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Google’s Chrome Port For N900 Available For Download [How To & Brief Test]

Sunday, 11 April 2010 15:55

Written by Apocalypso

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chromium_00After recent release of the first stabile version of the Mozilla’s mobile web browser, Nokia N900 users just got another 3rd party solution to enhances their web browsing experiences on the go and are able now to choose between three high-quality web browsers with full flash support

A programmer by the name of Jacekowski managed to port and release the unofficial version of the Google Chrome browser . Browser also comes with the full Flash Support and is fully compatible with Web standards according to the Acid3 test in which this version scores an impressive 100%.

Unlike mobile version of Firefox browser which is heavily optimized for smaller screens, Chromium is the full desktop version based on the 32-bit Debian package and will definitely need some interface optimizations to make it more finger friendly. The whole project is obviously work-in-progress, released in a little bit buggy, unfinished state with a plenty of room for improvements but you should give it a try anyway.

This first release isn’t compatible the build in app manager so it requires manually installation through the X-terminal. Installing procedure is quite simple and basically all you need to do is to download Chromium and libraries and execute following commands or change the paths and file names depending on where you downloaded the files.
  1. Download Chromium and Libs
  2. Run X-terminal
  3. Type root and hit enter
  4. Type cd /home/user/MyDocs/.documents and hit enter
  5. Type dpkg -i chromium file name.deb
  6. Type dpkg -i libs file name.deb

In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome's source code, including its V8 JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium. This move enabled third-party developers to study the underlying source code and help port the browser to Mac OS X, Linux and to Maemo OS now.
The Google-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license, which allows portions to be incorporated into both open source and closed-source software programs.[ Other portions of the source code are subject to a variety of open-source licenses. Chromium implements the same feature set as Chrome, but lacks automatic updates and Google branding, most notably it has a blue-colored logo in place of the multicolored Google logo

Source: Slash

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