Google Chrome on Linux

Before I switched to Ubuntu, I had gotten kinda sorta used to using Google Chrome. I was using three browsers side-by-side. IE 7, Firefox 3 and Chrome.

I have keep hoping to find Chrome for Linux on the Google site, however it keeps telling me that it’s only for XP and Vista.


Having said that, it makes me ask this question. Why has Google not brought out a version for Linux? Google isn’t short on Linux expertise, then why only target Microsoft Platform.

Does Google feel that Linux is not mature enough, unified (in the sense of distributions and code base) enough to be worth the trouble to develop and maintain?

What is it?


Migrating to Linux – Essential Software

Essential Software List for Migrating to Linux

I have been using Ubuntu 8.10 for nearly a month now. It is a big deal for me, being a dedicated Windows (Windoze) user since 1993/1994. Since then from time to time I have tried out various distros, Solaris, Irix, Red Hat were what I experienced during my university days. Later on Fedora, SuSE and Ubuntu. All these never lasted long enough, except now.

The first experience was that Ubuntu is the easiest to install when compared to Fedora and SuSE. It came loaded with a lot of software already. However, Below is a list of what I think are important software, from the point of a Windows user..

  1. Open Office from Sun is a good alternative to Microsoft Office. It supports Office 7 file formats.
  2. OpenProject is a good equivalent for Microsoft Project 2007, allowing the opening and editing of Project 2007 documents.
  3. I was using VLC Player on Windows, and am still using it here.
  4. Pidgin is the almost all-in-one IM messenger, for me it supports Google Talk and Live Messenger protocols.
  5. Skype for Linux is available from their site, I use it for official chit-chat.
  6. aMSN is a Live Messenger clone for Linux, tried it for a little while but then switched to Pidgin.
  7. MonoDevelop is the IDE for developing software over MONO, the port of Microsoft .NET framework.
  8. Deluge bit torrent client I prefer over the pre-packaged Transmission client.
  9. Firefox was my choice of browser on Windows, it still is on Linux.
  10. Evolution mail client I use for connecting to Exchange.
  11. Gimp is a great Image authoring and editing tool I was using on Windows also, it is here on Linux.
  12. {More to Come}

I will keep updating this list as time goes on, or when I can. 😉 If you have any suggestions, please let me know through your comments.