We already knew that Canonical was planning to overhaul the user interface for the next version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix — the version of Ubuntu Linux optimized for laptops with small screens and low power processors. But now it looks like Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 could also come with some new default applications.

The most noticeable change under consideration is swapping out the Firefox web browser for Chromium, the open source version of Google Chrome.

Firefox has been the default web browse for Ubuntu for ages. In fact, it’s the default browser for a huge number of Linux-based operating systems. But Chrome is a good choice for netbooks because it has a minimal design that takes up less screen space with toolbars and menus than other browsers. It’s also pretty darn fast.

The change hasn’t been finalized yet. Canonical will release a few test versions of Ubuntu Netbook Remix with Chromium before making a decision as to which browser will ship when the operating system is released in October.

via Ubuntu HQ

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14 replies on “Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 could replace Firefox with Google Chrome”

  1. Just a note: Ubuntu HQ is just an aggregator displaying a small exceprt of a post from WebUpd8 (including the screenshot). You can see the link to the full article at the bottom of the UbuntuHQ post 🙂

  2. Due to the slick look of the Chrome browser it is definitely a good candidate.

    Not just us but many would like to get as much room as possible on their netbook.

  3. I use SRWare Iron (which is Google Chrome without the privacy-controversial bits) on UNE 10.04, and it mainly works pretty nicely. Chrome/ium or a variant would definitely be a good choice from experience.

  4. They could have Chromium as the default installed browser maybe?

    In fact, the Lubuntu distro, and the Lubuntu Netbook edition that is very fast… uses Chromium as it’s default installed browser.


    One advantage of Lubuntu… other than it being so fast using LXDE, is that there seems to be NO MONO being used at all (so no Microsoft .NET patent conflicts like Ubuntu has).

    However, Ubuntu , and Ubuntu Netbook version – still needs to support FireFox… of course.

  5. Third paragraph: “But Ubuntu is a good choice for netbooks”

    I think you meant “But Chrome is a good choice for netbooks”.

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