Iridium is just fast in any way. It starts very fast and loads and renders also very complex web sites really fast.
Chromium (which Iridium is based on) is a very secure browser, yes. But it does call home to Google. And we did even more to enhance security to the maximum extent possible.
Ease of Use
Just anybody can use iridium right away. It is simple and easy to handle, it does not require any special knowledge at all.
Before Iridium Browser, we had to decide if we wanted to have cutting edge technologies like sandboxed processes, WebRTC, WebUSB … , or if we wanted to use a browser that respects our privacy.
So we decided to use the power of free software and build a browser that can do both. We analysed the code of Chromium and stripped out the functionality which exposes data to others in a way we don‘t like.
See most important changes here
Our ambition is to get builds for Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, fedora, Windows and OS-X a couple of days after a new release of Chromium.
To achieve this, we need help from individuals and organisations, who have the same intention. Currently there are weeks between a new release of Iridium and Chromium.
Please take this into consideration for your personal usage of the browser as you might be at risk when surfing unknown and potentially dangerous websites!
We feel, that as an application browser or as browser for trusted websites, this is acceptable.
The next planned release will be based on Chromium 60.0. Version 59 had no crucial security related fixes as such. Therefore we’ve decided to skip this version and instead assure that we deliver version 60.0 in timely manner in August.
Stand-by and stay private!
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There are many browsers out there. Chrome is fast, stable, and user-friendly but does not meet many organizations’ demands for privacy. Since the tight integration with its inventor (Google) makes many things easier it does not comply to restrictive data environments. Iridium is not another new browser from scratch. It takes the Chromium code base, which is also used for the official Chrome browser, and enhances its security and sets certain policies by default. There are many forks of Chromium-based browsers, yet in our opinion they failed in many other key areas important for adoption:
With Iridium the whole process is entirely transparent. The public Git repository allows a direct view on all changes made. The complete source code is therefore available.
Iridium has various enhancements where it forces strict security to provide the maximum level of security without compromising compatibility.
We try to distribute it in ways where it allows easy installation and yet allows administrators to deploy it easily. An example is an MSI-based installation mechanism for easy deployments throughout an entire organization.
Backed by Serious People
The Iridium Browser project is backed by the Open Source Business Alliance. Today around 190 members are part of the http://osb-alliance.de/
These most active companies are the core of the development team:
As you can imagine, developing, provision of infrastructure, and testing is very intense work. This results in costs to maintain easy imaginable things such as bandwidth, but also infrastructure such as maintaining build systems. For ongoing success and providing builds for multiple platforms, it is key to have dedicated developers focused on this browser project. If you see a value in the Iridium browser for you personally, for your organization, please consider a donation.
If you are a security developer which knows Chromium or is security focused in general, feel free writing us through our mailing list. Patches are very welcome and will get reviewed in short order!
Spread the Word
We think that privacy is more important than ever. We do not feel that your translations should be transparently sent to a central service which can potentially be misused. We think sending out literally anything you type is not an option. By using and recommending Iridium, you help evolve a serious alternative come true.