Although I’m a very faithful user of the awesome Firefox web browser (not everything think so though :D) and just try to avoid using Google Chrome since it’s known to tracking user data, etc thus if you’re care about personal privacy and a secure web browsing experience then Firefox is still quite trustworthy.
But Firefox is certainly not the only major OpenSource web browser that we currently have. In that sense, although Google owns it, still Chromium web browser project is somewhat “unspoiled” when comparing with the Chrome version.
It’s build for speed (both loading sites and the browser itself since it uses a different UI tookit that’s a bit resources friendly) + comes with a clean user interface (little customization options as a result) and if you have a smaller screen, meaning that every pixel counts, well then Chroumium is certainly a handy tool to have around.
And because of some of the speed and system resources issues that I have with Firefox 7.0 which comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 11.10 I decided to give Chromium a try and so far I’m quite happy with it.
Anyway, you too can install Chromium web browser (current stable version) in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the stable PPA channel provided by the Ubuntu Chromium team. So as usual, open your Terminal window and enter the below commands.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:chromium-daily/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
This should install whatever the latest stable (means official) version of Chromium (right now it’s 15.0) but if you want the latest/unstable version (daily builds, currently the version 17.0) then instead of the first command, use the below one.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:chromium-daily/ppa
Or if you want the “Dev-Channel”, meaning that it’s up to date than the stable version but somewhat less frequently updated than the above daily builds then use the below command (this should give you the 16.0 current dev-version).
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:chromium-daily/dev
Anyhow, if you’re a bit disappointed by the resource usage of Firefox (although they’ve doing some impressive work since the version 8 brings noticeable speed changes) then you can try the Chromium instead but still personally; I think Firefox is the best choice if you’re really concerned about both privacy and a more secure web browsing experience.