[Fedora-packaging] Is it time to allow Chromium in Fedora?

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 18:27:14 UTC 2015

On 12 August 2015 at 09:54, Gerald B. Cox <gbcox at bzb.us> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 8:14 AM, Matthew Miller <mattdm at fedoraproject.org>
> wrote:
>> It's important to note that "popularity" is not the sole reason for
>> exceptions for Firefox. Overall, everyone should review the existing
>> discussion in the guidelines about bundling exceptions and consider how
>> this might fit in (possibly including revisions if they make sense):
>> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:No_Bundled_Libraries#Some_reasons_you_might_be_granted_an_exception
> Matt,
> My intent on this thread was simply to bring this topic to the forefront and
> generate some discussion.  It was not to
> challenge the guidelines.  The first discussions regarding this I found were
> in 2009, and quite a few things have changed
> since then.  In 2009 one could not argue that Chromium was "To Big To Fail"
> - I'm not too sure about that now; especially
> in light of the recent Konqueror discussion which highlighted the fact that
> Fedora is highly dependent on Firefox.
> Firefox ends up being the default choice because it is the ONLY choice.
> That is becoming an untenable situation.

I think you and many others are asking the wrong questions or have and
ignored the answers. Why are not other browsers available? is not the
question but why are people not working on other browsers? Who are the
people who are working on getting Chromium packaged? Who are the
people inside of Fedora who are willing and able to work on the
package to deal with various bugs? [And if your answer is Tom
Calloway.. you have not asked him what his opinion on that is..
because the answer would not be "Tom Calloway"]

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Stephen J Smoogen.

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