I just wanted to give a shout-out to Alien Bob for taking the time to build Chromium, and upload it for all and sundry to download. For a while now, I've wanted to try Chromium, but it's only been available in source form, and building the browser from source, while possible, is a serious pain in the posterior.
Where practical, I like to run open-source software on my computer, and I do. (Except for the AMD driver blob, that is!). But Chrome has been easier simply to download in the 64-bit .deb format, and run through the SlackBuild to produce a package to install. It works, but I've been bothered by the fact that Chrome is a closed-source package, not open to inspection. However, Chrome contains Flash, and while Flash has been universally condemned (perhaps rightly) as an outdated technology, a good percentage of websites still use it, and so we need something to help fill in the gap until Flash is finally extinct.
If I had gone ahead and downloaded the source for Chromium, built and installed it, it still wouldn't fill my needs, since Flash would be missing. Enter Alien Bob. His recent post
helped cinch the decision for me. I took the plunge and downloaded both the browser
and the plugin
, and am happy to report that it is working fine for me, Flash and all.
A note to those who are running Chromium under KDE: When first launched, the kwallet program will appear shortly after Chromium launches. I first noticed this annoyance after I first installed Chrome, so I googled for a solution, and found this
. However, for Chromium users, a small change is required. Instead of this:
The same solution is achieved.
Thanks again, Alien Bob for taking the time to compile Chromium and giving us a tutorial on making it fully functional.