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Chromium Based Web Browsers – What Sets Them Apart?

Chromium

In January of 2019, ZDNet published a list of all the Chromium based web browsers the author knew about. The article spans 14 pages, offering screen shots as well as a little information on each web browser.

I’m not going to duplicate or plagiarize that article. Instead I’m going to provide three lists, based on that article: Mainstream, Vendor-Specific and Obscure. I hope to update the article as I discover more (or when one or more gets discontinued).

I’ve added notes where I can. I’ve gone to every website or reference to make sure these web browsers actually exist.

Mainstream Chromium Web Browsers

On my dual booting system, I use Google Chrome on Windows and Chromium on Linux Mint. I could use Google Chrome on Linux Mint but I prefer using Ubuntu repository packages. If I couldn’t, I could still download Chromium from here:

I used several of them over the last few years but I always returned to Google Chrome or Chromium.

Vendor-Specific Chromium Web Browsers

I’ve never used any of these but I’m strongly considering the ones that will work on my Android phone.

Google Chrome doesn’t support extensions on Android. Yandex Browser does and uses the same extensions as Google Chrome on the desktop.

Obscure Chromium Web Browsers

I’ve already removed one from those provided at ZDNet. It wasn’t using Chromium. Perhaps it did at one time but not when I checked.

Choose Wisely

Just because a web browser is based on Chromium doesn’t mean it’s safe to use. When you use extensions, especially those made by the same people who make the web browsers, you expose yourself to a slew of problems. If you want to keep your information safe and private, it’s best to use a well-known and trusted web browser.

Chromium makes creating web browsers easier than ever before. Even Microsoft is switching to its rendering engine for its Edge browser. You can use any web browser you want, of course, even those using other rendering engines (like Firefox) but your web experience probably won’t be any better.

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RT Cunningham
February 13, 2019
Technology