Replacing Firefox with Google Chrome

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Wed Jan 13 20:46:35 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 7:43 PM, Jim Campbell <jwcampbell at> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM, Kaspar Kööp <meborc at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Just to clarify... are we talking about google chrome, or chromium? As i
>> understand they are 2 different things.
>> Since LL will be a LTS release, maybe we shouldn't include beta software.
>> Best,
>> Kaspar
> It looks like the mobile team is considering Chromium, so we would go with
> what they choose.
> With regards to the beta status, keep in mind that Ubuntu included betas
> for Firefox 3.0 in the Hardy Heron release because they knew that it was
> advantageous to them, the betas were stable enough for initial use, and they
> knew that the 3.0 release would be well-supported well throughout the 8.04
> LTS life cycle.  Because the mobile team is going to include Chromium, we
> can know that it will receive updates throughout the 10.04 LTS life cycle,
> too.
I'm definitely not opposed to including Chromium per se, but I am when it
comes to Lucid. Though the support argument may be valid, I think it
requires more testing and doesn't have enough guarantees to work for an LTS
release. It doesn't just mean Chromium should work, it also means that other
applications should work with it. I can imagine there being applications
having opening in Firefox hardcoded due to it being the de facto standard. I
recall that switching browsers for me did cause some additional problems.
Not unovercomeable (that's not a word, is it?), but not worth doing in an
LTS release. It should just work. For any application people install.

Also, there are additional issues, such as UI consistency. I think it
definitely warrants a thorough evaluation that could be started already, but
should IMHO not be put into action in this cycle (if there even would be
time for that, which I doubt).

> Jim

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