Chromium: The best browser on Linux

by Stephen Fluin 2010.01.24

The browser wars are ongoing, but there is a clear leader on Linux at this time. This winner is Chromium. Chromium is the open source base that Chrome is built from, but it doesn't have any of the proprietary parts or unknown data reporting built into Chrome.

Chromium includes a super-fast webkit rendering engine, their own v8 javascript engine, and process-separated tabs. Chromium also includes support for HTML5 tags, including the video tag, supporting both Ogg Theora/Vorbis, as well as the controversial .h264 / mp4.

How to install Chromium on Ubuntu

The easiest way to install it is to add the PPA to your repositories. You can follow the instructions on the PPA directly, or follow the instructions below, assuming you are running Karmic or later.

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 4E5E17B5
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install chromium-browser chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-nonfree

How to Get Started

Either run chromium-browser directly, or choose it from your menu. Chromium supports extensions, as well as bookmark sync that uses your existing google account. Find these things in the preferences menu, which can be opened by clicking on the wrench icon in the upper right hand corner.

Youtube HTML5 Videos

Until youtube offers full support for HTML5 rather than Flash for videos, you can install the following extensions which swaps out the page components for you: YouTube HTML5-ifier which is in development by Mark Renouf and myself.