Chromium refers to a pair of open-source projects that power the Google Chrome Web browser and Google Chrome OS. The Chromium project's mission is to build an interface for users to experience the Web in a way that's "faster, safer, and more stable than existing alternatives." The Chromium OS project, on the other hand, aims to develop a Web-focused operating system and computing experience that's "fast, simple, and secure."
Chromium browser releases are designed to run on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and ChromeOS operating systems. While Chromium releases parallel those of Google Chrome releases, Chromium downloads are distinguished from Google Chrome browser downloads by the lack of Google's branding, the GoogleUpdate automatic updating system, an integrated Adobe Flash Player and sandboxed PDF viewer, and usage statistics and crash reporting options.
The project also offers extensive documentation and source code for developers interested in exploring and/or contributing to the project. The Chromium project's name is derived from the element chromium, which is the metal used to make chrome.
It's not just your lawnmower and household tools that your neighbor won't return. Our top picks include everything from updating device firmware... Read More »Interesting Times: Transformation in the IT Channel
Business transformation will remain the buzzword of the moment as channel firms continue to assess the direction of their companies in the age of... Read More »What is a Virtual Private network (VPN)?
Companies and organizations will use a VPN to communicate confidentially over a public network and to send voice, video or data. Read More »
From wacky alarm clocks to lecture hall tools and after class entertainment, these Android apps are a good fit for a student's life and budget. Read More »Network Fundamentals Study Guide
A network is a group of two or more computer systems or devices, linked together to share resources, exchange files and electronic communications.... Read More »Computer Architecture Study Guide
This Webopedia study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. Read More »
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
- Watch Datamation's editor James Maguire moderate roundtable discussions with tech experts from companies such as Accenture, Dell, Blue Jeans Network, Microsoft and more »