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Chromium is the multi platform open source web browser which is the base of Google Chrome. The minimalist design is part of Chromiums major goal of becoming the tabbed web shell. Being built upon WebKit engine Chromium provides latest HTML5 and CSS3 features to its users.
- multi-process architecture - each site instance or plugin runs in separate process which for end users means better security and stability
- themes - makes chromium easy to fit into your desktop design
- preferences sync - keeping the same settings, bookmarks, extensions and theme over multiple machines
- incognito mode - private browsing prevents storing history or cookies by visited websites
- DNS prefetching - faster address to IP resolution
To download Chromium, it is recommended to use the link to the right from software.opensuse.org. Search for Chromium and select the official package for the distribution being used. Another way would be to select the software package in YaST from the Software Management section.
To install via the command line, open up a command terminal and execute the following command:
sudo zypper install chromium
To remove Chromium from the terminal, execute the following command:
sudo zypper remove chromium
Besides the openSUSE builds from the Build Service (see the links in the box above), you can get stable, beta and development packages on Google's "Early Access Release Channels" directly from The Chromium Projects.
You can use Chromium to send screen content, web pages, video and music to TV through Chromecast. However, here are some steps before you can use Chromecast.
By default, Chromium cannot discover Chromecast devices. You need to go to
chrome://flags/#load-media-router-component-extension and Change it to Enabled. Then you restart Chromium.
Open Yast Firewall, add UDP port 1900 to home zone.
Change your WiFi's firewall zone to home through KDE/GNOME Network Settings.
Then you can open Chromium menu and select Cast.... You should be able to find your Chromecast device. If not, visit Chromecast Help
Many users like dark desktop themes. Chromium can be turned to dark, too!
Go to Settings -> Appearance, change the appearance to GTK+.
In address bar, type
chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark, choose Enabled. Then restart Chromium.
Even if the website is not optimized for dark theme, Chromium can use some algorithm to convert the page to dark theme. However, this can cause unexpected results in some web pages.
Especially for Customization
There are some themes that let Chrome and Chromium better fit into the KDE style: