The easiest way to install Google Chrome on Slackware 13.1

Slackware 13.1 had been released on May 25th, 2010 that brings with it many major improvements, like KDE SC version 4.4.3, the Linux kernel, a new toolchain, updated libraries, and major applications such as Firefox and Thunderbird.

This tutorial will show you on how to install Google Chrome Browser on Slackware 13.1.
Basically there are already plenty of tutorials about this on the net but this is the easiest way to install it.

Here are the step by step:

1. Download Google Chrome Slackbuild
Go to Google Chrome Slackbuild repository page to get the files.
Download the google-chrome.tar.gz and google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb (32bit) or google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb (64bit) depending on which arch you are using.

2. Extract the google-chrome.tar.gz file
Next step is to untar and extract the google-chrome.tar.gz.

tar zxf google-chrome.tar.gz

A folder named ‘google-chrome’ will be created in your current working directory.

3. Copy or move the google-chrome-xxx.deb file to the ‘google-chrome’ directory
The google chrome slackbuild script will try to find the google-chrome-xxx.deb file. If it is not found, the script will break telling you that there is not such file or directory.

cp google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb google-chrome

4. Building google chrome slackware package
Go to google-chrome directory. Make sure the ‘google-chrome.SlackBuild’ is executable.

cd google-chrome
chmod +x google-chrome.SlackBuild
sudo ./google-chrome.SlackBuild

Slackware package /tmp/google-chrome-5.0.375.55-i386-1_SBo.tgz created.

5. Starting to install the Google Chrome package
Now it is the time to start installing the package.

sudo installpkg /tmp/google-chrome-5.0.375.55-i386-1_SBo.tgz
Verifying package google-chrome-5.0.375.55-i386-1_SBo.tgz.
Installing package google-chrome-5.0.375.55-i386-1_SBo.tgz:
# Google Chrome (Open Source Web Browser)
# Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with
# sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
Executing install script for google-chrome-5.0.375.55-i386-1_SBo.tgz.
Package google-chrome-5.0.375.55-i386-1_SBo.tgz installed.

If there are no errors the Google Chrome should be installed successfully.
Here is the screenshot of mine.

Google Chrome on Slackware 13.1

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