Ubuntu Is NOT replacing Firefox with Google Chrome. Its Chromium!
By on May 17th, 2010

Word have been spreading around that Ubuntu is replacing Firefox with Google Chrome for Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This “news” seem to have started out with a post at ubergizmo, which TechCrunch picked up and then posted (refering to Ubuntu Netbook Edition with the no-longer-in-use name Ubuntu Netbook Remix). With Neowin too joining in with a post today, it is spreading like wildfire.

However the truth is that it is not Google Chrome which may replace Firefox; it is Chromium. (We wrote about it four days ago.)While Google has released most of the Chrome code to the Chromium Project, Chrome still has some closed-source codes and come packaged with proprietary software (Flash). Anyone with even a slight understanding of the Ubuntu Philosophy (and Licensing) would understand that Ubuntu can never have Google Chrome as a default application.

Two days ago, when this misinformation has just started spreading, Ubuntu Developer Jorge Castro wrote a blog post clarifying that it is not Chrome but Chromium that they are considering as a replacement for Firefox in UNE 10.10. Unfortunately his message did not go through. This is what he wrote:

I’d like to clarify some things about our session on default applications and Chromium.

  • Chrome and Chromium are not the same thing. Chrome is a non-free build of the Chromium project.
  • It is impossible for us to ship Google Chrome as a default web browser without compromising  our beliefs. You can read more about our licensing and how that relates  here.

I hope that clears things up, you’ll be hearing more updates in the usual development channels from the Desktop team as the cycle progresses.

Hopefully, this post in clears things up. :)

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  • Akshat

    At Last.Someone gets it right

  • http://www.netage.co.za Net Age | Web Design

    I didn't realise that Chrome wasn't fully open source but knowing Google I shouldn't be surprised, should I? What are the differences between Chromium and Chrome then?

  • Indian Art

    I use Google Chrome 6.0.401.1 dev. It is very good. So I'm guessing Chromium must also be pretty good too.

    Firefox is great too. Either way Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat should have a great browser.

  • lampamp

    "Anyone with even a slight understanding of the Ubuntu Philosophy (and Licensing) would understand that Ubuntu can never have Google Chrome as a default application."

    The problem is that ubuntu isn't so strict about that.

    Nvidia installed, selling mp3 … isn't that violation?

 
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