On Ubuntu we find a wide selection of browsers among the official repositories .. but if we try to install Chrome on Ubuntu, we find Chromium as a browser. Opening a small parenthesis, the differences between the two browsers are that one is based on the sources of the other, and exactly Chromium is the open source project and Google used the sources - not only of Chromium, but also of other projects - to create own browser, obviously including closed code. In summary, browsers are very similar but Chromium should respect our privacy more; it is then up to the user to choose which of the two to use 😉
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However, if we want to install Chrome on Ubuntu and not find it in the repositories, we instinctively look for it on Google which will refer us to Official site where we will find the deb package for our distribution.
What if we wanted to install it via the terminal? Although the browser should update automatically, the terminal one is a choice that I also prefer because it allows you to install not only the version stable, but also the beta and unstable.
Install Chrome on Ubuntu from the terminal
The installation applies to all the latest Ubuntu releases ranging from 12.04 to the 14.10 is 32 bit and 64 bit.
First you need to download and install the key dai Google repository which is equivalent to the following command line from terminal
wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
and consequently add the Chrome repositories
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'
Now as for any package, just update all the repositories and install Chrome:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable
That's it, we installed Google Chrome on Ubuntu; if we want to try the beta or unstable versions, we just need to give one of the two respective commands below
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable
Removal is also very simple, just replace install with remove.
I have always used Chromium and have never had any problems. If instead we want to talk about privacy, I think it is not enough to ask only which browser is the safest, but we must consider many more factors: for example a more advanced protection of our privacy, we could have it using the VPN o the TOR network, but there are obviously plenty of other solutions.
Which means of protection and which browsers do you use?