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    If you are going to be using Google Apps then Chrome is the best as it is written for it despite being standards based. IE9 and 10 are much better than 8 but if you are stuck with XP then FF LTE or Chrome Corp are ok alternatives. If you are going GAPS then may as well get the whole Google stack so that it all works the way is it supposed to with all the optimisations for their own apps built in.

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    For security wouldn't the Comodo variant of Chrome be the better choice?

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    Google Chrome Frame may also be worth installing (in addition to Chrome). This is a plug-in for Internet Explorer that enables suitably coded web pages (like all of Google's websites) to be displayed using Chrome's WebKit and V8 JavaScript engines instead of Internet Explorer's.

    This will ensure that users who accidentally view Google's website through Internet Explorer won't get a sub-par experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    For security wouldn't the Comodo variant of Chrome be the better choice?
    Based on the description given of Comodo's Dragon Browser on Wikipedia, personally I wouldn't bother.

    Since their browser is based on Chromium (instead of Chrome), you lose out on a significant number of useful features.

    In addition, the following Google Chrome features are removed or disabled in Dragon:

    • Automatic access to Google search on startup for users with Google as default search engine
    • Google-hosted error pages when a server is not present
    • Automatic address bar search suggestions
    • Bug tracking system, which sends information about crashes or errors
    • Built-in PDF viewer and Adobe Flash Player which is sandboxed.
    • Google Native Client (NaCl) support
    • H.264 codec
    • Google Safe Browsing which blocks malicious and phishing sites.
    • Google Online Documents which can open many file types without having to download them to your system.
    • Google Translate which can automatically translate webpages.
    • Google Chrome is always based on the stable release of the open-source Chromium (web browser) core whereas Comodo Dragon is sometimes based on the beta releases.
    • Google Chrome is the first Chromium (web browser) to receive the latest updates and patches for vulnerabilities whereas other Chromium (web browser) browsers (like Comodo Dragon) have to wait for the open-source code releases and develop a new version of their product. Based on the time it takes for a new version to be released with the latest updates and patches, other Chromium (web browser) browsers may be open to vulnerability exploits.
    I would say that last point is reason enough not to bother.
    Last edited by Arthur; 21st October 2012 at 10:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I would say that last point is reason enough not to bother.
    Well because Chrome is based on Chromium and Chromium is open source, the security issues are fixed in the public source tree long before there is a Chromium based or Chrome binary release available (because of the open source license). So if you are really paranoid about this you should be building Chromium from source yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    the security issues are fixed in the public source tree long before there is a Chromium based or Chrome binary release available
    That makes sense, although Chrome is still better than Chromium (in terms of security) because of the sandboxed Flash plug-in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    That makes sense, although Chrome is still better than Chromium (in terms of security) because of the sandboxed Flash plug-in.
    As opposed to no flash at all?

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    Just testing it at the moment to push it out, but I won't set it as default, because I can't get bl%%dy favourites to follow people around, it insists on storing them locally. The only way around it, as far as I can see, is to let people use Google Sync, but I'm not going down the path of explaining how to do that.

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    I opted for IE8 in the end as I needed a quick solution without too many unknowns. We are upgrading to Windows 7 shortly, so I'll rethink it then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Just testing it at the moment to push it out, but I won't set it as default, because I can't get bl%%dy favourites to follow people around, it insists on storing them locally. The only way around it, as far as I can see, is to let people use Google Sync, but I'm not going down the path of explaining how to do that.
    From my login script (I don't actually use this now, as I patched chromium in source to 'do the right thing').

    Code:
    mklink /h "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\bookmarks" "s:\favourites\chrome\bookmarks"
    mklink /h "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\bookmarks.bak" "s:\favourites\chrome\bookmarks.bak"
    Last edited by Geoff; 22nd October 2012 at 10:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    From my login script.

    Code:
    mklink /h "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\bookmarks" "s:\favourites\chrome\bookmarks"
    mklink /h "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\bookmarks.bak" "s:\favourites\chrome\bookmarks.bak"
    Just a logon BAT script?

    EDIT: that's weird... I can't see the "From my login script" on the page but it's in the quote. I'll give that a go. Cheers!

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    We use Chrome as IE is hopeless with Moodle 2.3 and doesn't support drag and drop file uploads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    From my login script (I don't actually use this now, as I patched chromium in source to 'do the right thing').

    Code:
    mklink /h "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\bookmarks" "s:\favourites\chrome\bookmarks"
    mklink /h "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\bookmarks.bak" "s:\favourites\chrome\bookmarks.bak"
    Just tried this on my machine to test it and it said Local NTFS volumes are rquired to complete the operation

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    You need local admin and the machine needs to be running vista or better. NTFS on XP machines can't hardlink across network volumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    You need local admin and the machine needs to be running vista or better. NTFS on XP machines can't hardlink across network volumes.
    I think Vista and 7 can using reparse points.

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