HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

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HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby msuggs on Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:13 am

There are couple different ways to achieve this task. The following are terminal and GUI based methods

Install via terminal

In a terminal run the following commands

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following entry to the list.
deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free main

Save and exit gedit

Now run the following command

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

for the unstable development version adjust the the above to

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable


Alternatively you can open synpatic, reload the repositories then search for and install google-chrome

Install via GUI

Download the 32 bit deb for Google Chrome from here

By default LMDE does not come with Gdebi so you will need to install it. Do this in synaptic or by running this command in a terminal

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gdebi

Now that Gdebi is installed you can right click on the installer deb that you downloaded and choose open with Gdebi Package Installer

Allow Gdebi to install the package in the usual way. You will see a warning message at the end of the install. This can be safely ignored.

A couple of extra hints

If when updating your system in the future you get an error message about the chrome repos not being able to be verified. Run the following command in a terminal(This may only apply to the GUI method)

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

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To ensure that this doesn't occur, right click on the Mint Menu and choose Edit menu.

In the menu editor that appears check the Debian menu item so that it will appear in the all applications menu.

Use the Google Chrome icon that appears in the Debian sub-menu to add it to you favourites menu.

Enjoy :)

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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby proxima_centauri on Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:07 am

Stickied.
EDIT: I don't have that power, I'll request it.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby titus on Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:56 am

Thank you omns,
Worked perfectly. The whole LMDE os works like a dream which is largely thanks to people like you who share their time and knowledge.
I'm tempted to use it as my main os but I think I'll wait until we see what happens when Debian starts to bubble again, this calm period may be just before the storm.
Cheers, Titus.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby pghjake on Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:58 am

Alternative is to install chromium-browser. Just edit /etc/apt/sources.list and change main repo from testing to sid, apt-get update and apt-get install chromium-browser. After install edit sources.list back to testing and update again. When sid becomes testing (soon) you will get upgrades to chromium-browser as per your system settings.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby craigevil on Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:07 am

pghjake wrote:Alternative is to install chromium-browser. Just edit /etc/apt/sources.list and change main repo from testing to sid, apt-get update and apt-get install chromium-browser. After install edit sources.list back to testing and update again. When sid becomes testing (soon) you will get upgrades to chromium-browser as per your system settings.


sid is always sid, it does not become testing. Plus there won't be a new testing until Squeeze is actually released, which probably won't happen this year.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby gotjazz on Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:16 am

plus chromium is a bit fast for testing which is why it was removed in the first place.
So either regularly switch your sources back to sid to check for chromium updates or join me in praying there will be a chromium-browser package on the lmde repo :)
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby pghjake on Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:32 pm

Thanks. Let's just say I have a mental block about Debian repo progression :P
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby qa1433 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:07 pm

Hay thanks! Works great!
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby tdockery97 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:20 pm

omns wrote:If when updating your system in the future you get an error message about the chrome repos not being able to be verified. Run the following command in a terminal(This may only apply to the GUI method)
wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

Thanks omns. I was getting that error and now its gone. :D
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby craigevil on Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:16 pm

# Google Chrome, Picasa, Google-Desktop
# Chromium-browser is in the Debian unstable repos https://code.google.com/chromium/
# Secure APT - wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | apt-key add -
# or (gpg --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net --recv A040830F7FAC5991 && gpg --export --armor A040830F7FAC5991 | sudo apt-key add - )

# Stable http://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/apt.html
# deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free main

# Google Testing Repository Picasa 3
# http://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/testrepo.html
#deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ testing non-free

# Google Talk browser plugin http://www.google.com/chat/video
# deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby flygon250 on Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:59 am

I see the files for chromium-browser (the base of Google Chrome without the branding) in the main testing repo now.

I just installed them onto my LMDE system. I have no time to test them at the moment, though (posting from Opera)

just thought I would let you guys know about that.

EDIT: I'm on Chromium right now and it seems to work great.

Also those files weren't there originally, and Debian Testing is in "freeze" at the moment, so I wonder why they decided to add them right before a new stable release. My guess is due to popular demand, but I haven't went over to the Debian forums to see, but when I checked Chromium's entry in the Debian wiki, it said to just update the current repos and aptitude install chromium-browser, so it's definitely meant to be there.

Also, this isn't the latest version of Chromium (which is version 7, which I have on my PCLinuxOS install), but Chromium is really meant to be a unstable version of Chrome for testing new features, so it doesn't really fit with Debian's philosophy of stability, so they decided to release a version which is parallel to the stable version of Google Chrome, which doesn't fit the other Debian philosophy of freedom (it is a GNU/Linux, after all) due to copyrighting.

What I do find interesting as that the selective cookie blocker (like the one in Opera, which asks if you want a cookie to be blocked when it appears) is in this version. They seemed to remove it in later builds of Chromium 6 and there's still no sign of it on my PCLinuxOS box (with Chromium 7). I wonder if the Debian devs will keep it in their version?
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby craigevil on Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:08 pm

Looks like Chromium-browser entered testing on Sunday.
http://lists.debian.org/debian-testing- ... 00005.html

It was originally removed because it changes so much, wonder how often it will be updated once Squeeze is released.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby tdockery97 on Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:53 pm

Add the Google repository and you've always got the latest and greatest.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby msuggs on Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:49 am

tdockery97 wrote:Add the Google repository and you've always got the latest and greatest.

Which was the intent of this howto. Perhaps Chromium howtos could have their own thread?
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby flygon250 on Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:08 am

omns wrote:
tdockery97 wrote:Add the Google repository and you've always got the latest and greatest.

Which was the intent of this howto. Perhaps Chromium howtos could have their own thread?

Chromium doesn't need a howto as it is in the default repos already. Unless we are talking about Chromium 7, that is.

Also, the differences between Google Chrome and Chromium are comparable to the differences between Mozilla Firefox and Iceweasel (Debian's "free" version of Firefox), so they are mostly about branding and the tracking that Google does with Chrome, which is why I prefer Chromium to Google Chrome, for the record.

Still if you want to be tracked, go ahead and use use Google Chrome.

I'm just wondering how Debian will handle Chromium, as it was never meant for the kind of stable environment that Debian embodies. I'm guessing they are going for an "out of date" build that matches Google Chrome's stable version.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby MALsPa on Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:03 am

flygon250 wrote:I see the files for chromium-browser (the base of Google Chrome without the branding) in the main testing repo now.


Thank you very much for this info! I don't have LMDE edition installed, but I'd been using chromium-browser in Squeeze until it was removed. Then I installed google-chrome-unstable. Now I can go back to Chromium.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby craigevil on Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:14 am

flygon250 wrote:
omns wrote:
tdockery97 wrote:Add the Google repository and you've always got the latest and greatest.

Which was the intent of this howto. Perhaps Chromium howtos could have their own thread?

Chromium doesn't need a howto as it is in the default repos already. Unless we are talking about Chromium 7, that is.

Also, the differences between Google Chrome and Chromium are comparable to the differences between Mozilla Firefox and Iceweasel (Debian's "free" version of Firefox), so they are mostly about branding and the tracking that Google does with Chrome, which is why I prefer Chromium to Google Chrome, for the record.

Still if you want to be tracked, go ahead and use use Google Chrome.

I'm just wondering how Debian will handle Chromium, as it was never meant for the kind of stable environment that Debian embodies. I'm guessing they are going for an "out of date" build that matches Google Chrome's stable version.


The only actual tracking Google does of chrome is count the number of installs.

I am guessing Chromium will end up in either backports or volatile once Squeeze is released as Stable.

You can always get a newer version of Chromium-browser from exp.

apt-cache policy chromium-browser
chromium-browser:
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 6.0.472.62~r59676-1
Version table:
7.0.544.0~r61416-1 0
101 http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental/main i386 Packages
6.0.472.62~r59676-1 0
500 http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ sid/main i386 Packages

The nice thing about using Chrome, you get a choice of what version to use, stable, beta, dev.
google-chrome-stable:
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 6.0.472.63-r59945

google-chrome-beta:
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 7.0.517.36-r61761

google-chrome-unstable:
Installed: 7.0.544.0-r61416
Candidate: 7.0.544.0-r61416
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby MALsPa on Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:48 am

flygon250 wrote:I'm just wondering how Debian will handle Chromium, as it was never meant for the kind of stable environment that Debian embodies. I'm guessing they are going for an "out of date" build that matches Google Chrome's stable version.


craigevil wrote:I am guessing Chromium will end up in either backports or volatile once Squeeze is released as Stable.


Hm. Well, I'm okay with the "out of date" build if they keep that when Squeeze goes to stable. I don't think it matters all that much which one I use between Google Chrome and Chromium, but I prefer going with chromium-browser.
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby qbicdesign on Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:18 pm

OR....

just install it from the software portal
http://community.linuxmint.com/software ... um-browser

works fine
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Re: HOWTO: Installing Google Chrome in LMDE

Postby craigevil on Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:27 pm

qbicdesign wrote:OR....

just install it from the software portal
http://community.linuxmint.com/software ... um-browser

works fine



Two issues with that.
One it is built for Ubuntu not for Debian, the two are not compatible.

Two it is a old version.

$ apt-cache policy chromium-browser
chromium-browser:
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 8.0.549.0~svn20101008r61905-1.frickel.1
Version table:
8.0.549.0~svn20101008r61905-1.frickel.1 0
500 http://frickelplatz.de/debian/ sid/main i386 Packages
7.0.544.0~r61416-1 0
101 http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental/main i386 Packages
6.0.472.62~r59676-1 0
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