Browsers are used almost as much as email, and while we have a few dozen browsers from which to choose, every major tech gadget has a few that are used the most. For Mac it’s Safari, then Google’s Chrome, then Mozilla’s Firefox. For Windows it’s Chrome, something by Microsoft, then Firefox.
Check out two browsers that look familiar but get you away from the clutches of Chrome.
Mother, Not Brother
As much as we Apple fanboys and girls love our Macs, iPhones, and iPads– and Safari, the browser of choice for most of us– it’s Google that truly thinks different. In just a few short years Google’s Chrome browser has topped Internet Explorer and Firefox in web usage, both Mac and Windows.
Why? Chrome is ubiquitous and syncs nicely with all things Google. That also means Google syncs with your privacy.
Chrome comes from Chromium, which is a Google-supported open-source browser project so that anyone who wants to can make their own web browser can. For free. Chromium, in one form or another, is available on Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS. The real question I don’t have an answer for is, ‘Why?‘
It’s not as though we don’t have enough web browsers. It’s not as though one browser is all that much better than another. Hey, all the major browsers are good. We live in the golden age of browsers.
So, why bother with Chrome’s mother, Chromium?
It looks like Google’s Chrome. It works like Google’s Chrome. Even the login is a monochrome of Chrome’s logo. So, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck– it’s a damned duck, right?
Chromium is billed this way.
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.
I take that to mean Chromium is free to build so Google can use the efforts of many as the company’s extra browser research and development group. Why? When others develop cool ideas in Chromium, Google can steal them and put them into Chrome.
Otherwise, what’s the point of Chromium? Hardly anyone uses it. But it can be a safer browser to use than Chrome.
Vivaldi. Jeffrey Mincey:
Remember Opera? The company sold itself to a tech company in China but one of the founders founded Vivaldi. If you like Chrome, you’ll like Vivaldi because it’s based on the open source Chromium project which spawned Chrome. Vivaldi is screaming fast, syncs bookmarks between devices, manages passwords, and Chrome extensions.
See how cool Chromium is now? It spawns anti-Chrome, anti-Google browsers with similar capabilities but without all the stalking and tracking. For free. What’s not to like?