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I know that Debian Squeeze has Chromium 6.x only. So I added backports but seems that Chromium is not included. Since Chromium/Chrome development is very fast, version 6.x has sort of become outdated.

Is there a way to install the latest version of Chromium to Debian Squeeze without changing the system from stable to testing/unstable?

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There don't seem to be any Debian repositories that have up-to-date Chromium versions, but there's an Ubuntu Lucid PPA that can be (ab)used.

Add to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu lucid main

Add the keys for that PPA:

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 4E5E17B5

Then just upgrade as usual

Source: http://charlieharvey.org.uk/page/chromium_17_on_squeeze

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It looks like the PPA hasn't been updated since april 2012, though chromium 18 is still much better than chromium 6. The webapps PPA could be used, except that it only has the two most recent ubuntu versions. –  AI0867 Oct 30 '12 at 10:47
    
This PPA looks usable: launchpad.net/~a-v-shkop/+archive/chromium –  AI0867 Oct 30 '12 at 10:56
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I had to use the following command to import the Chromium dev key: sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 4E5E17B5 –  earthmeLon Nov 13 '12 at 0:29

The preferred way to do this is to use apt pinning. It allows you to install a single package from testing/unstable, without migrating the whole system to testing/unstable. Caution: this will bring also package dependencies to testing. Pay attention at what are you doing. A complete guide to pinning is here: http://wiki.debian.org/it/AptPreferences What you need to do is:

Edit /etc/apt/apt.conf and add the following line (or edit a similar line if present)

APT::Default-Release "stable";

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add (replace the mirror with your own). You will have a similar line with stable in place of testing. DO NOT EDIT THAT LINE.

deb ftp://http.us.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free

Now edit /etc/apt/preferences, and add

Package: chromium-browser
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 900

Run apt-get update; to check that you haven't switched to testing, try to launch a apt-get upgrade. If you see lots of upgrades (maybe upgrade your system just before starting the procedure), abort: something has gone wrong. You may or may not see chromium in the upgrades: if not, upgrade it with

apt-get install -t testing chromium-browser
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Go here: http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?hl=en-GB&platform=linux

Get the appropriate .deb, either 32 bit or 64 bit.Install it.

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I am assuming that this will not overwrite the installed chromium-browser but be installed as another package? –  baktin Sep 16 '11 at 10:56
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You know that chromium ≠ chrome? Your response doesn't answer the question at all. –  Marco Dec 6 '11 at 15:42

A Debian wiki guide says to do the following:

aptitude update
aptitude install chromium-browser chromium-browser-l10n
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Debian will always lag behind the upstream. The OP is asking how to get the latest. –  bahamat Sep 13 '11 at 16:05
    
Thanks for your answer. But I have Chromium installed (using the way you mentioned) and I want to update it to the latest version available. –  baktin Sep 13 '11 at 16:22

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