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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chrome? Chromium? Are They the Same?

Question arose yesterday about the difference between the Chrome Browser and the Chromium Browser. They are definitely not the same even though they share some common core components. Chrome is a browser maintained by Google. It is free to download and blazing fast. It wins most benchmark tests and is the preferred browser at the Beach House. BTW, I still leave IE9 as default. When I go to the web I hit the Chrome button though. K, I must return to the subject - Chromium is an open source project based on Chrome's code. It will constantly change, sometimes up to 15-20 times a day! Being open source, anyone can download and make changes. If you know code then it might be fun. Might not. Now you ponder, which do you use and why?

Chrome, by Google, is your best choice. It is far more stable and is maintained by a group of professionals. Chrome is stoic on the surface, powerful under the hood. Most major browsers, IE9, Firefox, even Opera to some extent, have adopted the signature start page structure first introduced by Chrome. It is seamless on high speed broadband and works efficiently with most internet servers. Awesome if you use GMail, the best email service in the solar system. BTW, don't kid yourself. Chances are your personal address "email server" is probably utilizing GMail in some shape form or fashion. Anyway, Chrome and GMail work well together. Oh yes, it must be mentioned that a well composed iGoogle page is awesome for a home page. Very easy to construct too.

Here is how to open iGoogle and below is a short tutorial on how to edit an iGoogle page. You will need a Google account, which is free and has an easy sign up page. Please make sure the sound is on and click the arrow:

The Chromium logo is shades of blue and the Chrome monicker is made up of all the colors in the Google logo. Unless you are adventuresome and don't mind crashes Chromium probably doesn't belong in you arsenal. Chromium can cause major problems. So use Chrome instead. On purpose I did not link to Chromium. If you are savvy enough to run it then you know how to find it.

"Software is usually accompanied by documentation in the form of big fat scary manuals that nobody ever reads. In fact, for the past five years most of the manuals shipped with software products have actually been copies of Stephen King's The Stand with new covers pasted on."
~Dave Barry

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