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Google Chromium is an open-source version of the Google Chrome browser. The project dates back to 2008 – over a series of years, open-source developers worked on Chromium releases that would bring open-source design to Google's browser offering.
Many user questions around Google Chromium have to do with what it is – not everybody understands that it is essentially an open-source version of the browser that goes along with the development of the licensed product Google Chrome. Others have questions about whether Google Chromium is safe, or whether it constitutes a kind of malware, sometimes because malicious actors have injected malware into Google Chromium, and it is on their computers. In a sense, Google Chromium is yet one more corresponding development project that demonstrates the value and character of open-source development in the browser wars.