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    Okay my first n00b question..

    What is the difference between Google Chrome and Chromium?

    Like all the details, What would you use to develop plugin's and websites for?

    Why are there 2 versions (If google use the code, why would the Chromium team keep developing a side app).. What is more stable?

    I searched the forum didn't find alot, so im taking the risk

    This may benefit other new users like me

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    What is the difference between Google Chrome and Chromium?

    Don't know but there are 3 versions of Chrome and Chromium is an hourly build :-)

    Like all the details, What would you use to develop plugin's and websites for?

    All versions if possible

    Side note: Chrome releases are based on Chromium

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    What do you mean by hourly build? regularly updated?

    What do you use as a default ?

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    Chromium churns out builds by the hour :-)

    using Dev Chrome as the default browser for my OS

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    Thanks, Im still open to other explanations to increase my knowledge

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    Chromium is the open source project.
    Google Chrome is the brand version based on it. Google adds some things of their own.
    However both use the same rendering and JavaScript engines, so developing sites for one is likely going to work for all of them.
    However, extensions are kind of a different story, as those are still being added to and reworked slightly (I think) and stuff.

    Also Chrome is more stable..generally. Sometimes unstable things get pushed into a Dev build, and they will likely be fixed in Chromium a few days before the new Dev version of Chrome.
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    Thanks man. I appreciate your reply; What kind of things has google put I can't see much difference (if any)

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    1. Google chrome has Google bookmark sync, but chromium hasn't
    2. Chrome has feature to update, chrome hasn't
    3. etc
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    1) Google Chrome (stable):
    Everyone is on the Stable channel when they first install Google Chrome. The Stable channel is updated with features and fixes once they have been thoroughly tested in the Beta channel. If you want a rock solid browser but don't need the latest features, the Stable channel is for you.
    2) Google Chrome beta
    People who like to use and help refine the latest features subscribe to the Beta channel. Every month or so, we promote stable and complete features from the Dev channel to the Beta channel. The Beta channel is more stable than Dev, but may lack the polish one expects from a finished product.
    3) Google Chrome dev:
    This developer preview channel is where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled. Still, simply using Dev channel releases is an easy (practically zero-effort) way for anyone to help improve Google Chrome. If you're writing extensions, you need to use the Windows Dev channel.

    4) Chromium:
    Is what you can call experimental .. So you will see the things, that later will come to Chrome, in Chromium first, often very buggy/unfinished implementated .. Like the possibility to disable extensions we now got in Chromium.. That's not in Chrome, or Chrome beta or Chrome dev.. But Chrome dev will probatly soon have it.

    I like Chromium, but if you don't need to see features arriving first hand and like to report bugs, well then it's a little wast of time updating every 10 min. so get latest build

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    Woo, I understand thank you all for your replies


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