Google Chrome-MSI and ADMX files

Dec
17
2010

 

This is a short and a sweet one. Sort of.

Google has announced an MSI file for deploying their Chrome browser, en-mass to your PCs.

How?

Well, they’ve got an MSI now. And you can use, say, your favorite software distribution mechanism, like.. oh, gosh, I don’t know – the in-the-box-and-widely-under-used Group Policy Software Installation ?

Check out the link here.. Now before you DO, I suggest you read onward.

http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/chromebrowser.html

The trick appears to be that, while the MSI is available to anyone, I’m actually NOT SURE if anyone (everyone) is allowed to use it – unless they’re a “Google Chrome for Business” company. I clicked on the link to download the MSI, and saw a huge EULA in front of me. I copied and pasted it into Word (take THAT, Google Docs !) and it was a whopping 13 pages and 6,553 words.

Oh…kay….

First things’ first… Item 1.3 in the Eula has double-word typo, as in “1.3 Your agreement with Google will also include the the terms…” I’m not above typos myself, but then again, I don’t have 11 billion lawyers working for me.

Next.. I did try to buzz through the document looking for words like “Customer” and other such stuff to help me learn what the scoop is. But I really can’t tell if I’m “allowed” to use it. Honestly, this isn’t my area of expertise, so I don’t have direct advice on whether or not it’s legal, quasi-legal, or totally illegal to use this MSI if you’re not a Google Chrome for Business member. I –guess- I could contact Google Sales, and maybe they’ll get a hold of me.

But, if you KNOW the answer, then just email me, and I’ll post a follow-up.

Part II of this little story is that there’s also ADM and ADMX/ADML files as well.  Once you put the ADM, ADMX & ADML files in the right place, you’re cookin’ with gas and configuring Chrome a-go-go.

The link to THAT is here:

http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hlrm=en&answer=187945

Interesting stuff.

That’s it for now.

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