu Site and Fox News Business Channel online?

I could get You Tube to work and other similar sites but as far as a pure flash player it didn’t work.


15 posted on 12/13/2009 10:17:40 PM PST by dila813
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To: bajabaja
I'm using a netbook. No optical drive.     
16 posted on 12/13/2009 10:19:49 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: knarf
I have no idea what you just said. I ... feel ... so ... old.
I am not the poster who said what you have no idea about, but I am probably older (and possibly better looking) than you are. I do have some suggestions: just download a linux distribution to your hard drive and "burn" it to a CD. Yes, a single CD. Then load it into any computer's CD drive and boot the machine, select the option to boot temporarily from the CD drive, and you can test drive the linux distribution without installing it on your hard drive. My reply to the original poster has more information about suggested linux distributions for downloading. Enjoy both Windows and Linux and have a Merry Christmas.
17 posted on 12/13/2009 10:19:57 PM PST by bajabaja
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To: bajabaja

Netbooks don’t come with a CD, I installed the distro from a Flash Drive, you have to go into the BIOS and change the boot order so that it will boot from the flash drive, but it’s pretty straightforward.


18 posted on 12/13/2009 10:22:46 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
I'll probably try it ... but you missed my point ...


EEE is a shoe size, I think Kirk 'did' an amazingly beautiful human looking Debian, a distro is a place either an eatery, drinkery or dancery, and If I can't get a better handle on package management this Christmas, I believe my system will become the repository of about a fifth of Jack Daniels.

19 posted on 12/13/2009 10:23:00 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: smokingfrog

See #18


20 posted on 12/13/2009 10:23:16 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: smokingfrog
I'm using a netbook. No optical drive.

Do not let that stop things. You have a USB portal? Linux can be stored onto the USB "pen drive" and booted from there. A search for "boot linux from USB" should get you plenty of details.
21 posted on 12/13/2009 10:23:46 PM PST by bajabaja
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To: dfwgator

In case the original poster reads this, you can probably temporarily set your “boot from” directive by depressing either F2, esc, or F12. This avoids entering the full fledged BIOS program (it should create a list of “boot from” options instead), which sometimes puts people off from going futher with Linux.


22 posted on 12/13/2009 10:27:52 PM PST by bajabaja
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Thanx


23 posted on 12/13/2009 10:31:33 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: smokingfrog

I’m running Google Chrome on Ubuntu. I have no problem with flash in it. It’s an easy install with Ubuntu, you just install from the .deb file, but I don’t know what package management system the eeepc’s OS uses. Google offers a .deb and a .rpm.


24 posted on 12/13/2009 10:31:44 PM PST by wvdmc
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To: knarf

LOL! Gotcha. Just remember that if you’re going to limit yourself to only one fifth of Jack Daniels, somewhere an angel will lose his wings and learning Linux will be a lot less fun. (even if it IS easier to remember...)


25 posted on 12/13/2009 10:32:53 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: smokingfrog

I have Ubuntu 9.04 for 64 bit processor. The Chrome beta version did not load properly. I figure I’ll just wait some until they get it right.


26 posted on 12/13/2009 11:39:51 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: bajabaja
I'm Linux challenged, and don't even know how to install it.

Well, I do know how to install it, but if surfing the net and email is all I use a computer for, WHY install Linux?

27 posted on 12/14/2009 3:25:58 AM PST by MrPiper
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Why install linux at all?

Security. Much better in-built resistance to those bad bugs, viruses, and worms that can infect and destroy your surfing and emailing fun.

But maybe even that is not enough . . .


28 posted on 12/14/2009 6:31:32 AM PST by bajabaja
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To: wvdmc

Do you know if flash is included with Chrome, or does it need to be installed separately?


29 posted on 12/14/2009 8:37:18 AM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: bajabaja
Security. Much better in-built resistance to those bad bugs, viruses, and worms that can infect and destroy your surfing and emailing fun.

OK,, good reasons... I'll try it.

30 posted on 12/14/2009 10:18:27 AM PST by MrPiper
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To: MrPiper
but if surfing the net and email is all I use a computer for, WHY install Linux?

If all I do is drive my car, why use a seatbelt?

Email and web is the #1 place to get junk installed behind the scenes on a Windows-based computer. Linux is a great way to prevent that from happening. Don't let the name Linux scare you either. Ubuntu is a great place to start getting to know it. Once you learn how to use it, you probably won't use Windows very much after.
31 posted on 12/14/2009 10:29:45 AM PST by derekr44
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To: knarf

“my package manager”

Mine are briefs, I don’t like boxers.


32 posted on 12/14/2009 10:33:01 AM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: smokingfrog

Great thread I need to read it later.


33 posted on 12/14/2009 10:41:07 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Kakaze; smokingfrog; knarf; perfect_rovian_storm; dfwgator; bajabaja; dila813
I just posted this...more info on Google's plans:

Google Chrome OS goes native (code)

34 posted on 12/29/2009 10:35:30 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Can you watch foxnews.com flash videos yet?


35 posted on 12/29/2009 11:16:09 AM PST by dila813
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