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Why is Google Chrome closed-source?

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Why is Google Chrome closed-source? Gadelat 1/12/11 1:18 PM
I know there is open-source clone called Chromium, but it's not same, as you can see here http://code.google.com/p/chromium/wiki/ChromiumBrowserVsGoogleChrome I dont't like idea that Google can put in his major browser whatever he want and nobody will ever find it out.
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? david.king 1/12/11 1:40 PM
Chrome is built on Chromium which is open source. By contributing to Chromium you are in effect contributing to Chrome and other browsers that are built using Chromium. 
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? Gadelat 1/12/11 1:46 PM
Yeah i know, it is built on Chromium which is open-source, so why Chrome is NOT?
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? david.king 1/12/11 2:23 PM
Chrome is in effect open source because it runs on Chromium.
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? Gadelat 1/12/11 2:56 PM
Allright, if it's open source, show me parts of source code where i can see chrome's additional features which i mentioned in first post.
I don't care if Chrome is in 90% or 99% identical with Chromium, fact is it's not and i want to know reason why google has two different branches of his browser - one closed-source, another open-source.
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? John.. 1/13/11 8:15 AM
Google always labels Apple closed and itself open. sad to see that indeed its just a marketing ploy
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? vasa1 1/13/11 9:18 AM
Two things that I can think of are the PDF Viewer and the baked-in Flash. If I'm not mistaken, these aren't part of Chromium. Anyone?

Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? david.king 1/13/11 10:56 AM
I can see what you mean guys but it's the best browser that is closest to being open source.
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? JVApen 1/17/11 4:58 AM
Hi, there are a few reasons I can think of, one of them is that there are added a few paying features, such as mp3-tags, pdf-filling-forms. Those things probably aren't even opensource and to prevent problems they don't give that code as OpenSource. By the way, Chromium works as good als Chrome (and even better on Linux)
Re: Why is Google Chrome closed-source? JustinKing 3/25/11 9:58 PM
The reason is simple really:  by using the Apache license this way they can get free development for Chrome while not having to reveal any of Chrome's core-code.  They get to have their cake and eat it to.

If someone forks chromium and posts it on github ... becuase it's 90% compatible Google can review it, and import it if it looks good.  Their build however ... can stay as closed as they need ot be in order to compete... because the dirty secret is open source can't compete against capitalism and be profitable.

What Google has done is a clever form of marketing to be "the company for opensource devs" who in turn augment their programming base for free and allow Google to sift and select choice code that then makes it into the closed source version.  Devs work on chromium ... Google takes the best ideas and puts it into Chome ... whola: they can pump out a browser much cheaper than Microsoft which translates to a faster ROI.

Google is just open with their B grade knock offs hoping the "community" will be their dev. team for their a grade product.  Genius really.