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Google Chromium Released: the Open-Source Project Behind Google Chrome

Ubuntu users (or users of a Ubuntu-based distro) who have been waiting patiently for the chance to play with Google Chrome, there's now a dead simple way for you to do it.

Thanks to the PPA (personal package archive) for Chromium daily builds team, getting the pre-alpha Chromium browser running on your system is about as painless as it can be at this stage.

You'll need to add repositories, of course. They are (substitute jaunty or hardy if needed):

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

Once they've been added, running sudo apt-get install chromium-browser in a terminal window will take care of the rest. After the package has finished installing, just type chromium-browser [enter] to fire it up.

While it's still in its early stages, Chromium on Linux runs as it does on Windows - fast and smooth. Some important features aren't working yet, like the tab and bookmarks bars and options menu, but nearly everything else is. Incognito, history, download manager, and the new tab view are all functional, and every web page I tested rendered beautifully - and fast.

PPA for Ubuntu Chromium Daily Builds

PPA build status
Total builds: 933
Failed 330
Pending 0
Superseded 1
Succeeded 602

Ubuntu daily builds of the Chromium browser.
The PPA is maintained by a bot, so it contains completely untested builds, mostly useful to track regressions or if you are curious, or just brave.

The package is still a work-in-progress, so is Chromium, please be patient.

* no native 64bit debs planed for now. The amd64 package is using ia32-libs.
See http://dev.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/64-bit-support for the rationale.
* if it crashes, you can get a proper backtrace from gdb by installing the -dbg package.
See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Chromium/Debug for further instructions.

Project page for Chromium in Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/chromium-project

apt sources.list entries

Google code:

Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome. We're releasing a first look at Chromium and invite you to join us in our effort to:

  • Help build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web
  • Create a powerful platform for developing a new generation of web applications
Built for the open web

All of the code in the project is open source, including V8, a new JavaScript virtual machine. You can get Chromium's source code and contribute to the project.

Built by the web community

Join our developer discussion groups to learn about Chromium and contribute to its future
Make Chromium better by finding bugs and filing bug reports
Submit patches for known bugs

Ready to learn more? Read the documentation and follow the Getting Started guide.


Built packages

  • chromium-browser Chromium browser
  • chromium-browser-dbg chromium-browser debug symbols
  • chromium-testsuite Chromium test suite
  • chromium-testsuite-dbg chromium-testsuite debug symbols

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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