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Google Chrome and the new era of the browser OS

Posted by Kunal on September 2, 2008

Unless you are living under a rock (narrowly defined as someone who doesn’t obsessively follow the blogosphere/social news :)), you would know that Google is releasing an open source browser called Chrome today. Since I am twittering a lot* about it, I thought I might as well type more than 140 characters for this topic.

I have played with Chrome when I was interning in Google during the summer and was quite impressed by the software. As you will notice after using Chrome, it is fast, sleek and more reliable than Firefox Lately, FF seems to crash a lot on me; most of the times due to some flash website or something similar. Chrome’s ‘one process per tab’ architecture will mitigate this problem. Firefox’s traditional strength has been its community and the plethora of addons that make it so useful. It would be interesting to see how the community reacts to another open source browser. When I first used Chrome, I was very excited about the new thoughtful features in the browser, but a lot of it is now implemented in Firefox 3 as well. Infact, Mozilla just announced that they further improved the speed of their javascript engine, a fact that removes some shine off V8, Chrome’s javascript engine (when it was first implemented, it was waay faster than the state of the art at that time. 20x or so). Lots of excitement notwithstanding, I had to keep my mouth shut till the official release :)

With the recent release of Mozilla Ubiquity and now Chrome, there will be a paradigm shift in terms of how browsers are viewed. To rehash what many people have been saying, the browser is the new OS. Not Operating System as in the classical definition of something that manages resources, but OS as a software platform. Think of Ubiquity as the new command line and now Chrome brings separate processes and integrated offline experience (through Gears), and you get something that starts resembling a good platform to build your applications on. This is clearly an exciting phase for browsers!

Chrome is currently being released only for Windows and so I won’t be able to use it much. I will wait till I can get my hands on the beta release for my favorite real Operating System ;)

* I hate Twitter, but I love micro blogging. 140 characters seems too limiting, but it is quite useful for people like me who are lazy to write big blog posts :)

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Now I know why

Posted by Kunal on June 2, 2007

When Dell started offering Ubuntu Linux on their computers recently, people were surprised. So was I. Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux was also vary when Dell initially put the idea of offering some Linux distribution on their computers. So, when Dell actually started selling the computers, everyone was pleasantly surprised.

I think I know why Dell is offering Linux. Read this. Michael Dell uses Ubuntu on his laptop! Just proves that anyone who uses a good Linux distribution will become an instant fan and will start evangelizing :)

Of course, it is entirely possible that Michael Dell installed Linux after they decided to put it on their machines to test it, but I am happier with the other explanation.

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Wake up and smell the Java!

Posted by Kunal on November 14, 2006

Sun open sources Java. Wohoo!

That too under GPL! Now, we can expect faster Java and easier integration into Linux.

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Linux and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Posted by Kunal on July 30, 2006

Linux is evolution, not intelligent design. - Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds on the Linux kernel design process :)
Read Greg KH’s talk on the Linux kernel here.

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Google Earth coming to Linux

Posted by Kunal on May 29, 2006

Just after Picasa was released we find out they are also working on Google Earth for Linux also.

Google cares about Linux! Last week Google released Picasa for Linux. While it is not a native Linux program, it works under Wine. I think this is a major step towards Linux acceptance by big software companies. Traditionally, software companies will release a Linux version only if the software is written in Java and hence it is platform agnostic. With Picasa, we can expect great quality software (although not open source) to be released under Linux. I downloaded Picasa and it works flawlessly on my Kubuntu machine. I have run Wine applications before and this one is different. Essentially because it links with libwine (which means that its not as bad as running a .exe under Linux. Google has made internal changes to Picasa).

Google Earth coming to Linux will be nice as there are no open source alternatives to it. Many people are complaining that this is a half hearted attempt by Google to woo Linux users because Picasa isn't a native Linux application. I think if Google isn't going to open source their applications (the best option ), they might as well make it run under Wine. A closed source natively compiled application is as bad as closed source application running under Wine in my opinion.

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