In September 2008, Google released the majority of Chrome's source code as an open source project called Chromium, on which Chrome releases are still based. Notable components that are not open source are the built in PDF viewer and the built in Flash player.
Google's Eric Schmidt opposed the development of an independent web browser for six years. He stated that "at the time, Google was a small company," and he did not want to go through "bruising browser wars." After co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired several Firefox developers and built a demonstration of Chrome, however, Schmidt admitted that "It was so good that it essentially forced me to change my mind.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|