Tony's ramblings on Open Source Software, Life and Photography


My Gripe With Chrome

I love the Google Chrome browser. I'm currently typing this using the beta version for Linux which was easy to download and install once I figured out where to get it.

For my javascript-heavy pages that I use on a daily basis, it's blindingly fast compared to Firefox. I've only found one rendering "bug" but it's with something I'm doing a bit of non-standard CSS work with.

My only gripe is that it doesn't use the middle mouse button to open links in a new tab. It works great if you middle-click on a bookmark item, but middle click on a link doesn't open in a new tab, and I can find no setting to make that happen.

Surprisingly enough, that's a deal-killer for me. I've grown too lazy to have to right-click a link and choose "Open in new tab." Yeah, that's sad.

**** UPDATE ****
Weird... later in the day the middle-click started working mysteriously. Why?


Larry Dignan of ZDNet Misses The Point

On the announcement of Google Chrome, Google's new entry into the "browser wars", Larry Dignan actually said:

"However, there is a bigger question here. How much do you want to rely on Google for your business?"

On re-reading his article he also conveniently sidesteps the entire open-source issue.

That's right girls and boys, Google Chrome is announced as open-source and so is the JavaScript VM they have had developed for it. So the real question is...

Does Google even matter when the product is open-source and cross platform? Certainly Google's mindset is to create a cross-platform browser with new standards for application development, and what better way to create a new standard than to make it open-source?

I think this is a great play for Google. The geeks are sure to jump onboad immediately. I forsee Firefox implementing some of the technologies that Google is developing. I forsee Microsoft trying to clone it in IE9 while still locking you into Microsoft technologies, in true Microsoft fashion.

I forsee this as the next nail in the Microsoft coffin.

Dennis Howlett, also of zdnet, says that no CXO is going to give Chrome all that much thought.

Wrong, Dennis. CXO's who want to stay on top of their game are going to jump on the bandwagon faster than you can say security. I know I am. Sure I probably won't deploy it to all my workstations today, but I'm certain that my department will be running it on their own machines by the end of the day, just to see how it works.