Default Browser Follow-up

Jeremy Bicha jbicha at
Sun Jun 23 23:07:40 UTC 2013

On 14 June 2013 15:06, Jason Warner <jason.warner at> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM, Benjamin Kerensa <bkerensa at>
> wrote:
>> On Quality: Chromium just as of last year was totally unmaintained Ubuntu
>> (
>> this does
>> not seem like quality or stability in my opinion.
> Indeed, there was a time between the community maintainer of Chromium
> leaving and us finding another maintainer that it went relatively
> unmaintained (we still did a best effort to keep it updated, though it
> wasn't any one person's focus). Now we have Chad Miller maintaining Chromium
> fulltime.

I'm not sure that Benjamin's point was answered here. The current
version of Chrome/Chromium on Linux is 28 released 6 days ago, 27 was
released a full month ago, 26 was released nearly 3 months ago, but
the version available for Ubuntu is still at version 25. It's widely
known that new Chrome/Chromium release are also security updates.

Also, what's currently blocking re-establishing Chromium daily or beta
PPAs which should help identify issues sooner (such as the webapps
feature not working with Chromium 26)?

I know we're all thinking about the next Ubuntu LTS but it seems clear
to me that Chromium still does not have a track record yet of being
maintained well enough to replace Firefox as the default desktop
browser yet (except perhaps on arm).


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