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Chrome spinoff released by SRWare

Chrome spinoff released by SRWare

Iron - based on the Chrome source code made freely available from Google - is available from the SRWare website.

With Google's Chrome browser being released under an open source licence, you knew it wouldn't be long before we saw the first project fork. Say hello to Iron.

According to DownloadSquad, Iron is a privacy-enhanced version of Google's surprise entry into the browser market. Based on the same source code as the main trunk, the German-developed Iron removes some of Google's oversight from your browsing history by removing the unique tag used to identify each user, remove the functionality that reports usage back to Google, stops server error messages from being forwarded through Google, and removes both the crash reporting and automatic updating functionality.

What you're left with is a pared-down version of the increasingly popular Chrome browser for users who think that Google has had quite enough insight into their personal data, thank you very much.

Documentation on the project is somewhat sparse – and in German, to boot – but in theory, as the project only requires the removal of functionality and not addition, it should be relatively straightforward for the team at SRWare to keep Iron updated with security patches and bugfixes as they are provided by Google.

Whether you consider it fair play to take the functionality developed and offered freely by Google in exchange for just a teensy bit more of your personal data is between you and your conscience.

Are there any Chrome holdouts a bit more willing to give it a go now that Google's all-seeing eye has been blindfolded, or is it still a poor competitor in an increasingly strong marketplace? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Bluephoenix 25th September 2008, 14:14 Quote
Chrome: Won't touch with a ten-foot pole.


Iron: downloading now, lets see what all the fuss is about :p
Goty 25th September 2008, 15:12 Quote
By "increasingly popular", I hope you mean "seeing users leave in droves to go back to their old browsers".
Firehed 25th September 2008, 15:15 Quote
What user-tracking nonsense is present in Chrome that isn't on every single website on the net already with Google Analytics?
Paradigm Shifter 25th September 2008, 15:50 Quote
Does every website use Google Analytics, though?

...

Still not gonna tempt me away from Firefox, I'm afraid. Although it does negate some of my dislikes of Chrome.
Redbeaver 25th September 2008, 16:06 Quote
i'm still using chrome and i like it.


no, i dont do my online banking with it.
Bluephoenix 25th September 2008, 16:42 Quote
don't like it very much

uninstalled, I'll be more interested when its not quite so bare


firefox cheesecake!
C-Sniper 25th September 2008, 16:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
What user-tracking nonsense is present in Chrome that isn't on every single website on the net already with Google Analytics?

yey for no-script blocking that!
Techno-Dann 25th September 2008, 16:59 Quote
Chrome versus Firefox is kinda like VI versus EMACS - One is just a web browser (or file editor), the other could be its own operating system, with all the add-ons and features installed.

I like Chrome - then again, I also like programming with Notepad and the command prompt. Your Preferences May Vary.
Firehed 25th September 2008, 17:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Does every website use Google Analytics, though?

...

Still not gonna tempt me away from Firefox, I'm afraid. Although it does negate some of my dislikes of Chrome.

Any website with a competent administrator has some sort of analytics on it (most often Google as it's free, but there are a number of other services), and they all keep server logs.
Paradigm Shifter 25th September 2008, 18:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
Any website with a competent administrator has some sort of analytics on it (most often Google as it's free, but there are a number of other services), and they all keep server logs.

Aye, I know the first bit. It's good to be able to keep track of hits and so on. ;)

Didn't realise the Google version was free, though. :)
Cthippo 25th September 2008, 20:03 Quote
THis is going to end up like linux distros where there are an infinate number of flavors for those who prefer something different.

This is a good thing
BlackMage23 25th September 2008, 21:05 Quote
there are too many web browsers those days
Timmy_the_tortoise 25th September 2008, 21:08 Quote
Firefox 64-bit is fine for me, thanks.. I don't need anymore..
EmJay 25th September 2008, 21:23 Quote
This is good. I like Chrome, but I'm not willing to do my banking with it, and I'm not going to keep multiple browsers around for different tasks. I'll have to play with Iron to see if it fits the bill (no pun intended).
Woodstock 25th September 2008, 21:36 Quote
when you use chrome, in porno mode, does that also stop any data being sent back to google? personally over then online transactions i have nothing really to hide
r4tch3t 26th September 2008, 00:52 Quote
I use chrome for a few things. Mainly for the Uni website as it crashes Firefox.
zoom314 26th September 2008, 01:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Does every website use Google Analytics, though?

...

Still not gonna tempt me away from Firefox, I'm afraid. Although it does negate some of my dislikes of Chrome.

Sad to say, But no, A lot do though. :D
BurningFeetMan 26th September 2008, 02:36 Quote
I've reverted back to Firefox 3 after giving Chrome a serious work out.

Chrome has too many show stopping bugs (not too many niggling bugs though) and not enough features to streamline my internets.
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