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GlennAllen
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Re: Google Chrome Now the No. 1 Browser in the World

or just use the PortableApps.com version


Mele20
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said by GlennAllen:

or just use the PortableApps.com version

? Never heard of that. But then I am a desktop person.
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GlennAllen
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Not sure what you mean--all of the applications at PortableApps.com are for Windows desktop/notebook installs; they're just "portable". As such, Google Update is not part of the Chrome Portable install since it would have to be installed locally as a service.


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Yeah, those are for using on other computers not on your own computer.



GlennAllen
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Portable apps are all I use on my own--or any--computer whenever possible, which is almost all the time.



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Portableapps.com has been around for years, but seem to be a niche product for people who want basic function and/or portable applications.

There's nothing to stop a user from using them on his own system rather than limiting them for public or guest PC use. I use portable apps on my home system.

I like the fact that I don't have update or other services for them running on my system. I can remove the USB and the app is gone.

However, cache data may still be stored on the PC for some applications. I believe that's a complaint against Iron browser..

From what I can tell from reading and experience, portable Firefox does not leave any cache data on the system.

If one wishes, one can install and run portable apps in a folder on the system rather than from a flash drive or other external device.

q.v »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PortableApps.com



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You can also enhance an application's security by installing it to a TrueCrypt drive (mount as needed)--for example, encrypted email using Thunderbird with Enigmail or using Firefox for banking etc.



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said by Mele20:

Yeah, those are for using on other computers not on your own computer.

I use it on my own computer (actually multiple computers of mine since it's on a SpiderOak cloud drive) for browser testing. Makes it nice to have multiple versions can all work from a single browser folder that only had to be installed once.
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said by Mele20:

Yeah, those are for using on other computers not on your own computer.

Portable applications are for use on your own computer. Majority of applications, I use on my computers, are portable.

My definition of portable applications is simple. Portable applications don't use registry for keeping their configuration settings (they use configuration file/s in local folder) and don't dump files (logs, caches) spreading them whenever they want (e.g. in %TMP%, or APPDATA folders). Therefore, you may move them to any location on your computer or to another computer and still be able to use them as you wish. And that's why folks call them "portable", not because they're designed specifically for portable computers.

Portable applications don't need any installation procedure. Usually all you need to do is to unzip its package into a folder and start using them right away.

There are applications, that are designed to be portable from the beginning (and I like those very much) and those, that can't do it and require special environment to run in the portable mode. One of the environments that could be used to run any application in portable mode is SandboxIE (or any similar tools). Another approach is to use API, developed by developers of PortableApps.com. It does similar thing (from point of view, defined in my 2nd paragraph above). You run a launcher, that starts the actual program and program runs within that environment, which allows to keep settings in local folder(s)...

Now, you may want to know, that Chromium can be used in portable mode without running any launchers or sandboxes. The simple trick is to start it with -user-data-dir="Path" option in its command line. Then all configuration settings will be used from that folder. For example, make a shortcut like this one:
C:\Chromium\chrome.exe -user-data-dir=".\chrm" -single-process
When you click on it, shortcut will run Chromium in a single process mode and use chrm sub-folder for its configuration and caches. In registry it will make only record about its last rum time. But configuration will be kept in that folder. Then you may move C:\Chromium folder to any other place on your computer (just fix shortcut at the same time) and it will run without any changes.
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