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[openFATE 308480] Add Chromium browser to the distro
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  • Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 16:13:55 +0100 (CET)
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Feature changed by: Thomas Schmidt (digitaltomm)
Feature #308480, revision 21
Title: Add Chromium browser to the distro

- openSUSE-11.3: Rejected by Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
- reject date: 2010-11-04 14:47:09
- reject reason: not done.
+ openSUSE Distribution: New
- Requester: Important
+ Requester: Desirable

- openSUSE-11.4: New
- Priority
- Requester: Mandatory

Package Wishlist: Done
Requester: Mandatory

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 ...

#9: Dominik Grafenhofer (dgrafenhofer) (2010-02-19 08:26:40) (reply to
I think that video support (h.264 at least) is missing from Chromium -
one of _the_ killer features of Google Chrome.

#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.

#10: H. Hansen (cyberbeat) (2010-03-07 23:34:26)
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). 

#11: Vojtech Zeisek (vojtaeus) (2010-08-13 11:56:20)
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,

#12: Tom Zöhner (zoehneto) (2010-08-13 17:49:03) (reply to #11)
When was the last time you tried Chromium? It hasn't crashed on me for
months now!

#13: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger) (2010-11-04 14:46:59) (reply to #11)
Adding it is different from installing it by default...

#14: Alex Bars (alexdbars) (2010-12-01 08:31:04) (reply to #11)
I agree, Chromium has great support and extensions and installed by

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