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A First Extraction Of Chromium

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Chrome is not Google's new open source browser. Chromium is Google's new open source browser; Chrome is the name of Google's branded binary release of the Chromium browser. Open source projects live or die by the quality of their community, and in the early life of a project, the quality of the developer community. The initial release and supporting documentation usually hint at how well developed the project will be. With that in mind, heise online UK set out to build Chromium from the available source code and see how difficult the process was.

Chromium.org is the community site for Chromium. This currently redirects to the Google Code project page for Chromium. Clicking on the "Getting Started" link takes you straight to the instructions for building the Windows version. The Linux and Mac OS X projects do exist, but they are in very early days. Assembling the prerequisites for the Windows version was fairly simple; Windows XP and Visual Studio 2005. As of writing, it's not possible to build Chromium with Visual Studio Express, but some developers are working on that to allow the package to be built "for free", without the cost of Visual Studio 2005.

Chromium requires Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 and a particular Windows Vista SDK; the notes say that although the SDK says it is for Vista it is suitable for use on XP. Once those are installed, you would normally move onto downloading the code; that's not the case here.

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