[google chrome] Installation

Hello everyone,

I have 2 questions:
I want to install google chrome in opensuse but why do I have to use zypper for that?

When I use zypper many recommended package will be installed with google chrome. should I accept the installation and why?

Can I install only google chrome package and deny the other packages?

no google chrome needs those packages to run.
but I’d recommend using chromium with chromium-ffmpeg and chromium-pepper-flash from packman, cos chrome was compiled to run on a wide range of operating systems while openSUSE’s chromium was specifically compiled for opensuse use, plus it does not have google’s spyware.

Is it a secure software?

google chrome is an advertisement platform, google tracks you, where you go what you browse etc, not to mention their last gaffe with the OK Google where Chrome downloads and installs an extension that listens in on you
all of that is disabled in Chromium


IMO the better answer is that there are at least 3 different flavors of the Chrome browser…
First, note that all versions of Chrome browsers listed below are available as builds on many OS including Windows (besides Linux).

Canary - Bleeding edge development. Unstable, but often only choice if you’re trying some new feature still being developed.
Chromium - The open source, community developed version which also provides the core functionality for Google’s proprietary version. Typically, the openSUSE version you’re likely going to run is stable and will work for almost all things.
Chrome - Google’s proprietary browser. Very finished, includes proprietary code and may be required for some plugins/extensions. May also include some undesirable code as I_A mentioned, but AFAIK that mentioned issue(surveillance by camera without User authorization) has been rolled back(removed).

Some additional comment about tracking…AFAIK unless you stay logged in with a Google account, Google won’t track you unless by the typical means… using cookies like everyone else on every cookie-supported browser. Or, if you install a browser Extension that incorporates tracking (Like Hangouts) At least, that was my how I understand the last Terms and Conditions I read.

So, at least in the world of the Chrome browser, you have choice and what you use depends on your requirements.


I was doing an update on my android and the evil empire known as google started selling me things based on my youtube browsing habit (I do watch youtube while logged-in so I can keep track of what I’ve seen)

Well, yes.
But, for a different reason. Not the web browser but the OS(which of course may be related to web activities).

Have you ever seen an Android device not logged into Google constantly?
Or, for that matter an iPhone that isn’t logged into Apple constantly?

It’s the rationale and motivation long recognized for MS’ major change from the Win7 Desktop to Win8 (Win10) which strongly encourages Users to buy apps from the Windows Store (like counterparts on Android and iOS) and promotes the OS using a main Authenticator.

Linux may be the last (maybe BSD as well) OS that doesn’t force, or at least promote a single Authenticator for everything.