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Ubuntu May Replace Firefox with Chromium

Ubuntu May Replace Firefox with Chromium

Added: Friday, June 7th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
It seems that the long cooperation between Linux users and Firefox is over, because the developers of Ubuntu are now talking about dropping the browser and switching to Chromium. Of course, the Linux users will still be able to run Firefox, but it won’t be the default browser. The reason for switching to Chromium is that the Ubuntu Touch stack is being powered mainly by Chromium/WebKit and they now have a vested interest in its success.


Apparently, it wasn’t a random choice. Some felt that information migration from Firefox is not that obvious, extensions cannot migrate between browsers, and the main important thing is that Chromium is not supported on all architectures. The experts pointed out that Chromium doesn’t work with the Orca screen reader and doesn't integrate well for accessibility reasons. Moreover, the browser has no native PDF plug-in, and Chromium is claimed to have worse performance under memory pressure. Finally, the experts also expressed concerns about differences with WebApps in Chromium.

However, Chromium at the moment provides a better user experience for the desktop and actually surpasses Firefox in its features and performance. Therefore, it isn’t a unilateral change. Currently, Ubuntu developers are going to have a discussion on an Ubuntu mailing list to solicit a more broad range of feedback on switching between the browsers.

As far as Firefox is concerned, it can be considered just another sign that it’s slowly falling from grace with the IT community. Increasingly, various message boards became filled with numerous complaints that Firefox has evolved into a so-called “bloated resource chewing monster”. Originally, its existence was to provide a better alternative to Internet Explorer, but it grew into a “memory hogging CPU killer”, hijacking the entire PC resources and “crawling along at the slowest pace” if you use more than 4-5 tabs. In addition, Firefox also doesn’t want to give back memory even after it’s shut down.

June 7th,2013

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Date:  Friday, June 7th, 2013

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site Friend (2013-06-07 16:10:26)
magiccrack avatarI use Chromium now and again, very good browser, light nice and fast - still prefer firefox,

cheers maha! very nice article, ET place to beeee!!

posted by (2013-06-07 16:26:31)
cqx avatarwell, ubuntu now makes money from selling amazon users private data according to their search.
looks like ubuntu found another good business partner...
...hmm who will be next?

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-06-07 18:41:57)
fusseltier avatari would never use chrome, and chromium is where google gets its base for chrome...
until chromium is as stable and better than firefox, then its no choice, firefox is still the best thing until it gets too bloated like netscape eventually did... maybe the firefox developers will wake up before its too late.

posted by (2013-06-07 22:09:39)
No avatarI hope so fusseltier, I had to remove firefox after years and years of use, until they can get a stable version of firefox for 64bit can't use it, it became a nightmare when I bought my new computer, now I have to use chrome. By the way firefox has chrome in it too.

posted by Girl (2013-06-08 00:08:45)
Xack avatar@josefene
i use 64bit variant of firefox and it's good. it's called waterfox. the latest stable version is 18.0.1. go ahead and give it a try. I been using this browser for quite a long time, it doesn't update frequently like firefox does, because it's not plague by too many bugs.

posted by (2013-06-08 04:23:57)
MysticTheSheperd avatarI used to run firefox till lately when it would just run slow I never cared for chrome but been running torch browser which i really love so far its fast has bult in video downloader and bult in torrent program it is like a variant of chrome but much better

posted by ET lovermen (2013-06-09 09:17:48)
brods73 avatar@3 you mention Netscape the first browser to get killed by Microsoft's IE..Netscape sold the company to AOL but released the source code for the browser just before,became the Mozilla Organization, and released Firefox(a bit of history for you)

posted by ET lover (2013-06-09 11:53:01)
firefoxsniper avatarUbuntu May Replace Firefox with Chromium,
and Bill Gates left eye and right nut.

posted by Superman (2013-06-10 04:57:39)
paavan2064 avatar[email protected]

Firefox, though not as light as chrome has an incredibly flexible set of addons...Chrome's addons could not reach that level of flexibility the ffx addons offer...atleast till google changes its T&C

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