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Fedora 18 Google Chrome

asked 2013-01-15 18:16:22 -0500

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I am new to Fedora and would like to know how to install Google Chrome. I downloaded the .rpm from Google but it failed to install saying "Public key for google-chrome-stablecurrenti386.rpm is not installed".

How can I resolve this problem and why is it occuring?

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answered 2013-01-20 08:05:22 -0500

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updated 2013-01-20 08:07:58 -0500

1 Download the rpm file from

2 Install some required packages first

yum install lsb wget

3 Install the rpm file (64bit in this example)

rpm -ivh google-chrome-stable*64.rpm

4 Profit!

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answered 2013-01-16 04:18:53 -0500

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updated 2013-01-20 08:23:52 -0500

This is a known issue. A Patch is on it's way. In the meantime, you can skip the signature check when installing from the command line:

yum --nogpgcheck install google-chrome-stable_current_i386.rpm
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answered 2013-10-11 19:57:29 -0500

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It's probably considered a bit of a cheat, but if you haven't tried it already, you could try installing Chrome using Fedora Utilities (google it!)

Install & run the Fedora Utilities and access the Additional Software section. The program will install Chrome and the dependencies. Should work on Fedora 18/19.

yum gnome-tweak-tool will let you put the time & date next to the clock

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answered 2013-10-11 04:52:02 -0500

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Attention Fedora management & developers:

I find that all of the above absolutely SUCKS!!!

I'm a complete Fedora newbie, just now downloaded the ISO from the Fedora website and installed F18 only to find that to do a SIMPLE THING like installing Google Chrome I have to jump through all these hoops and then it installs a load of new stuff before I can even install GC using the nogpgcheck and all these other complicated Terminal commands. Why aren't all these files and dependencies already included in the ISO release??? Instead, I get a load of stuff installed off the CD (games, applications, utilities) that I don't want and will never EVER use. And to cap it all, F18 has a desktop that cannot be used as a desktop for files and folders. WTF????????

The above posts were written in Jan 2013 and says it is a known issue and a patch is on its way. Where is it?? I'm writing this in Oct 2013. Why isn't this issue resolved?? Quite frankly, this gives Linux - and specifically Fedora - a bad name. I think I'll revert back to MS**t. At least with them installing a new web browser is simple and quick.

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roses, welcome to world of fedora. I assure you, its a beautiful desktop. keep few things in mind though. 1) f18 is a older edition. If you are installing it, use f19(I started using google-chrome from f19, and have not have any problem). 2) you are messing up fedora with gnome desktop. this two are SEPARATE. If you really wish, can you kindly post your problem as a NEW question, so that I can reply and redirect you to the proper links?

rudrab gravatar imagerudrab ( 2013-10-11 05:28:32 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-10-11 12:19:32 -0500

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updated 2013-10-11 12:26:40 -0500

Well, I did exactly what you suggested and tried F19 which has Gnome v3.8.4. But sorry, I see no point in starting a new thread as there is nothing good to report, so I won't be staying with Fedora for much longer I think, for the following reasons:

"A beautiful desktop" you say? Yeah sure, but I repeat - what good is a desktop if you can't put your files, folders and program links on it?? Totally useless IMHO.

STILL no possibility to add seconds to the digital clock in the top status bar.

STILL no way of adding the date to the status bar. (Come on developer guys, wake up and smell the coffee and take a look at other contemporary OSs like LinuxMint & Ubuntu!!!)

No straightforward way of installing the driver of my RTL8188-based USB WLAN internet stick (the script on the product's CD or downloaded from the website doesn't work on this RPM OS - although I accept that's maybe not the fault of Fedora.....but still damn annoying).

The Systems Settings page is laughable - hardly anything useful there, and when you do find the setting you want it's in a completely unexpected and illogical sub-section. I downloaded and installed ALL the available updates (most of it unwanted crap) but I saw no extra functionality or added benefits. All it meant was the computer took 20 minutes to boot up from the Restart.

At least Google Chrome did install from the Google website with no security issues like in F18, but it wasn't quick as it first had to download and install a load of 'dependencies'. Why aren't these already in place in the OS?

It's a pity really, cos I really would like to continue using it as so far, amongst all the other distros I've tried, it's the only one with an up-to-date kernel that will support natively my Buslogic BT-930 Flashpoint SCSI controller card which is connected to a 1GB Iomega Jaz drive. Every other modern Linux won't recognise the card unless I go back to a very ancient 10-year old version with a kernel of about 2.6.

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answered 2013-11-15 05:29:41 -0500

Bro, you're a noob. But it's ok, everybody starts there. Go use Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Those are a hell of alot easier for beginners than Fedora, I'm afraid. Yes, Fedora tries to be user-friendly, but it's Linux, you can't use it without opening a terminal window from time to time. I happen to love it. I'm running Fedora 19 on my laptop, because Windows was too laggy and virus prone for me. So, if you're really willing to leave the security of a Linux OS in favor of an overpriced, insecure, sorry excuse of an operating system and line Microsoft's pockets, be my guest. The Fedora community will not miss you.

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This user didn't say they were new to Linux, they said they were new to Fedora. I think coming onto a Fedora help service is the right thing to do. Your 'solution' of 'use Ubuntu or Mint' isn't really very helpful to someone who has encountered a bug and is asking about a workaround.

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2013-11-15 08:12:38 -0500 )edit

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