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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 18:54

Chromium Likely to Replace Firefox As Default Browser in Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 is hoping to ship with Chromium as the default web-browser in place of Mozilla Firefox.


In a discussion on the subject at the current Ubuntu Developer Summit developers expressed broad support for the change, saying that they are “leaning towards” supporting such a switch.

Ubuntu ‘s Desktop Manager, Jason Warner, who says the switch ‘feels like the right decision for the general user’, shared the main rationale behind it:
  • Google Chrome has ‘leapfrogged’ Firefox in usage
  • There is ‘clear demand’ for it from users; supplying Chromium would meet expectations
  • Switching to webkit-based browser offers consistency across convergent platforms
  • Warner stressed that updated versions of Firefox will remain readily available to install from the Ubuntu Software Center.
‘Concerns Addressed’

The session also saw developers tackle concerns and complaints that have prevented Chromium becoming the default browser in the past. Security, PC support, user-preferences, and methods of delivering updated packages were all touched upon.

One commonly raised ‘issue’ is that of extensions, or rather lack thereof, available the open-source browser in comparison to Firefox. Chad Miller, maintainer of Chromium in Ubuntu, explained that the Chrome Webstore offers a massive choice already, adding that “if it’s recent code, it’s almost certain someone has built it for Chrome.”

Switching to Chromium will also allow Unity Web Apps to take advantage of a proper ‘Chromeless’ state rather than the Firefox insistence on them opening in a new tab.

Sadly for those using PowerPC versions of Ubuntu Chromium’s V8 rendering engine is not available, meaning Firefox would have to ship in its place.

A final decision on whether to default to Chromium will be taken following further consultation with the Ubuntu community in the coming weeks.

Key Points:
  • Developers debating switch to Chromium
  • Chormium ‘more popular’ than Firefox, as well as more performant
  • Switch would create ‘consistency’ between Ubuntu Touch & Ubuntu desktop as both use Webkit
  • Unity Web Apps will be able to use Chromium ‘Chromeless’ mode
  • Stable releases of Chromium will be released as they’re available, much like Firefox
  • Firefox will remain updated and available to install from Software Center
  • Final decision to be taken after feedback with community
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 18:56

About time!

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 18:56

I would love to see Chromium as the default browser in Ubuntu!

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:43

I'm not sure I agree with this. I love Chromium, but Firefox seems a better fit for Ubuntu to me.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:08

Agreed with the OP, it's been a long time coming IMO.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:28

While it doesn't really surprise me, I'm not sure I like how some of the rationale is "But it's WebKit!"

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:26

I'd like to see Internet Explorer offered as an option for default browser.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:01

Although I prefer Firefox over Chromium, I see no particular disadvantage to Canonical making Chromium the default browser in Ubuntu as long as they continue updating Firefox like they are currently. In fact, it might even be a net benefit if it encourages Canonical to keep on top of Chromium releases as well as they already do for Firefox. This move will effectively change almost nothing. The people who prefer Firefox will still use Firefox and the people who prefer Chrome will still use Chromium (or Chrome).

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:53

Hey xorange, Is iceweasel the open source Debian version of Firefox, as Chromium is the open source of Chrome?

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:57

Hey xorange, Is iceweasel the open source Debian version of Firefox, as Chromium is the open source of Chrome?

Iceweasel is the Debian version of Firefox with different branding. It exists purely because the Firefox branding isn't compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG). Functionally Iceweasel and Firefox are identical.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 13:00

Iceweasel is the Debian version of Firefox with different branding. It exists purely because the Firefox branding isn't compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG). Functionally Iceweasel and Firefox are identical.


I thought they were two different things, no?

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 13:01

I thought Chromium uses Blink now (not WebKit)?

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 13:03

I thought they were two different things, no?

No. The branding is the only difference - see also https://en.wikipedia..._Debian_project

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 13:06

Chromium is the kinda 'beta' version of the next version of chrome afaik.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 13:07

I thought Chromium uses Blink now (not WebKit)?


Not yet, though it will in the future - version 28 and above will be based on Blink. Even so, there won't be any meaningful difference for the foreseeable future.