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    How can I get proper Chromium back?

    19.10 seems to have a snap chromium rather than the proper one. I can go and make a cuppa while it's starting, and it's lost all my stored passwords.
    Is there any way to get the proper chromium browser back again?

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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    No, the move to a snap is permanent and will eventually extend to all supported releases.
    See: https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/call-...ansition/11179

    The password problem has been fixed in focal but not yet in eoan: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...r/+bug/1849160

    That bug report recommends running the following command
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    snap connect chromium:password-manager-service
    Does it work for you after restarting Chromium?
    Last edited by PaulW2U; October 25th, 2019 at 09:07 PM.

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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    Does it work for you after restarting Chromium?
    I tried it, and I think it may have done.
    Not that it matters - I'm going to start using Firefox instead.
    I'll take chromium-browser out of my ansible playbok.

    Thanks for the info and links - I wasn't aware of that going on.

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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    I noticed that you are using Xubuntu. Is snap-Chromium also the 'mandatory option' there or is it only for Ubuntu?
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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    Well, I guess that since I asked for "chromium-browser" to be installed and I ended up with the snap version, I assume that only the snap version is available. "apt search chromium browser" doesn't seem to offer a choice.

    On the plus side, Firefox feels faster than I remember and it feels like a bit of a homecoming.

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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    The deb package 'chromium-browser' is a transitional package in 19.04 which installs snapd, if not already installed, the chromium snap and any other snaps that Chromium needs in order to function. It should also copy settings over from the deb version but there are a number of outstanding bugs.

    The change affects all flavours of Ubuntu, starting with the eoan release, as there is only one 'chromium-browser' package.
    Last edited by PaulW2U; October 25th, 2019 at 10:40 PM. Reason: Reworded for clarity

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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    Thanks both for answers.
    Sounds like Firefox will soon gain popularity...
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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    How sad this is. Canonical learned nothing from the Unity disaster. We are here using Linux because we value our choice.

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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    Thanks both for answers.
    Sounds like Firefox will soon gain popularity...
    I just stopped using Firefox. It eats too much RAM and it's cache seems to grow to 1GB when I run Bleachbit every other day. I'm back to Chrome. I just have to get over the fact Facebook sees everything I do.
    Quote Originally Posted by cruzer001 View Post
    How sad this is. Canonical learned nothing from the Unity disaster. We are here using Linux because we value our choice.
    I was saddened when I went to VLC's site and saw they are now packaging as a snap.

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    Re: How can I get proper Chromium back?

    Perhaps there will be a flatpak with fewer constraints than the Ubuntu snaps, which break 50+ workflows by default?
    Or hopefully, someone will create a PPA with chromium builds from the git repo?
    We can hope.

    I have a few years to decide still, but if Canonical continues to force snaps, I'll be looking at alternative distros. Looks like Debian isn't forcing it. There's a warning about running a Franken-Ubuntu by using different distro packages.

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