Ubuntu developers are pondering the idea of making Chromium the default browser for the next major release of Ubuntu, v. 13.10 code named Saucy Salamander.
“In a discussion on the subject at the current Ubuntu Developer Summit developers expressed broad support for the change, saying that they are “leaning towards” supporting such a switch” reports OMG Ubuntu. “Switching to Chromium will also allow Unity Web Apps to appear in so-called ‘chromeless’ windows. At present the Firefox implementation of Unity Web Apps opens in a ‘new tab’ rather than a chromless window).” they added.
Chromium, Not Chrome
If the switch happens, Ubuntu will ship with Chromium and not Chrome. Chromium is the open source version of Chrome. It is mostly Chrome, minus some proprietary code added by Google. There are a few features that will be missing and will need some additional tweaking to get working.
And for Ubuntu, they do not ship with proprietary code bits. And that is why the Chromium, and not Chrome as default browser. Users however can install Chrome on their Ubuntu computer and get all the features they want, and the regular updates.
Anyways, things are still in the discussion stages. Stay tuned for more updates!