Google Chromium Web Browser

I was trolling the Fedora forums when I saw a post by mariuszs on “Google Chrome in FC11“. A bit of excitement rushed through my body and I checked it out. Sure enough it lead me to the http://spot.fedorapeople.org/chromium/ site and it left me very confused. I didn’t know what I was looking at.  Lucky for me it was explained in the thread how easy it was to add this test repository for me to eventually do a:

# yum install chromium

So; i’m reposting the instructions to give it more traction.

Add the Chromium Test Repository

I’ve been using RPMs to add repositories to my system. I didn’t know what actually went behind adding a repo.  It’s very easy: open a text editor, add in some code, save it and you’re finished.

gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/chromium.repo

Now add the following content:

[chromium]
name=Chromium Test Packages
baseurl=http://spot.fedorapeople.org/chromium/F$releasever/
enabled=1
gpgcheck=0

Save the file. It’ll create the “chromium.repo” in the “/etc/yum.repos.d” folder. Wow that was enlightening.

Install Chromium

Just run the yum install command and you’re good to go. The coolest part is, since it’s a repository, when the developer udpates it, you’ll get updated too.

# yum install chromium

Flash Support

mariuszs continues the thread by telling us about how to get Flash working in this version of Chromium on an x86_64 system. The guy’s a saint! There are three packages (flash-plugin, libcanberra-gtk2, and PackageKit-gtk), if you don’t already have them installed.

# yum install flash-plugin-10.0.22.87-release.i386
libcanberra-gtk2-0.12-1.fc11.i586
PackageKit-gtk-module-0.4.8-1.fc11.i586

Then link the “libflashplayer.so” file to the Chromium plugins folder, just like Firefox:

cd /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/flash-plugin/libflashplayer.so

When you’re ready to finally jump right into Chromium, run this command: “chromium-browser”.  To enable Flash support append it with “–enable-plugins”. That option will activate Flash and cause other plugins (if you have any) to load with the browser. So; in the end, your final command will be

$ chromium-browser --enable-plugins

Thanks mariuszs for the detailed post and Tom “spot” Callaway for the repo and Chromium build. You guys are my heroium!