Chrome banner ads in Japan

November 30th, 2010 by John Daggett

Chrome banner ads on

These two banner ads appeared on the Japanese version of Slashdot. The wording on the top one from last week includes “Google chrome, a browser built from scratch by Google” but the one this week just says “Google chrome, a browser built by Google”.

Um, guys, it’s open source, lots of folks contributed including some good folks at Google, no?

4 Responses to “Chrome banner ads in Japan”

  1. capachan Says:

    Chromium is open source.

  2. Wladimir Palant Says:

    No. An open source project isn’t automatically a community project. Typically, community participation is very low in open source projects backed by large corporations who pursue their own goals with the project (Netscape 7, Java, Google Chrome to mention a few). So – “built by Google” describes it pretty well.

  3. Ian Thomas (thelem) Says:

    Built by scratch is clearly wrong, but looks like they’ve picked up on that themselves.

    Any software uses libraries, does doing so mean it’s manufacturer can’t claim to have made it? Chrome is steered, controled and marketed by google, so I think that’s enough for them to claim that it’s made by Google.

  4. Robert Kaiser Says:

    Hah, true, a large part of the rendering engine has been originally created by the KDE project and improved by Apple among others. That’s nothing like “from scratch”.