For those who don’t know, there is a new browser out there called google chrome.
What even fewer people realise, is that chrome is based on a browser called chromium.
I really like how chrome operates (but not the user interface, nor the lack of / difficulty in loading, useful plugins.
At first glance, both Chrome and Chromium look identical, except chrome has a small google logo on the top bar.
But dig a little deeper, and you notice a few minor differences:
- chromium has an extra “customize” menu: “new window in profile”. This seems to allow you to create different profiles (eg a “news” profile, with different browser settings)… although this gave me an error when I created a new profile. Yet the new profile got created & worked fine.
- chrome has a lengthy google “terms of service”, which concerns some people.
- Chrome is currently at version 220.127.116.11, while Chromium is at version 18.104.22.168 (ie its newer)
- The Chrome logo is a colourful metallic ball of blue, green, red, yellow, while chromium is a bland metallic ball of grey, blue, blue, and blue 🙂
Both are very quick.
Both have a pleasingly simple interface (too simple for me, but I think most people will like it).
Personally, I prefer Chromium, but there is hardly any difference between the two.