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Add Chromium browser to the distro

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The Google Chromium browser is taking over most Windows users desktops. Why? Because it is a very, very good browser that most Linux users want: minimalistic, fast and open-source. What more do we want?

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Chromium is a fast, minimalistic and open-source browser that is on a LOT of Windows desktops. Not only is it a great browser to use, but if a Windows user is used to it and can't have it on openSUSE, they won't switch.


icons/user_comment.png P. J. wrote: (8 years ago)

Google Chrome is not yet available for Linux. See e.g. http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/de/linux.html

icons/user_comment.png P. J. wrote: (8 years ago)

Correction - a beta version is available here: http://www.google.com/chrome/

I have to agree, it does appear to be very fast.

icons/user_comment.png P. R. wrote: (8 years ago)

This is a very poor effort from Google. The package requires lsb3 which brings also qt3 to system, it installs into /opt and AFAIK provides nothing that Chromium in Contrib does not have ...

icons/user_comment.png D. G. wrote: (8 years ago)

I think that video support (h.264 at least) is missing from Chromium - one of _the_ killer features of Google Chrome.

icons/user_comment.png d. e. wrote: (7 years ago)

Go to http://html5test.com/ with Chrome and Chromium and you'll see the difference. On my machine chrome scores 274 points and Chromium scores 234 points. The reason is mainly the Video/Audio tags.

icons/user_comment.png F. V. wrote: (8 years ago)

I am not familiar with the official guidelines for including code or planning for package releases into the distro, but since 11.3 is 6-7 months from now with a probable likelihood that the Linux version has been released by then, what do we need to do now (if anything) to be ready to include it into the 11.3 release?

icons/user_comment.png J. R. wrote: (8 years ago)

There's Chromium in Contrib.

Don't replace Fireox with it yet, until it gets rock stable, usable and gets so many extensions available.

icons/user_comment.png K. Y. wrote: (8 years ago)

Yes please add Chromium (not Chrome, unless it has been released by then) to 11.3 OSS so that it's easily available.

icons/user_comment.png P. R. wrote: (8 years ago)

As Jakub mentioned we have Chromium in Contrib (so it makes no sense to include Chrome in distribution). Why is not Chromium directly in Factory? Well, spot had some very good notes about that: http://spot.livejournal.com/312320.html Until these are solved by Google I don't see us putting Chromium in Factory.

icons/user_comment.png F. V. wrote: (8 years ago)

I'm not sure how to put this without ticking some people off (which is really not my intent), but don't we have far less stable packages in Factory right now? I've been using Chromium for days without crashes or restarting, which is not something I can say of everything that's in there.

I read the livejournal article: the author mentions no big issues to do with stability / bugs. It's all about the way Google interacts with other development projects in the playground. From an end-user perspective, I couldn't care less if even Microsoft was engaged with the project. As long as they abide by the legalities of open-source, who cares that they shake up the community a little? Reality check: Chromium is a better product than Firefox much the same that Firefox was better than IE 6. But those days have past.

icons/user_comment.png H. H. wrote: (8 years ago)

I use chromium from contrib for months now, and no problems appeared so far. It is by far the most fast, usable and stable browser for linux (before I used opera, but it gets more slow - loading, memory consuming -  every release). 

icons/user_comment.png V. Z. wrote: (7 years ago)

Chromium is IMHO much worse than Firefox or Opera. Not so much settings possibilities, much worse quality and stability of add-ons compared to Firefox. I also faced many problems with crashing web pages. No, thanks.

icons/user_comment.png T. Z. wrote: (7 years ago)

When was the last time you tried Chromium? It hasn't crashed on me for months now!

icons/user_comment.png A. J. wrote: (7 years ago)

Adding it is different from installing it by default...

icons/user_comment.png A. B. wrote: (7 years ago)

I agree, Chromium has great support and extensions and installed by default!!

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

While we're at it, we should include the Adwaita[1] or Oxygenlike[2] themes as chromium-gnome and chromium-kde packages, respectively.
[1] https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oojbknijfmdmidgcgchmojbildmbdamm

[2] https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hhdcpgghmjfomnkdeikoahadbejhfkmh#

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