[Molvis-list] Jmol and chrome

Dan Bolser dan.bolser at gmail.com
Sun Sep 7 13:23:09 EDT 2008

2008/9/6 Raymond Keller <rsk at misinformation.org>:
> * Dan Bolser (dan.bolser at gmail.com) [20080906 07:15]:
>> 2008/9/5 Kevin Karplus <karplus at soe.ucsc.edu>
>> >
>> > Since Chrome doesn't exist for Macs or Linux boxes, I have no way to
>> > check its deficiencies.  That deficiency alone is enough to rule out
>> > my ever using it.
>> I'll second that! What are Google thinking?
>> "How about Chrome for Linux? You're even more out of luck than people
>> running Steve Jobs' operating system. Although Google's also gathering
>> e-mail addresses from Linux users who want to be pinged when a version
>> is ready, Chrome's developer notes spell out some bad news: "There is
>> no [emphasis in original] working Chromium-based browser on Linux,"
>> says the build documentation, in red type within a bordered box, no
>> less."
> The situation may not be so gloomy for Linux+Google fans.
> The above-quoted article says also:
>  ``"We're hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux," the
>  company's heads of engineering and product management said on
>  Monday...''
> The "developers' notes" page referenced in said article is a page of
> documentation on how to build Chromium on Linux.  Boldly noting how
> it doesn't actually build is just appropriate warning.
>  http://dev.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/build-instructions-linux
> My guess is that Google is interested in eating Microsoft's lunch by
> turning desktop OSs into commodities by assuring all desktops can
> run a common platform of web technology.  Either they'll dominate
> the browser space or facilitate it.  Facilitating is probably
> easier, so I imagine we can expect open source leadership and
> standards compliance for the next decade.  Which I believe spells
> interoperability with standards-compliant molecular visualization
> systems.

Actually, yeah, the open source nature of the Cromium project is not
to be forgotten in a hurry. That is a very positive step in the right

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