Not everyone is of the same opinion when it comes to web browsers at the Ubuntu camp. While we saw Canonical seriously considering replacing Firefox with Chromium in Ubuntu’s next release (13.10), Saucy Salamander, Lubuntu’s lead developer Julien Lavergne came up with an announcement that Lubuntu’s next would have Firefox by default, replacing Chromium. See the irony?
In an email written to the Lubuntu-users mailing list, Julien said (and we quote):
I was going to prepare a long thread with advantages / disadvantages
between Firefox and Chromium, but let’s make it a bit short
If I am lazy, the logical choose is to keep Chromium, because Ubuntu
(Canonical) already decided to switch to it. So, much of the work from
Ubuntu will go to Chromium instead of Firefox. However, many arguments
is are favour of Firefox in our case :
- Good behaviour on old hardware
- PowerPC support
- Customization support
- No “It’s dead Jim” bug
- Quick update of new upstream versions
I still think that the difference between the 2 are not so big, and I
would like to make easy to switch from one to another, so everyone
will be happy.
This is in contrast with what developers, like Jason Warner, at Canonical feel about choice of browsers. Jason insists on user experience and quality/stability as the major deciding factors. In his own words:
What is important, and ultimately should be the deciding factor, is the
common end user experience. Which browser, in the common case, will be the
best for the general end user? Things I consider relevant to this
discussion are quality/stability/robustness, familiarity, ease of use, and
overall user experience.
Other noticeable changes coming up in Lubuntu 13.10 are LightDM for lock screen and the inclusion of zRam (kernel module to enhance memory performance).