While the names are similar – Chrome and Chromium – the labels represent two different web browsers. But they are related.One leads to the other. One is open-source, the other is not, not really. One dominates the world’s browser landscape, like a single huskie dominates a team of Chihuahuas on the Iditarod. The other is used by less than one-sixth of one percent of all those who ran a browser last month.Computerworld put Chrome and Chromium under the magnifying glass to better understand what Chromium does and how it figures into the development of its offspring. Here’s what you need to know to better understand them both.What is the Chromium browser?Chromium is not only the name of a browser, but also of the open-source project that generates the source code used by Chrome. Google is the primary backer of Chromium – it kicked off the project when it launched Chrome in September 2008 – but because the code is open-source, others, including people not employed by Google, contribute to the Chromium project. (Microsoft, for one, started serious input this year; see the “And now Microsoft’s Edge?” section below for more information.)The browser compiled from the current Chromium source code is called… Read full this story
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