What are the major technical differences between Google Chrome and Chromium that makes Chromium running on my Ubuntu smoothly while Google Chrome is expanding and killing both my CPU and RAM ?

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    Chrome is no longer supported for 32 bit systems whereas chromium is supported on both 32 & 64 bit systems
    – pfeiffep
    May 29, 2016 at 3:42
  • You don't entirely need to use both at the same time. In the configurations you can add another user and use the two sessions at the same time. Same Chromium.
    – userDepth
    May 29, 2016 at 3:45

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Chrome is the brand product by Google - the base browser AND specific modifications. It generally does a lot of things that are widely considered to be violating the privacy of its users or the fundamental principles of free & open software - hence is not the default choice for Ubuntu users.

Chromium is the software base of all the non-Google-related browser features which is shipped with fewer phone-home features and not many modifications beyond the base browser.

If you wish to find out why they are performing differently, you want to one-by-one disable all Google-specific features in Chrome. You may or may not be able to disable the delinquent, which may be among plugins, codecs, error reporting or search features.


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