Linux Users Can Try the Chrome OS Browser Right Now

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Google spilled some choice Chrome OS guts yesterday, leaving us with a heap of files to sift through. The best part? They included the browser. Google's files have been pulled, but Linux users can still download Chrome for Chrome here.


The only file you can really do anything is is a .deb—that's a Debian-based Linux installer package—meaning that Debian (and Ubuntu) users can install it with a few clicks. On Ubuntu 9 I got a dependency issue when I tried to install, but is was easy to fix: I just enabled the Universe and Multiverse repositories in Synaptic, and upgraded the library it told me too.

As for the browser itself, it's not unlike regular Chrome, barring a few telling differences. For one, the clock is on display in the titlebar, as if this browser is going to be the only app you see when using Chrome OS. There's also a frustratingly enigmatic little Google logo in the top left corner, which looks like a menu. When you click it, it pops up with a prompt to log in with an email address. Oh well. In any case, downloads are still working from here; feel free to post more mirrors in the comments. [Living in a Google World via Techcrunch]


I have yet to see what is so good about Chrome. It lacks rss feeds, and has almost the same features as my current browser.