Google Chrome 2.0 Early Access Version Is Here

by on January 9, 2009 · 9 comments· LAST UPDATED January 9, 2009

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Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google and based on the WebKit layout engine and application framework. On January 08, 2009 Google introduced a new release channels system, and now there are three distinct release channels - Stable channel, Beta channel, and Developer preview channel.

Google has released Chrome 1.0 on Dec - 2008, and now the company is all set to release version 2.0 (pre - beta version) of its web browser. From the release notes:

New version of WebKit. WebKit is the open source code Google Chrome uses to render web pages (HTML and CSS). 1.0.154.36 used basically the same version of WebKit as Safari 3.1, but the WebKit team has made a lot of improvements since that was released. 156.1 uses WebKit version 528.8 or, more precisely, revision 39410 from the WebKit source tree. In addition to fixing bugs and enabling features like full-page zoom and autoscroll, the new version also enables some nifty CSS features.

New network code. Google Chrome now has its own implementation of the HTTP network protocol (we were using the WinHTTP library on Windows, but need common code for Mac and Linux). We fixed a few bugs in HTTP authentication and made Google Chrome more compatible with servers that reply with invalid HTTP responses. We need feedback on anything that's currently broken, particularly with proxy servers, secure (https) sites, and sites that require log in.

Look like the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome are getting closer.

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1 Derrick January 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm

You asked if we’ll switch to Google Chrome when it comes out for Linux. I say that I won’t; however, I’d also like to say why. While I’d love to play around with Chrome and I like a lot of things about it under Windows, I find it too minimalistic. I’ve become addicted to the extra features that come with add-ons for Firefox or widgets in Opera.

But, since Google Chrome is open source, I suppose the creation of add-ons by third parties is inevitable. Still though, unless Chrome becomes markedly superior in performance AND I can replicate the add-ons that I can’t live without — I’m staying with Firefox.

There’s my two cents, for whatever it’s worth. :-D

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2 Anti-Google January 10, 2009 at 11:38 am

Google is the Big Brother, written in the Bible under Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.”

Google wants to know about you everything.

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3 Akshay Sulakhe January 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I wont switch…my mistake i said yes…Google is nothing but another corporate..use linux and dont even release software for it…earning zillions using it,still so sticky…

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4 ViNOJ DAViS January 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I love to use Firefox as it has helped me lot in my Development work. The only problem which i have faced with Firefox is that it takes too much memory and slows down my PC. Unless Google gives me a browser which is light and have better Development features then Firefox there is now way that i will be shifting to any other browser;)

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5 Ramesh | The Geek Stuff January 12, 2009 at 8:50 am

As much as I love firefox now, I believe Google will make Chrome very good, that in the future, I will not have a choice but to switch.

It’s like gmail. Almost everybody has a gmail account. Why? Because it is the best free email service out there. Chrome may reach the top of the free browser category one day.

For now, I’m sticking to firefox, as I have too many valuable fire-fox add-ons I cannot live without.

~ Ramesh ~

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6 K4RL0S January 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm

i would try it without a doubt, also don’t have a problem having two good browsers in my pc anyway. Also the minimalistic is not a bother to me. Surely i can find some use to its low memory use, that bothers me greatly in firefox.

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7 anon January 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Please listen to the podcast “SecurityNow#161-Google’s Chrome” for a summary of it’s numerous security blunders…

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8 Piss January 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm

When Chrome get all useful addons that FF have why not ?

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9 George Fragos January 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I currently use Epiphany which is much faster than Firefox but has very few extensions. I will consider Chrome when it’s available for Linux. I consider Google’s envolvement in any product a plus. Regardless, as a web developer I will test my sites with Chrome.

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