Sunday, November 28, 2010

Installing Chromium on Ubuntu 10.10

Chromium is the open source project equivalent to Google Chrome. The main difference is Chrome has the Google branding but the two browsers are otherwise the same. For those who prefer to use Chrome instead of Firefox, there's a PPA available for Chromium.

Chromium development is split into four channels: Stable, Beta, Dev, and Daily. Here's what each channel hosts:

Stable - Point releases for Chromium 7. Basically, you don't need the PPA to get Chromium 7. This channel contains the bug fix releases for the current stable release of Chromium that's already available on the regular Ubuntu repositories.

Beta - The Beta channel contains the Chromium 8 Beta packages. As Chrome 8 is near release, this should be pretty stable with minimal breakage.

Dev, Daily - The Dev channel is updated less frequently and also more "stable" compared to the Daily channel. Chromium 9 is the truly cutting edge version but that also means more frequent breakage.

To install Chromium 8 onto Ubuntu 10.10, run the following commands from terminal:

~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/beta
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

To install Chromium 9 simply replace ppa:chromium-daily/beta with ppa:chromium-daily, or ppa:chromium-daily/dev.

Or, replace with ppa:chromium-daily/stable if you want Chromium 7. The channel you choose depends on how cutting edge you like your browser.

Chromium 8 browser

Removing Chromium

Things don't always work out. So here's how to get purge Chromium from your system:

~$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:chromium-daily/beta

Replace the ppa:chromium-daily/beta with the appropriate channel you're using.

That's it. Enjoy.

Related posts:

Installing Firefox 4 pre-Beta 8 on Ubuntu 10.10
Reverting PPA packages