Chromium Browser

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You may wish to use Google Chrome on Linux. CentOS does not currently support the required libraries for this. However, Chromium, the more privacy concious version of Chrome, is available through UMS.

In order to use it on your school system follow these steps:

  1. Right click on a blank space next to the CentOS Logo (Linux equivalent of "Start Menu")
  2. Click "Add to Panel"
  3. Click "Custom Application Launcher"
  4. Click "Add"
  5. Type or copy-paste "/bham/ums/linux/pd/bin/chrome" into the "Command:" box
  6. Type "Google Chromium" into the "Name:" box
  7. Click on "No Icon"
  8. Type "/bham/ums/linux/pd/packages/chrome/" into the box next to "Browse"
  9. Click on the logo
  10. Click "Ok"
  11. Click "Ok"
  12. Close the "Add to Panel" dialog
  13. Click on the new icon (it will take a little while to load the first time as it installs temp directories)
  14. Click on the spanner icon in the top right
  15. Click "Options"
  16. Choose the tab "Under the hood"
  17. Click "Change proxy settings"
  18. Click "Ok" on the error message, you can ignore it
  19. Click "Automatic proxy configuration"
  20. Click "Ok" on the error message, you can ignore it again
  21. Click "Close"
  22. Click "Close"

That's got Chromium working perfectly for you. However, you will not be able to print or view PDF documents.


In order to set Chromium as your default browser follow these steps:

  1. Click on the CentOS Logo (Linux equivalent of "Start Menu")
  2. Choose "System Tools" and "Gnome control centre"
  3. Double click "Preferred applications"
  4. Under "Web browser" choose "Custom"
  5. Type or copy-paste "/bham/ums/linux/pd/bin/chrome %s" into the text box below
  6. Click "Close"
  7. Close "Desktop preferences"
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