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People say Linux is fast. People say Ubuntu is fast. What are these people talking about exactly?

Well, it’s not the browser performance. Have a look at the performance results from Peacekeeper.

Side by side - Peacekeeper results for Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows XP

I ran these on a 6 year old laptop, an old centrino 1.7Ghz with a shitty ATI. Just for completeness sake, since it doesn’t really matter. I’m willing to assert that you will have similar results on any machine.

Add to this the shitty graphics drivers to slow the rendering down, and the ubber-shitty flash for the ultimate cherry on top of the cake.

So you see gentlemen, when you say linux is “faster” … well, it’s really not that simple. On the server? sure. On the desktop, on the applications that matter to the desktop user… it’s not faster. At all.

No wonder Ubuntu drains my battery much faster. Not only isn’t powersaving optimal for all my hardware because of inexistent manufacturer support, but the applications themselves burn much more cpu.

BONUS POINTS: Notice the font rendering in XP. Now Ubuntu. Now XP. Holy shit.

PS – A real post in what? Over a year? Holy shitz!

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Chromium is getting ported to linux, so why not give it a spin?

The project in hosted on launchpad, and normaly no one would need instructions to add a repository or PPAs or whatever but since they started using PGP keys, it’s not as straightforward. You can see instructions on the Launchpad Blog but I’m putting them here for future reference.

The PPAs (for ubuntu 9.04, check the launchpad page for other versions) are:
deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

And the key file is this, but save yourselve the trouble and download it already on a file from my mirror

Now go to System->Admnistration->Software Sources and under Third Party Software add the PPAs. Don’t update just yet because you’ll need the key. Under Authentication hit Import Key File and choose the file you downloaded. Now you’re good to go, update away.

The package is chromium-browser . It already has tabs but will crash on you without hesitation.

It’s in pre-alpha stage, read the warning, so don’t bitch about it.

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Yeah, it’s disappointing but if you install prism (both with the firefox extension, which I use, and installing by the reps) there’s no google gears for you.

Since this sucks, there are workarounds. The reference blog post is in brain dump, if you feel like dwelving thru the comments go ahead. Here’s the complete guide, no editing and no command line involved

1-Download the modded gears-linux-opt.xpi (my mirror)
2-To load the prism thing, you will need to first convert whatever website you’re interested in tools->”convert website to application” and create a shortcut in the desktop. The icon will most probably look like shit, but ignore that for now.
3-Install google gears on prism by going to the menu->tools->add-ons and drag and drop the file you downloaded.

4-After restarting prism you will see that gears is shouting already that it’s installed. Now when it asks if you want to create a desktop shortcut say yes because this one will have the nice icon.

You will need to do this on every web app you want to have on your desktop, there is no global google gears intallation for prism but a local installation for every web app you have.

Naturally, here’s the shot to prove I speak the truth



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