Google Chrome - first impressions

So here it is, finally: the legendary Google browser.

And like everything else that Google puts out, it is a gloriously incredible piece of work. It has the best characteristics a piece of software could have: it's simple, fast, responsive, and stable. I've been running it for just a little while now, and while WebKit's rendering (especially of fonts) is slightly different from Gecko's, everything works just about the same as in Firefox... it's all just way, way faster. Opening new tabs is faster. Using Gmail is faster (thanks, no doubt, to the new V8 JavaScript engine). Writing posts is faster. It's really quite incredible... in fact, possibly one of the most impressive open-source developments to date, right up there with Firefox 1 and the Linux kernel. Give it a spin yourself and see.


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