This is just a quick & (very) dirty trick to run Google [blippr]Chrome[/blippr] on [blippr]Linux[/blippr] using a precompiled debian package instead of compiling the enormous source tarball.
Step 1. Download the Deb
Get your browser to Developer Download page for Linux x86 and accept [blippr]Google[/blippr] Terms of service.
Step 2. Unpack the unpackable
Open a terminal emulator and cd to your download directory ( mine is Desktop )
cd ~/Desktop mv google-chrome-unstable_current_i386.deb /tmp cd /tmp ar x google-chrome-unstable_current_i386.deb tar xvf data.tar.gz sudo cp opt/google/chrome /opt/ -r sudo ln -s /google/chrome/chrome /usr/bin/
Step 3. Link some libs
Chrome requires some libs which I didn’t find in my gentoo portage tree. Probably I could update nss and nspr but I prefer using stable ebuilds so I decided to manually link some missing libs…
ln -s /usr/lib/nss/libnss3.so.12 /usr/lib/libnss3.so.1d ln -s /usr/lib/nss/libnssutil3.so.12 /usr/lib/libnssutil3.so.1d ln -s /usr/lib/nss/libsmime3.so.12 /usr/lib/libsmime3.so.1d ln -s /usr/lib/nss/libssl3.so.12 /usr/lib/libssl3.so.1d ln -s /usr/lib/nspr/libplds4.so.7 /usr/lib/libplds4.so.0d ln -s /usr/lib/nspr/libplc4.so.7 /usr/lib/libplc4.so.0d ln -s /usr/lib/nspr/libnspr4.so.7 /usr/lib/libnspr4.so.0d
Step 4. Run it
If you want to simply launch it you just need to run chrome from anywhere.
If you want to create a launcher you can use chrome as command and choose an icon from /opt/chrome/
This is just a pre-release and many features are missing. Anyway I’m quite happy about having the possibility to try out Google Chrome without compiling it (it would be a cpu suicide I believe) and I noticed that it seems incredibly fast on launching. Maybe it’s because not all features have been built in, but it’s impressive in any case!
Here’s a screen I made from my Gentoo Box