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cwizardone 01-18-2014 03:12 PM

Chromium. What is the appeal?
First, we all owe a great deal of gratitude to Alien Bob for all he has done for Slackware, so this is not, in anyway, directed at him or his build of Chromium.

That aside, my question is what is the appeal? In a relatively short period of time it has become the most popular browser,

I've tried it and I don't particularly care for the interface and it is not as fast as they, google, would like you to believe. Using this link,

I've tested Firefox, Opera and Chromium and Chromium is the slowest every time.

Then there is google's reputation for being, shall we say, "less than honest," about their intentions. I wouldn't trust them any further than I could pick up their headquarters building and throw it and this news story makes one, at least me, trust them even less,

So, again, why is it so popular? What does it do that other browsers do not?


metaschima 01-18-2014 04:05 PM

I also have tried it, and I went back to Firefox in a day. I don't know what the appeal is. I don't even trust it in terms of privacy. Also see a fork of Chromium:

Another problem I had with Chrome / Chromium is that it uses huge amounts of RAM to the point of getting killed by the OOM killer.

I don't think that how popular something is has anything to do with how good or useful it is. I mean take smartphones and tablets as an example.

mlangdn 01-18-2014 04:10 PM

I use mostly Firefox. I like it. That said, I also use on occasion, Opera, Seamonkey, and Chromium. Sometimes, Firefox just chokes on something and won't render worth a daggone. So I open the others until I get what I need. Some banking sites won't work for me for example.

Being a KDE user, I really just don't use Konqueror. Can't even answer why.

bmarley83 01-18-2014 05:28 PM

When I have used Windows, chrome always seems faster. I think that is the main reason why people use it. Most people who have a limited knowledge of computer systems seem to either use internet explorer or chrome in Windows, and I can say that at one point when chrome first started catching on I switched because it was notably faster than Firefox on Windows.

With that said I think Firefox has caught up now, but a lot of people jumped ship during a time when chrome may have just been a faster browser. Most people don't distro hop or browser hop, I think the average user just wants a good browsing experience consistently. Along with its speed it has flash built in and a portable version.

For me it comes down to features and a familiar interface. I have been using an alternate browser since Netscape so I have followed the project for a long time and feel linked to it in a sense because of this. Not to mention that Mozilla is truly an open-source developer. Whereas Google has many commercial interests that they might want to use there software to influence people with. I came back to Firefox for this reason and also because I always missed the search engines bar that chrome extensions and plugins could never seem to get right!

I think it comes down to this; If you love true open-source software support it! And share your knowledge and experiences with people. Google is a corporation and chrome tries to run process's in the background even when the browsers closed. I look at chrome as a Firefox copy (as far as interface) with a sleek interface for marketing purposes with flash built in.

Trying to convince people to leave Chrome, would be like trying to get end-users to leave Windows, it just ain't gonna happen. Not in the next 10 years anyway. But with that said its always nice to have another option.

dugan 01-18-2014 05:35 PM

I've also been finding that Chrome for Linux locks up regularly.

hitest 01-18-2014 05:50 PM

I use Chromium and Chrome from time to time, but, I don't really care for them. Firefox is my browser of choice.

metaschima 01-18-2014 06:06 PM

Here's another issue with Chrome (and maybe Chromium):

itsgregman 01-18-2014 06:20 PM

No appeal here for Chrome/Chromium.
Don't care for Google other than their search engine and never could stand the Chrome interface.

irgunII 01-18-2014 06:50 PM

I also tried Chrome some time ago and within an hour I had deleted it off my system. Slow and RAM eater.

I love Konqueror but it just doesn't render quite as good as it should/could, so I use Seamonkey and Opera regularly and if I get to feeling a little paranoid I use Icecat.

frankbell 01-18-2014 09:20 PM

I took a look at it once because I felt that, as a conscientious geek, I ought to. Ho-hum. Opera has been my browser of choice almost since it was introduced.

I am also wary that, when it comes to "Don't be evil," Google has a blind-spot for Google.

kedarp 01-18-2014 11:29 PM

I used Chrome on windows and found it would add 3-4 processes in the task manager.
Also it would consume more memory than Firefox. So I switched back to firefox.
Don't know about chrome but firefox is definitely fast.


Most people who have a limited knowledge of computer systems seem to either use internet explorer or chrome in Windows
Thats why its usage has gone above all.

Z038 01-18-2014 11:44 PM

I installed chromium to try it out. I thought it had a bare-bones feel to it, and an unfinished appearance. I wasn't impressed. I decided to stick with Firefox as my primary browser. I'll still fire up Chromium occasionally when I run into a site that just won't work right with Firefox.

Even though I prefer Firefox over any other browser I've tried, I wish it were not such a RAM and CPU resource pig. I'd love to find a browser that offers good functionality similar to Firefox, but is lighter on resources.

John VV 01-18-2014 11:49 PM


Chromium. What is the appeal?
Angry birds

that is about the ONLY thing i use it for
that and if i am out and about on a windows machine someplace i can log in and have all my bookmarks

wildwizard 01-18-2014 11:54 PM

A can't help but think of this :-

So maybe people think they'll get high if they use it.

speck 01-18-2014 11:57 PM


Originally Posted by John VV (Post 5100605)
Angry birds

that is about the ONLY thing i use it for
that and if i am out and about on a windows machine someplace i can log in and have all my bookmarks

I didn't know you could run apps in Chromium (I'm strictly a Firefox user), so I went to the Google App store and apparently you need to login to Google to download it. Is that standard for everything in the Google App store?

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