Installing Google Chrome on Knoppix 7.4 Persistant

9 11 2014

Knoppix 7.4 comes with the IceWeasel browser. Awesome name, but I really prefer Google Chrome.If you have a persistent version of Knoppix on a thumb drive or hard drive then there are few steps you have to go through to install Google Chrome.

1. Download 32-bit Debian version of Google Chrome. Just go to google.com in IceWeasel and search for chrome browser. The download will be saved in the downloads folder automatically.

2. Install Google Chrome

Open a terminal window using the tool bar.

Type CD Downloads. (Yes capitalization is important).

Type SUDO DPKG -i <Package name>

where <package name. = the name of the downloaded file.

at the time of writing the command is

SUDO DPKG -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

During the install you will see an error about libappindicator1 not being installed.

3. Fix dependencies using Synaptic Package Manager

In your terminal window type

SUDO synaptic

Ignore prompt to fix broken packages.

Click on the search button and type

libappindicator1 and press enter

Right click the application package libappindicator1 and mark for installation.

Click apply changes.

Done!!

Google Chrome will now be in your “Internet” Menu. Login with your gmail credentials and all extensions will automatically install. If you use hangouts, it will install a hangouts application and place it in the system tray.

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I’m ‘this’ close to switching from Firefox to Chrome

14 12 2009

Firefox is a great browesr, the extensions available make life on the internet so much more convenient and productive. I have *never* used Internet Explorer as my primary browser, prior to Firefox I used Netscape and SeaMonkey. When I see others using IE or Firefox without extensions I cringe. All those ads (Yuk!), no easy way to navigate through page history without moving the mouse plus a click or three. Consider having bookmark syncing across browser types /operating systems. Auto tab opening. We get so spoiled so easily.

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As great as it is, Firefox is no longer the fastest browser available, it is almost as slow as Internet Explorer IMHO. Google Chrome browser is so much faster, but extensions are not available with Chrome 3 or earlier. Despite the raw speed, the lack of the extra functions I’ve grown accustomed to were missing.Enter Chrome 4.0 Beta with extensions. I checked out the extension capability and lo and behold there are a ton available!! In fact I have found equivalent extensions to my Firefox extensions, minus one I like a lot (Tab Mix Plus). Chrome has some great extensions that are NOT available for Firefox, all the latest extension writing talent appears to have migrated to Chrome. I found a great Twitter client called Metrist, clean easy interface with a count for unread tweets, re-tweet ad replies all in a small package. I also found a Facebook extension called Facebook Cleanup, which allows one to get more space for posts, it changes the page from the default 3 column layout to two column, much neater and more readable!! Oh and Facebook ads are history. I haven’t found a similar cleanup add-on for Firefox.

Chrome is so much faster, both to load initially and render web pages. I can’t find an extension in Chrome that replaces Tab Mix Plus. The feature I love is the automatic opening of tabs when clicking on favorites or URL’s entered into the address bar (once you get used to it, you can’t go back).

Above and to the left are the extensions I use in Firefox 3.5.5, and below to the right those I have installed in Chrome 4 Beta. Once I can find an extension that will open tabs automatically by clicking on favorites or when I manually enter a URL, I’m sold and will most likely switch. The extension ‘action’ appears to be with Google right now.





Google Chrome OS – First Impressions

5 12 2009

About - Click on image to enlarge

Google Chrome OS (Cherry) is available for download. This is a preview release of the product. Google announced earlier this year that they would be rolling out an operating system  sporting its Chrome browser. True to their word here it is!!

The current release is a bootable image and is made available for writing to a USB drive. If you are using windows and want to try it you will need a program capable of unzipping the tarball file which is intended for use with Linux. I used 7-zip to do the extraction, for some reason I had to extract the extracted file before I got to the drive image I needed to flash to the USB drive.

Menu - Click image to enlarge

The first thing you notice once you are logged in is that you are presented with the Chrome browser, there is no traditional desktop. The menu is accessed by clicking on the top left tab in the Chrome browser. These are basically shortcuts to specific websites and services. This version of the Chrome browser supports Chrome extensions, which seem to install OK without issues. It booted up in 14 seconds on an average performance USB drive. Slower than Ubuntu 9.10 on the same computer It isn’t a  fair comparison, Ubuntu booted off a fast SSD drive. While Chrome booted fine on my Acer laptop it was not able to detect either the wireless adapter or the on board ethernet. The Acer is not on the list of compatible computers, so I then booted Chrome on my ASUS Eeepc 900 which is compatible. It worked fine detecting the wireless and authenticating using WPA2 encryption.

Hulu in Chrome OS - Click to Enlarge

Out of the box Chrome is flash ready and plays Hulu and YouTube videos without problems. The EeePC had trouble keeping up with the video feed, (using Windows 7 on the fast SSD drive works much better). Video sluggishness is probably a function of using the USB drive to boot. I tested several websites, predictably the google website worked without any problems. Yahoo mail complained that the browser wasn’t supported but worked just fine after I opted to continue anyway. I didn’t notice any rendering problems on any sites. Storage to folders on the USB drive is possible with Chrome OS, it wasn’t obvious how one could browse these files at a later date except in a file open dialog presented by google docs or another web application.

There is no option in Chrome OS to shutdown the computer. I found that simply pressing the power button once initiated a controlled shutdown. Closing the netbook screen put Chrome into a suspend mode.

As I used Chrome more I noticed that it would occasionally fail to render the entire row of tabs and options, hovering over or clicking on the ‘dead space’ fixed the issue. Looks like they still have some work to do there, at least on the ASUS netbook I used.

I’m surprised the product is complete as it is already, I can see it being ready before we can collectively blink. I’ll be on the lookout for more recent builds in the coming weeks and months.

It is promising – but how popular will it really be? One is totally constrained to internet applications, which is the direction the industry is going, I’m not sure the average user is ready for total commitment to running everything in the cloud just yet. (Neither am I :-)