A lot of Linux users and Mac users were left out with yesterday’s Google Chrome release. Chrome is Google’s own browser that packs a lot of technical advancements under the hood and is competing headlong with the heavyweights such as Firefox, Safari, etc.
Now, even Linux users can now run Google Chrome with Wine. Thanks to My Science is Better, who has figured out how to run Google Chrome on Linux using Wine.
Install Google Chrome in Linux
I tried this on my OpenSUSE 11.0 machine with some success. Here are the steps involved
- Make sure you have wine >= 1.1.3 installed (look for wine snapshot)
- Download winetricks and install it (remove the space in w get)
w get http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks
sudo cp winetricks /usr/sbin
- Install some dependencies for Chrome
winetricks riched20 riched30 (mandatory)
winetricks flash allfonts (optional)
- Download Chrome installer (remove the space in w get)
w get http://gpdl.google.com/chrome/install/149.27/chrome_installer.exe
- Install Chrome – choose to create a desktop icon
- Now, go to Desktop icon and choose properties and edit it to add the –new-http flag.
from: env WINEPREFIX=”/home/kar2378/.wine” wine “C:\windows\profiles\kar2378\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
to: env WINEPREFIX=”/home/kar2378/.wine” wine “C:\windows\profiles\kar2378\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –new-http –in-process-plugins
- Startup Google Chrome from your desktop and enjoy!
Issues running Chrome in OpenSUSE
You might not encounter this but just a heads up on things I encountered in OpenSUSE. The installer didn’t prompt me with much options although I got the ‘Start Chrome’ message and the desktop icon had installed. After I changed the command as above, Google Chrome started.
I am yet to get proxy working on it to get on the Internet and will update the post once I do it. Some of the icons you see on my desktop run on Mozilla Prism.