After installing Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop, I went to download Chrome and got an error saying it was packaged badly or something, so I read up about it and found out about Chrome, and most people suggest that Ubuntu users should use Chromium over Chrome, although a lot is down to preference.

I read that Chromium is almost a 'beta' build for Chrome, but is quicker etc. as it has the newest features.

Is it still safe to use, for say banking etc.? Should I ignore the error and just get Chrome anyway?

What do you use?

  • I don't like to get into this Chromium versus Chrome business because it's been done to death @ askubuntu.com.
    – user25656
    Oct 22 '12 at 12:03
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    I'm new here so I hadn't seen it before, and that question linked is 2 years old, things may have changed since then. Oct 22 '12 at 17:06

I used Chrome for a while but switched to Chromium, mostly because I read that "Chromium is the open source web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code". I figured: if I can use open source, I will.

There aren't too many differences, although there are a few. This is what Wikipedia says Google adds to Chromium to make Chrome:

  • Integrated Flash Player
  • Built-in PDF viewer
  • Built-in print preview and print system
  • The Google name and a different logo
  • An auto-update system called GoogleUpdate
  • An opt-in option for users to send Google their usage statistics and crash reports
  • RLZ tracking when Chrome is downloaded as part of marketing promotions and distribution partnerships

However, this is all fairly easily compensated and I use Chromium without any problems.

For more info, see Wikpedia and Google Code page.

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