Chromium for Linux
Chromium for Linux is a desktop open-source web-browser project designed for computers and laptops with Ubuntu on board. Chromium has been established as a core for Google Chrome browser, and fundamentally these two web-navigators have much features in common. Just like Chrome, Chromium is compliant with extensions and add-ons available to download from Chrome Web Store. Nevertheless, there are also some distinctions, which we are going to discuss further in detail. Chromium is available in Ubuntu repository by default and can be installed without spare downloads from online.
Pros and cons of Chromium browser for Linux
As a matter of fact, Chromium includes most of the features relevant to Chrome browser. Let’s have a brief glance at its options:
- High speed of browsing operations and pages processing. Due to the usage of incredibly stable and fast Blink engine, the web-content is being instantly loaded and presented to the user without impacting on the overall performance and simultaneous browsing actions, such as setting up or customization of the profile.
- Unified storage location for all of the files. You can set up and define whether you want all your downloads to be stored in a single location or select manually where you want your currently downloadable file to be stored each time before the downloading session.
- Compliance with all the up-to-date standards and technologies: DOM, ECMAScript, MathML, SVG SMIL animation, SVG Filters, SVG Fonts, SVG, XML 1.0, xHTML 1.0, HTML 4.01, HTML5, etc.
- Crash-control. All the app components and modules work independently. For instance, if a newly updated extension is being crashed, you receive a notification about malfunction of the plugin. At the same time, all your browser manipulations and activities won’t be ceased or even paused. The extension will be reloaded and you go on with your usual browsing workflow.
- Safe browsing mode. While you are surfing in the web, you are securely protected from malware, keyloggers and suspicious scripts, which can run the harmful code on your machine and obtain your private data. Also, Chromium includes pop-up forms blocking module that is strictly designed to maintain your comfort.
- Incognito mode. You can run this specific mode if you don’t want to leave any traces of your online activity for other people who are using the same device. During Incognito session, none of your browsing history, site data, cookies and info entered in forms is stored on the machine.
- Syncing of all your actual devices by your Google account. After you sync your Google account with the server, you can toggle between any of the mobile or desktop devices and get the same set of bookmarks, active tabs and settings from any of the gadgets applied. This feature has been entirely ported from the Chrome app.
- Address bar and quick search field, where you can specify your search request without referring to the Google or Bing site. You can select your default search engine applied by default in the Settings.
- Import settings and bookmarks from the external file. During browser installation or later, you can also import all of your bookmarks from the external file, which you can store locally or in the cloud. The same result can be obtained after syncing your Google account.
- Compatibility with skins, which can massively adjust the visual view of your Chromium instance following your tastes and preferences. Themes, or skins, are also installed from the Chrome Web Store.
At last, here are a few words about differences between Chrome or Chromium. The following Chrome features are not available in Chromium by default. However, some of these items can be manually added to Chromium build, which is a usual case in Linux:
- Tracking mechanisms for crash and usage reports
- Licensed codecs for AAC audio and H.264 video format containers
- API keys for a range of Google services
- Embedded Adobe Flash Player
- Auto-update opportunity.
All the other differences not mentioned above are related to licensing and branding.
In general, the project initiative serves a sandbox for testing new features and options before they are deployed and implemented to other browsing solutions (Vivaldi, Microsoft Edge, Brave Browser, Torch, etc.). Nevertheless, Chromium for Linux is a splendid choice as primary web-navigator to be used in daily practice.
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