While the names are similar — Chrome and Chromium — the labels represent two different web browsers. But they are related.
One leads to the other. One is open-source, the other is not — not really. One dominates the world’s browser landscape, like a single huskie dominates a team of Chihuahuas on the Iditarod. The other is used by less than 0.03 percent of all those who ran a browser last month.
Computerworld has put Chrome and Chromium — and Microsoft’s new Edge, too — under the magnifying glass to better understand what Chromium does and how it figures into the development of its offspring. Here’s what you need to know to better understand them both.