PS. if anybody can find a way to enable trapezoid tabs for the latest, hardware accelerated Chromium version, and it's easy to install on RPiOS, I'll pay you $100 USD.
Recently I was wondering if older RPi Chromium versions were any faster or less bloated than today's Chromium v88.
After finding the package archive, I was able to install Chromium version 65.
It. Was. Awesome! I forgot just how modern and sophisticated the trapezoid tabs looked. And yes: web browsing, especially startup time, was noticeably faster. Even Google Chrome sync worked flawlessly.
Then I got to thinking...
If I enjoyed the experience, then others would too.
Introducing Downgrade Chromium, a brand new app on the Pi-Apps app store that replaces the two previous chromium downgrading apps. This app allows you to switch Chromium versions easily and swiftly, while keeping a backup of Chromium's config directory in case something goes haywire.
To try it yourself:
- Install Pi-Apps if you haven't already.
- Launch Pi-Apps and go to the Internet category. Here's a screenshot of it:
- Click install and then select which version of Chromium you'd like.
- That's it! It should only take a few minutes to download and install the three debs. After that, you can launch Chromium and enjoy how good it used to look.
- Once you've had your fun, revert everything back to normal by uninstalling the Downgrade Chromium app.