Tuesday, December 06, 2011

At Work with Linux: Adding Google Chrome to Ubuntu 11.10

Real honest-to-goodness Google Chrome

Finally found decent directions for installing Google Chrome here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=381d28fd49d3fc52&hl=en

I'll repeat the pertenant parts.

Perform the following four steps in order:
  1. Download the Chrome Debian package to your 'Downloads' directory (or whatever directory Firefox uses for downloads) from http://www.google.com/chrome
  2. Open a terminal from Dash or press [Ctrl][Shift][T]
  3. Run command: sudo apt-get install libnspr4-0d libnss3-1d libxss1 libcurl3
  4. Run command: sudo dpkg -i './Downloads/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb'
Once installed you'll find it via Dash. You can drag-and-drop the Chrome icon to the launcher.

Why use Google's Chrome rather than what you'll find via Ubuntu Software Center? Because the version in Ubuntu Software Center is at major revision 14, while Google Chrome's major version (at this point in time) is 15. After installing Ubuntu's version of Chrome there were no further updates. Hopefully this version will now update from Google at the same pace as all my other direct Google Chrome installations. Time will tell.

Note

If you decide to stay with Firefox, Ubuntu's repository is following the Firefox release schedule. Base Ubuntu installs Firefox 7. It was recently updated automatically to Firefox 8.

Update 7 December

I executed the same instructions for Linux Mint 12 with the exact same results.

Google Chrome 15 and Linux Mint 12

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