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Chromium Browser’s Web Apps

April 25, 2010

Wow, it’s been a while since my last posting!   Here’s a short and sweet tip.  Try out Chromium as an alternative to Firefox. It’s light, fast, open source, and stable. Some people prefer it to firefox because it’s so fast and easy to use.  I find it usually loads twice as fast as Firefox.  It also is very useful for how it lets you create ‘web applications’ which I’ll explain in a second.

Installation: enter these commands in your terminal:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install chromium-browser


Web Applications:


Similar to Mozilla Prism but faster and easier to use, Chromium will let you turn a web site into a ‘web app’ which can be launched from a desktop icon, into a separate application window.   Each web app, running shows an icons in your task bar.   The web site appears like a separate applicatios without all the clutter of the normal web browser user interface.  Using Chromium’s ability to make application shortcuts on your desktop is really ideal for small screen computers like netbooks.  I like having my most frequently used web sites ready to load with a single click.  It gives much tighter integration with the OS, and is much more ‘distraction free’.    Right now I have set up on my netbook desktop a bunch of web apps like; google talk, mibbit, google contacts, slim timer, remember the milk, and more.

Here’s a short little video from Google showing how easy it is to do.

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