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25 September 2008, 14:51

Iron, a private version of Chromium from Germany

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SRWare, a German company, has released Iron, based on Google's Chromium code. The big difference, according to the authors on their German language-only web site, is that the features which have caused people to question the privacy of Google's browser are all disabled.

These features include Chrome's generation of a unique ID for the installation and recording the exact time of installation, Google Suggest functions in the address bar, alternate error pages, bug reporting, updating and tracking, all of which are completely removed from Iron.

heise online UK downloaded Iron, and found that despite the installer only using the German language, that installed browser functioned in English, and, after a brief examination, it did appear that at least some of the features in question were disabled. SRWare has made a Windows executable and the source code available to download.


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