Posted on 09/01/2008 1:37:34 PM PDT by HAL9000
Google have announced plans to take on Microsoft and Firefox with their own open-source browser, codenamed Chrome, by releasing a specially drawn comic by Scott McCloud explaining the app. Based on the existing Webkit rendering engine, Chrome will integrate not only tab-based browsing but Google Gears and a newly integrated search and address system called Omnibox.
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(Excerpt) Read more at slashgear.com ...
Google reinventing the wheel ping.
(fwiw, i'm not dead yet)
Whole comic book available here: http://kara.allthingsd.com/20080901/heres-the-google-chrome-browser-comic-book-hey-microsoft-kaa-pow/
Hmmmmm new browser for DemonRats from their propagandist machine at google.........
if google owns it I avoid it.
I got about halfway through it. So far, it’s a great comic book. Thanks for the link.
Have you joined the dark side with Apple? I always saw you as a PC guy.
Pardon my ignorance, but how can I enlarge the comic to make it legible without leaving the browser?
I started as a mainframe guy in the 1970s. I've been an Apple guy since 1978, and a Linux guy since 1996 for servers.
I have a couple of Windows computers (NT Server and XP), but don't use them much. The NT Server hasn't been booted up in a few years now. The only apps I run on the XP machine are iTunes and CyTV Client.
Anybody figured out how to sort the bookmarks?
Read more of this on ZDNET, it's easier than the comic book.
"First of all, Chrome is a new browser but not a new rendering engine. Whats the difference? A rendering engine just draws words and graphics to a rectangle on the screen. A web browser is all the stuff around that rectangle including menus, tabs, favorites, searching, and so forth. Rendering engines are hard, quirky, and tedious, so for Chrome Google picked the WebKit engine used by Safari, Adobe AIR, iPhone, and Android instead of writing their own. Web developers will be relieved to know that they dont have to worry about yet another engine to target."
This is a direct attack on MS Windows.
With Chrome, you can create an “application shortcut” that will place an icon for a web application (like gmail) on your desktop, quick launch bar, or start menu. Chrome also has a function called “gears” that will let the web application work even if you aren’t connected to the internet, and synch when you reconnect. When you run the web application from your start menu item, it launches a chrome window without anything else. No location bar, or back or forward button, no tabs, no settings. It just looks like an application window.
Theoretically, you could build a web application for a company, that uses these features to look and feel like any other application on your desktop. You don’t even have to tell people to run an installation program.
I’m a Firefox user who has switched to Chrome.
It is fast, friendly, and extremely smart.
I encourage you to take it for a test drive.
I plan to try Chrome when it is available for Macs. The Mac OS X environment is quite different than Windows, and Google needs some time to develop the code for using separate processes, memory management, garbage collection, etc.
Until then, I’ll continue using Safari, Firefox, and generic WebKit.
I’m going to try it tonight. FF3 is bloat-junk, and Moz won’t let you have an older version.
The more I use it, the more I love it.
Ok, I just tried it. Not really impressive, uses as much memory as does FF3. No support for extensions yet, either.
I’ll give it another go when it matures a bit.