Chromium is the open-source project by Google and it’s being the basis for Google Chorme. Because it’s completely open source, Chromium is available in many Linux distributions’ software repositories for simple installation.
The Chromium web browser is also available for other operating systems. You can run it on Windows or Mac OS. Similarly, “Chromium OS” is the name of the open-source project that forms the basis of Google’s Chrome OS.
Which one that I should choose?
If you use Linux, Chromium can also be installed directly from Linux distribution’s software repositories. On Ubuntu Linux, as the example, Chromium can be installed by opening the Ubuntu Software Center, and you can search the software of Chromium, and then choose “Install”. It will be updated with security updates from your Linux distribution’s software repositories.
Now, for Windows and Mac OS, using Chromium is quite harder. Official Chromium builds are available, but it won’t be automatically updated. The updater is a closed-source part of Google Chrome. In some ways, you can obtain a third-party build, but they wouldn’t automatically update too.
Having said that, on Linux, getting Google Chrome is somuch easier, you just need to go to Google Chrome to download the softwareand install the software into your PC. It will generally configure an official Google software repository so updates for Chrome will appear in your Linux distribution’s package updater. It includes closed-source bits, so that’s why it’s not available in your software repositories.
For Windows and Mac OS, Google Chrome can also be installed directly from Google’s download page (which for me, it’s quite easier).
Lets compare Chromium’s strengths and weaknesses!
There are many things from closed-source bits that Chromium lacks actually:
AAC, H.264, and MP3 Support: Chrome includes licensed codecs for these proprietary media formats, giving you acess to a wider variety of media content — particularly sites using HTML5 video to stream H.264 videos. Both browsers include the basic, free codecs: Opus, Theora, Vorbis, VP8, VP9, and WAV.
Adobe Flash (PPAPI): Chrome includes a sandboxed Pepper API (PPAPI) Flash plug-in that Google automatically updates along with Chrome. This is the only way to get the most modern version of Flash on Linux. Even on Windows and Mac, you’re better off with the sandboxed PPAPI Flash plugin from Chrome than the older NPAPI Flash plug-in available from Adobe’s website. (You can actually get a Pepper Flash plug-in from Chrome and then install it and use it in Chromium, if you like.)
Google Update: Windows and Mac get a program that automatically keeps Chrome up-to-date. Linux users use their standard software management tools.
Security Sandbox: Google also notifies that some Linux distributions may disable Chromium’s security sandbox, so you’ll want to navigate to about:sandbox in Chromium to ensure the sandbox is enabled and functioning by default; this is one of Chromium best features.
Chromium is still very Google-oriented. It contains the similar synchornized features found in Chrome, allowing you to log in with a Google account and synchronize your data there.
Scare to “Spyware?”
As the information, Google Chrome includes crash reporting features which you cannot find in Chromium. If you choose to enable crash reporting in Chrome, information about crashes will be sent to Google directly. If you use Chromium, this crash reporter isn’t present and you’ll have to get a bug trace.
Chromium also has the weaknesses in terms of “user metrics” feature found in Chrome. This is an optional feature that delivers information about how you use the different parts of the browser to Google. In the past, users were worried that each Chrome browser shipped with a unique “client ID” and noted that Chromium did not. Google stopped doing this back in 2010.
nevertheless, Chromium includes many features that depend on Google’s servers, and they’re enabled by default settings. The users will see these features listed on the Settings page. It includes a web service that helps to configure the mistyped web addresses, a prediction service, Google’s anti-phishing feature, and more. So, what is your decision now, choosing Chrome or Chromium?