Install Chromium in openSUSE and Ubuntu

Google Chrome beta is already released for Linux, but in this post i am not going to explain something about Google Chrome. Its about Chromium. But if you want to download and install Chrome beta version, download from here.

Note: I think, there will be no flash plugin installed, one need to install it manually and copy it to browsers plugin directory.

Now lets jump to Chromium, what is chromium, if there is already Chrome?

So to elaborate a bit, Google Chrome is the same software offered by Google, while Chromium is offered by open source community, they release fixes and patches on daily basis. And further more there is no need to install flash plugin, installing it from the community repos will automatically install every thing for you. Currently i am using Chromium 4.0.283, and i love it. Its fast, simple and easy to use.

NOTE: There is no big difference between Google Chrome and Chromium.

To install in Ubuntu:

1- Add this repo(URL) to software sources.

Software source -> Third party software(Tab) -> click add

deb jaunty main

deb-src jaunty main

Ubuntu will prompt for reload, just cancel it, because we need to add OpenPGP key.

2- Open terminal and run this command:

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5

3- Now update the system repos with:

sudo apt-get update

4- Now lets install chromium:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

And you are done, you can find Chromium in Applications -> Internet -> Chromium Web browser

To install in openSUSE:

1- Open YaST, goto software repositories, click add button, choose community repositories from the choices, and click next. Now select Contrib repo and click OK.

2- Now open software management from YaST, and search for ‘chromium’ without quotes and mark it for installation, click Accept button and you are done.

More easy than Ubuntu in openSUSE.

Good luck with it and enjoy.

  • zaine_ridling

    Although Chromium is buggy in Ubuntu, it’s pretty solid in openSUSE. There are quite a few Firefox extensions that have already been ported, including AdBlock. However, for those wanting to force fonts to their favorite in Chromium, use the “Personalized Web” extension here:

  • I am using Ubuntu 9.04 and using Chromium on daily basis beisde FF, i had no issues with it. If you are refering to Kubuntu, then i would say…better to go for openSUSE not Kubuntu. KDE implementation is a lot better in openSUSE than Kubuntu. So maybe that’s case you are talking about. Overall Ubuntu(gnome) is not that bad. But after all openSUSE rocks.
    Yup, there are some tweaks available for Chromium around. Thanks for sharing the link Zaine.