I'm currently maintaining two PPAs which contain the current version of the Chromium Beta and Dev channels. My version of Chromium here includes many of the patches that Ubuntu uses and may also have some additional features.
Here is a list of features that are included in my version of Chromium, but not in either Ubuntu's Chromium or in Google Chromium builds:
- Support for hardware-accelerated video decoding. (should work for Intel graphics card at least; needs to be manually enabled from about:flags)
Here is a list of features that are included in my version of Chromium and in Ubuntu's Chromium, but not in Google Chromium builds:
- Support for encrypted media decoding. (Requires that you use two libraries from Google Chrome)
The PPAs can be used on Ubuntu Xenial (16.04) and newer on the amd64, i386, armhf, and arm64 architectures.
Adding an API Key
To use some features such as Sync, you will need to add in an API key. Unlike Ubuntu's Chromium or the Google Chromium builds, the packages in my PPA do not have an API key built in. To add in an API key, follow the steps listed under "Acquiring Keys" here (note that not all of the APIs listed need to be enabled). Then, open ~/.profile, and add the following to the end of the file:
export GOOGLE_API_KEY="api_key" export GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID="client_id" export GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET="client_secret"
Replace what is in quotes after the equals (=) sign with the appropriate value. Then, log off and log back on, or restart your computer. The API keys should now be recognized by Chromium.
Chromium Beta PPA: Builds of Chromium Beta
Chromium Dev PPA: Builds of Chromium Dev
Debdelta SupportThese PPAs has support for using debdeltas enabled. See the debdelta page for more information on using debdeltas.
PackagingThe packaging for my version of Chromium along with the patches used are on Github. The packaging for the Chromium Dev PPA is on the master branch, while the packaging for the Chromium Beta PPA is on a separate branch that includes the branch version in the name. Feel free to use it, contribute to it, or file a bug report.
I'm currently maintaining two PPAs that contain FlightGear, an open-source flight simulator. The Stable PPA contains stable releases of FlightGear, while the Daily PPA contains daily builds of FlightGear. FlightGear can be installed on Ubuntu Trusty (14.04) or newer on the amd64, i386, arm64, and ppc64el architectures.
FlightGear requires a data package to be installed. This data package is a 1 GB download and requires about 1.7 GB disk space. Note that this package will have to be updated whenever a new version of FlightGear is released. For the daily PPA, the data package is updated every week.