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    Google Chrome: Open Source Web Browser


    From CNET: Google 'starting from scratch' with own browser, Chrome | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone - CNET

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    Word surfaced Monday of a Web "comic book" introducing Google Chrome, the search giant's long-rumored open-source browser project. While the illustrations, created by cartoonist Scott McCloud, were not officially announced by Google, they do contain the quotes and likenesses of 19 Google developers.

    The detailed, 38-page comic appeared on Google Blogoscoped, which is not an official Google blog. (The link to the comic has been down intermittently.) The book is broken down into five main sections covering stability; speed; search and the user experience, security, and standards.
    A Google browser is something that has been bounced around in rumors for years now, but it appears that we may actually see something in the near future based off of this news. The CNET article provides a very good overview of the webcomic, which you can find here - Google on Google Chrome - comic book - but the site is currently getting hammered with traffic, so it's hit and miss at the moment.

    Overall it seems like Google has hit most of the key areas, security, standards, speed (WebKit and Java)...hopefully they can build on the success of their other products such as Gmail and Google Reader, and it's clear that there will be a substantial focus on web based applications as well.

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    my guess is it will be 101% awesome.

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    damn, this is huge news.

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    It sounds credible - with things like Android, it makes sense that Google would create a browser in their universe.

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    I think that everyone assumed that sooner or later they would write a new browser... Anyways I am pumped because they will do it right and make it easy to code for...
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    I'm working my way through the comic and it sounds pretty good so far

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    lolol

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    supposed to be available today, beta of course, not sure if i want to try it, too addicted to FF, but im sure ill try it
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    • The idea of multiple processes instead of threads is a good idea. IE's been doing it for years until IE7. You can still do it with any current browser just by launching new browsers instead of tabs. This doesn't put them all in one window, though. I believe there are third-party interfaces that will let you open tabs as processes. None of them have been very nice solutions, though. So this is something that will turn out to be very awesome. However, the article was great until they got to the point where they said if you browser to another domain in the current tab, it will throw away all the resources from the previous domain. I don't remember the exact number, but a huge majority (more so than any other) of browsing is going back to sites you were already at. For example, I may click on a link, like the article about Google Chrome. I'll read through that link, and then head back to StrafeRight. Browsers like Safari, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer, all keep a certain amount of browsing history cached. I think Firefox keeps up to 10 pages cached because chances are you'll go back to them. So with Google Chrome, it will now have to go grab all those resources over again.

    • The built-in task manager is awesome.

    • They're using WebKit, the engine developed by Apple and others, and used in Apple Safari, Konqueror, Epiphany, and other browsers. This engine is truly superior to the Gecko engine used in Firefox (and others). This makes me happy. I am constantly saying how fast it is. It's pretty awesome to see Google say they were impressed by how fast it is, too.

    • It's interesting to see that, despite them using WebKit, they're going to use something else for JavaScript. WebKit already has the fastest JavaScript engine out there as I've already proven. Although they make some awesome points. The hidden classes are great.

    • The address bar will behave identical to Firefox 3 with some of the more annoying parts about it fixed.

    • When I use new tabs, I always have them open a blank page. I do this because, like the article said, it's faster. The way they're going to do it is a bit like how Opera is doing it currently. They have the “Speed Dial” feature which shows nine boxes that you can set to any site. This way you can add your most viewed sites an quickly get to them. The only difference with Chrome is that it looks like it will fill this information in for you, which I like.

    • I like the porn mode. It sounds like it will behave about 100% identical to the Private Browsing mode in Safari.

    • I was telling Teck about Sandboxie a week or so ago. It looks like Google Chrome will do something completely identical to it. Sandboxie is great for running applications you've downloaded but don't trust. Or if you'd like to browse sites of questionable content, then there's no way any file can get on your system to cause problems. So it basically looks like Chrome will just combine the two together. This is a great idea. I love the way they split everything up.

    • The reference to “DANGER! DANGER!” is great.

    • Gears is a cool idea. But getting other browser developers to implement them will be a major pain. IE8 still isn't fully compatible with everything on the web. There's just so much new stuff on the web and IE is so far behind. With IE being one of the most used browsers, getting them to support standards is going to be a make-or-break deal.




    All-in-all, I think Google can do it. They have some of the most intelligent, cool people working for them. With as large and popular as a company they are, they certainly have the power and push to pull something like this off. I most certainly look forward to this browser when it comes out. They had me sold when they mentioned they were using WebKit.
    Last edited by Dopefish; 09-02-2008 at 01:09 PM.

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    ALTMAN BE PRAISED Dopefish's Avatar
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    There's also screenshots of the browser here:
    Google Chrome Screenshots


    I wonder if they'll have a Mac version. mg:

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