I’ve written a lot of posts about the advantages for running Linux on my netbook. Unfortunately there’s been one application I haven’t been able to get to run smoothly under Ubuntu 9.04. Firefox. No matter how many little tweaks I used, it remained unusably slow, and would drift in and out of conscienceness even when simply using a single tab to check my Gmail. For a machine I use primarily to do that kind of stuff, not having a decent browser was a major problem.
I’ve been using Google Chrome on my Vista PC since day one and I think it’s an amazing browser. It’s one of the few pieces of software I really missed on Ubuntu. I tried Opera, which was a little quicker, but couldn’t get used to it. I even considered giving up and going back to Windows. But as it turns out, the development version of Chromium is pretty stable already, and really, really fast.
Chromium is the open source project behind Chrome, and besides the less colorful logo it’s nearly impossible to tell them apart. Because it’s a development version, it’s a little harder to install, but this great post will guide you through that with ease. I had it up and running in minutes.
I’d given an much earlier release a try a while ago, and back then it used to crash every couple of minutes. The current 188.8.131.52 version is still a little less stable than the the Windows version is, but it’s entirely usable. And the performance is simply amazing. And if you, like me, don’t like that bright blue default color scheme very much, Chromium even supports the new Chrome themes.