Life with Linux: Installing Chrome

I first headed to the Ubuntu Software Center. It seems very intuitive and very well laid out so it is a great place to start with when looking for relevant software.

I found the Chromium Web Browser, but I wasn’t sure if it was the exact same thing as Google Chrome and if it indeed had support for extensions.

So I just headed over to and just installed the browser from there. It was a 12.8MB download for a 32-bit package. So basically it just takes a min or two to get started on that.

While installing I had to give the process the Administrator rights, just like Windows 7 used to bug me with continuous prompting me if I wanted to run a process. No real difference here 😛

So the browser shows up in the Internet menu and I can run it right away. Set the homepage and default search engine to Bing (yes I don’t Google anymore, I Bing it 😉 )

The extension support is there so that was a relief and I don’t think I need to elaborate more on that!

I do however use the Dev channel to keep the really latest version running. So I just ended up on the following link

and got the link to move to the Dev channel.

It was another 16.8 MB download but I guess from the browser point of view, I don’t think I’ll be missing anything at all.

Update: I just realized that I could have installed the ‘unstable’ version from the Synaptic Package Manager and the whole process is much more intuitive. And now my Chrome environment is exactly like I did in Windows. So far it’s looking good.


Life with Linux: Browser- Chrome vs. Firefox

I had completely shifted to Google Chrome but still kept Firefox as a backup browser. Chrome is far less sophisticated than Firefox but that is also one key feature. Since the extension support and a more robust experience, I have continued to rely on Chrome.

The first thing that I would be doing is to add Google Chrome and see how it performs on Ubuntu.