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Easily switch between Chromium versions!

Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:34 pm

I'm a huge fan of Chromium's trapezoid tab layout, and despite years of using Chromium's new and improved rounded tab layout, I've always hated it.
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. :mrgreen:

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!
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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:
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  • Click install and then select which version of Chromium you'd like.
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  • 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.
Enjoy! And long live trapezoid tabs. :D
Last edited by Botspot on Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Easily switch between Chromium version!

Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:05 pm

How about a newer version of Firefox?
Now that would be awesome.

LibreWolf does it with an Appimage.
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