On Using Chromium
I recently blogged about two guides on installing Chromium for Ubuntu and I included links to articles that talked about the proper way of installing it as well as enabling the support for Flash. (Because watching videos online and playing those Flash-based games on Facebook and everywhere else could get so addicting.) This recent experience with Chromium seems so much better compared to my first attempt at installing it. (Well, they did say that it’s for development purposes, and I took that chance. Not inherently a bad thing.)
So now I have no envy towards people using Google Chrome on Windows. I can experience browsing of so many websites faster now. Everything loads pretty quickly actually. And I appreciate it that it has its own task manager. This task manager lets me see which processes are using up so much memory and/or CPU. And you can end those processes if you wish to. I also like it that you don’t have to quit the entire application when your plugins are using too much resources. Just end the process. I run the Flash plugin so I could monitor it from time to time by right-clicking on the browser window and opting to run the task manager.
As pointed out to me by Romana Challans and Ian Dexter Marquez, Chromium isn’t the best thing out there but for web browsing alone, it seems to work well. Some of us still would like to have userscripts (because Greasemonkey is awesome that way) and other plugins that make it easier to share links with each other or check if our blog layouts are correct, and so on. Firefox is still great for web developers but maybe other such extensions will follow once Chromium and Google Chrome become more popular in the months and years to come. And I seriously hope this is not wishful thinking.