Linux, politics, and other interesting things
I’m currently running google-chrome-beta version 5.0.375.55-r47796 on Debian/Unstable. It’s the fastest web browser I’ve used in recent times – it’s the first time that I’ve run a browser that feels faster than my recollection of running IBM WebExplorer for OS/2 on a 486-66 system! It has a good feature set, and it’s the only browser I’ve used that in a typical configuration will make proper use of the screen space by not having a permanent status bar at the bottom of the sceen and by having tabs in the title-bar. But it’s not perfect, here is a list of some bugs:
Above are three partial screen captures of Chrome, the first is when maximised and the second is when the window isn’t maximised. Notice the extra vertical space above the tab in the title bar in the second picture. The third picture shows the right side of the titlebar and you can see a space below the three buttons where you can drag the window around – no matter how many tabs you open that space below the three buttons is reserved. If the Chrome developers had removed the extra vertical space in the titlebar and reserved slightly more horizontal space then you would be able to drag the window around. While an anonymous commentator made a good point that the extra vertical space can be used to drag the window around when the maximum number of tabs are open, it seems that there are other ways of achieving that goal without wasting ~18 vertical pixels. Doing so would be a lot less ugly than what they did with finding text in the page.
The J and K keys don’t work in a view of Venus version 0~bzr95-2+lenny1 (the latest version in Debian/Lenny).
I once had a situation where I entered a ‘.’ at the end of a domain name (which is quite legal – there is always an implied dot) and Chrome then wouldn’t take note of my request to accept all cookies from the domain. I haven’t been able to reproduce that bug, but I have noticed that it stores the settings for whether cookies should be stored separately for domains that end in ‘.’, so “www.cnn.com.” is different from “www.cnn.com” . Iceweasel seems to just quietly strip the trailing dot. Of course this is better than Konqueror which won’t even load a URL with a dot at the end.
Chrome can be relied on to restore all windows rapidly after a crash, unlike Iceweasel which restores them at it’s normal load speed (slow) and Konqueror which doesn’t tend to restore windows. This is good as it does seem to crash regularly. In a response to my post about Chrome and SE Linux  Ben Hutchings pointed out that the --no-sandbox option to chrome disables the creation of a PID namespace and therefore makes debugging a lot easier, if I get a lot of spare time I’ll try and track down some of the Chrome SEGVs.
Overall that’s not too bad. I can use Dell’s site in Iceweasel, so the only critical bug is the cookies issue in Incognito Windows which makes the Incognito feature almost unusable for some sites.Most Popular