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[openFATE 308480] Add Chromium browser to the distro
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  • Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 17:53:53 +0000 (GMT)
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Feature changed by: Pavol Rusnak (prusnak)
Feature #308480, revision 9
Title: Add Chromium browser to the distro

openSUSE-11.3: Unconfirmed
Requester: Important

Requested by: Frank Vanderham (twelveeighty)
Partner organization:

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?

Business case (Partner benefit): 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.

#1: Per Jessen (pjessen) (2009-12-06 18:48:23)
Google Chrome is not yet available for Linux. See e.g.

#7: Per Jessen (pjessen) (2009-12-08 18:17:28) (reply to #1)
Correction - a beta version is available here:
I have to agree, it does appear to be very fast.

+ #8: Pavol Rusnak (prusnak) (2009-12-08 18:54:22) (reply to #7)
+ 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 ...

#2: Frank Vanderham (twelveeighty) (2009-12-06 19:12:03)
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?

#3: Jakub Rusinek (liviopl) (2009-12-06 23:04:26)
There's Chromium in Contrib.
Don't replace Fireox with it yet, until it gets rock stable, usable and
gets so many extensions available.

#4: Ken Yap (ken_yap) (2009-12-06 23:41:13)
Yes please add Chromium (not Chrome, unless it has been released by
then) to 11.3 OSS so that it's easily available.

#5: Pavol Rusnak (prusnak) (2009-12-07 13:44:00)
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: Until these are solved by
Google I don't see us putting Chromium in Factory.

#6: Frank Vanderham (twelveeighty) (2009-12-08 06:36:49)
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.

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