I’ve seen a lot of Debian user asking: ”What is the difference between chromium-browser in sid and google-chrome (stable)?”, “Does chromium-browser support html5, h264, vp8?”
“Why would I prefer chromium-browser in sid over google-chrome (stable)?”
- chromium-browser is free software, google-chrome isn’t
- chromium-browser uses (when it is possible) system libs.
- chromium-browser supports, like google-chrome, the h264 codec (and chromium official builds don’t support it)
- chromium-browser in sid follows the stable tree, but it contains some important (features and bugfix) backports, as for example VP8/WebM codecs (the stable google-chrome version doesn’t support it), or the support for “Ambiance/Radiance and Dust themes button”
- chromium-browser uses a very recent and high-performance libv8 version, google-chrome (stable) uses an ancient version
BTW, the next step is to get chromium-browser into testing and upload a dev version (6.x) in experimental.