Googles new free opensource browser Google Chrome took the world of Internet by surprise when it was released a few days ago. Google Chrome is currently in Beta as was many other Googles web application like GMail for a quite long time and is released only for Windows. A linux version of Google Chrome is expected sooner but anyone who can’t keep the excitement under control can get their hands on Google Chrome by installing with Win on your openSUSE. Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.
Installing Google Chrome in openSUSE or in any Linux required WINE to be installed before we can get the Executable for Google Chrome (Windows). To install Wine on your openSUSE, click one of the following 1-click installer (YaST MetaPackages) based on your openSUSE version. This will automatically download the YMP file for Wine and launch YaST Package Manager.
NOTE: Click here to enable 1-click install feature in openSUSE 10.2
Click Next on the repositories window and Next again on the Wine package selection window and finally Next on the Install proposal window. This should add repositories, download and install wine and required dependencies. Click Finish when successfully installed.
Once installed, Wine is installed under “/usr/bin/wine”
opensuse11:~ # which wine
You can download from a terminal window as follows:
opensuse11:~ # wget http://cache.pack.google.com/chrome/install/149.27/chrome_installer.exe
Install Google Chrome as follows
opensuse11:~ # wine chrome_installer.exe
Once installed, google Chrome tries to import settings bookmarks etc from Internet Explorer. This doesn’t do in Linux so simply click “Start Google Chrome”. This starts Google Chrome browser for the first time. This will crash. Don’t panic!!!
Simply close and start Google Chrome from terminal as follows
opensuse11:~ # wine ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/$USER/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe –new-http —process-plugins &
This should work. You may add a shortcut on your Desktop to start like any other browser or program. While, you cannot expect a fully featured Google Chrome as in Windows, most of the features like most visited websites, incognito (browse with privacy) should all work without much of a problem.
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