Installing on UbuntuThe good news or the bad news first? Good news? Installing Chrome only requires you to install one file. The bad news? You have to do it from the command line. The reason for this is because the Linux version is still very much in Beta so it has not been released to any repositories. Because of that you have to download the .deb file and install the browser manually. This isn't as bad as having to install the browser in Fedora though. So at least you have that knowledge to take umbrage in.
The steps to installing Chrome on Ubuntu are as follows:
- Point your browser to the Google 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 you are presented.
- Save the downloaded file into a directory (for the purpose of this tutorial we'll say ~/Downloads).
- Open a terminal window.
- Change to the ~/Downloads directory with the command cd ~/Downloads
- Issue the following command: sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-unstable* which will install the browser.
Once installed you will find the menu entry for Chrome the Internet sub-menu of the Applications menu (see Figure 1).
Once you start Chrome you will know just what to do. But in case you're wondering what Chrome looks like on Linux, take a look at Figure 2.
Installing on FedoraInstalling Chromium on Fedora isn't really all that much harder than it is on a Debian-based system. But with Fedora you have a couple of different options. You can either install from command line or you can install using the yum package management too. The benefit of installing via yum is that you will be able to update¬† Either way the installation is simple. Let's take a look at the command line install first.
To install Chromium on Fedora 10 or 11 (we'll be using 11 for this tutorial) there are two files you have to install: v8 and Chromium. You can download both of these files from the FedoraPeople website . You will want to make sure you click on the link for the release you are using (either 10 or 11). If you are using any release earlier than 10 you will not be able to install Chromium. As of this writing, the two files you will download are:
yum install minizipOnce that installation is finished running issue the following command:
rpm -ivh *rpmThe above command assumes that the v8 and chromium files are the only rpm files in the directory. If you have more rpm files in that directory you can alter that command to:
rpm -ivh v8* chromium*Either of the above commands will install the files. If you do wind up with dependency issues make note of them and install those dependencies via yum or gpk-application.
Now, if you want to install using the yum package manager you have to first add a new repository file to the /etc/yum.repos.d directory.¬† To do this use the following steps:
- Open your favorite editor and enter the su command to gain root access.
- Create the /etc/yum.repos.d/chromium.repo file.
- Add the following contents to the file:
[chromium]NOTE: If you are using Fedora 10 replace F11 with F10 in the baseurl entry.
name=Chromium Test Packages
- Save the file.
Now you need to update yum with the command:
yum updateOnce yum has updated you are ready to install Chromium. Issue the following command:
yum install chromiumand answer 'Y' to install.
After the installation is complete you are ready to run Chromium. You will find Chromium listed in the Internet sub-menu of the Applications menu.
How Does It Stack Up?I want to preface this by saying Opera was left out of the testing because there is a serious issue with the 9.64 release that causes pages to render EXTREMELY slow. With that said, here are the results for browser start times and page load times. NOTE: The Firefox release used is 3.5.1. The times are an average of five tries for each test.
Browser start times
- Firefox: 1.94 seconds
- Chrome: .86 seconds
- Firefox: 4.96 seconds
- Chrome: 3.35 seconds