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Chromium Hits Alpha Release!

Chromium – the browser which is created by Google and whom will slap their logo on and call it Chrome – finally reached it’s Alpha milestone today, having been available as a pre-alpha for the past few months.

The browser makes clear that the Alpha release is missing some functionality such as plug-in’s, google gears and ‘complex text’, whatever that is!

You can test out the Alpha build of Chromium by adding the following lines to your ‘Software Sources': -

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Right click here and save to the desktop, click on the ‘Authentication’ tab of ‘Software Sources’ and ‘add’ it.

Then update your packages and install with: -

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Tip: To get Chromium to open without a terminal window, edit it’s shortcut (System>Preferences>Main menu>Internet>Chromium) and change the ‘type’ field from ‘Terminal Application’ to just ‘Application’.