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Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:16
Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:22
Downloading the official .deb (or rpm if you are on fedora or suse) from google and installing it automatically does indeed add the official chrome repo for you, so its kept up to date automatically. Once you install it since it adds that repo you can also easily change channels by doing sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta or sudo apt-get install google-chrome dev.
ViperAFK, you can still add a repository for it (which I believe the Chrome deb on Google's website does automatically). While I couldn't find a Chrome PPA on launchpad.net, just the Chromium one, I did find this mention of an official Chrome repository for Ubuntu. I can confirm that it works on Debian Wheezy, which probably means that it works on virtually every Debian based distribution.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:40
Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:39
Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:14
Does VMWare emulate an NVidia card? You probably don't want to install regular video card drivers in a virtual machine. That's irrelevant of the OS being ran there. I only know Virtual Box, but VMWare may have something akin to VBox's guest additions - essentially a bunch of drivers for the virtual machine. Look into that. Or just switch to Virtual Box, it's free and runs Linux great.
Well, I have Mint installed in a VMWare Box. Linux is very difficult to install driver or software on. I had to Google command line commends to ge the nVidia drivers and even that failed somehow because I am now stuck on 640 X 480. I also downloaded Chrome and I found out you can't just double click on a downloaded file to install it. It still seems very advanced and only for the very computer savvy, nowhere near ready for prime time.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:52
Although I'm just guessing based on the information you gave, I can probably tell you what your problem is: you are approaching your Mint install as if it were Windows. In Linux, you very rarely want to download software directly from the vendor's website. For example, if I wanted to install the proprietary nVidia driver in Ubuntu, I would install it from the repository using a command like sudo apt-get install nvidia-current instead of downloading the binary blob from nvidia.com. Similarly, instead of downloading and installing Chrome directly from www.google.com/chrome, I would use sudo apt-get install chromium-current.
As a new user, however, its very unlikely that you prefer typing commands into terminal as I do. Unfortunately, that is something that often turns off new users and gives them the impression that Linux distros are difficult to use. That's not the case at all; its just that more experienced users often prefer CLI to GUI (and terminal commands are far easier and more concise to give over the Internet). In Ubuntu (and probably Mint as well since its Ubuntu based), you can easily search and install software using the Software Center. If you prefer a more powerful graphical interface to the repository, you can also install Synaptic Package Manager and use that instead of, or in addition to, Software Center.
While it may take a little while to get used to, installing software from the repository has several benefits. First, its easy. You don't need to go hunting for software or worry about downloading download.com's download manager just to get your programs. Second, updates are centralized. Instead of needing to use the updaters built into each piece of software you can merely update the repository (which is done automatically once every other day in Ubuntu by default) and install updates. Third, security and program integration are managed by your distribution. Any piece of software in the repository is theoretically guaranteed by the maintainers of your distribution to be secure and work properly with your system. Its a different way of thinking, but it works well (in my opinion much better than the traditional Windows approach) once you adjust to it.
Edit: Ah, I was too slow again. ViperAFK and Mindovermaster beat me to it.I know is kinda long, but please read my post anyway.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:14
Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:09
Thanks for this great post. It sounds like I should try Ubuntu, especially since my Linux mint seems to be all messed up.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:46
Usually setting Linux up in a VM is a lot easier than setting it up natively, because Windows does the hardware for you and the virtual machine translates them to Linux. I have been able to print from Linux just by setting up the printer.
I have used many USB devices because they hook up to Windows and the VM translates them to Linux. It just works better for me anyway.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:20
Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:27
Linux used to be like this but is so much different now
for example i have Fedora
- I plugged in my Canon MP170 and it installed automatically
- downloading files and double clicking them will do the same as window, if it know what program to use it will use it if it does not it will ask you what program you want to use
- the installation was straightforward and it does everything itself (unless your dual booting then you need to tell it where to install
So many people have used linux 5 yrs or so ago and had a bad experience and just give up with it
Its a new system to use you need to learn how to use it the same as you would with anything new
Posted 21 November 2012 - 13:08
Downloading chrome right from google gives you a few advantages over chromium though (integrated pdf reader, integrated pepper flash, extra html5 codecs)
Posted 21 November 2012 - 15:10
Posted 21 November 2012 - 15:29
Well, I got Chrome installed but not my latest nVidia drivers. I download them and can't just double click to install them. I found some instructions online about using command line to install from a repo but all that did is mess up the system and now it won't do anything other than 640 X 480. Why would vNvdia even have Linux drivers for download if you can't install them?
I'll try Ubuntu when I get home, maybe it'll be better..
Posted 21 November 2012 - 17:07
Windows had worse releases than Windows 8 and kept its predominance just fine.
If Windows 8 doesn't succeed, people will just stay with Windows 7 for the next few years, there's no "shift to Linux", never was, never will be (at least in the foreseeable future).