[arch-general] On arch-dev-public: Chromium losing Sync support on March 15

mar77i at protonmail.ch mar77i at protonmail.ch
Wed Jan 20 00:50:49 UTC 2021

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On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:22 AM, u34--- via arch-general <arch-general at lists.archlinux.org> wrote:

> There is a heads-up discussion at https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-dev-public/2021-January/030260.html .
> 1.  Is it worth asking help from some free software org, since the problem
>     is shared by other distributions? Perhaps google will agree to work
>     with that org, as a representative of the distributions. Or,that a single
>     distribtion will represent the other?
> 2.  I hardly use chromium. Yet, few gov sites here mandate using it. At
>     rare circumstancess, I have to deal with these gov sites. In short, I
>     hardly knows, and don't care, about its Sync feature.
>     2.1 Can the package built, and run, without whatever is required for
>     the Sync feature?
>     2.2 In case you will stop maintaining it and no one adopts it, can you
>     upload it to the AUR, and disown it?
>     --
>     u34

Not 100%, but reading the arch-dev-public mail, I kind of struggle to believe Evangelos was completely serious. He might have been fishing for people to whom this might be a deal-breaker. Last time I checked, we still largely do the vanilla upstream packages thing. If Chromium becomes more of the same "safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web", Arch should IMO provide that, too. I even think Chromium's target audience largely welcomes the change. To frame it properly: The Chromium project found a way to expose less user data to Google. Good riddance, Sync.


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