Ubuntu will soon offer the Chromium browser as a snapshot package instead of the regular deb package. This applies not only to the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine, but also to already released Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) and LTS versions, such as Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver).
First, the Chromium deb package in Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) has been updated to install stable snapshots when upgrading or new installations. Once the transition is fully tested, “it will start with disco, then LTS, and be rolled out into stable releases.”
After that, Chromium will no longer be available as a deb package for Ubuntu users, and installing the snap package is the only option.
Ubuntu developer Olivier Tilloy mentioned that the transition from deb to snap is uncontested because it is “a resolute plan that will ultimately save a lot of engineering by eliminating the need to build new versions of chromium on all versions, manufacturers And maintenance resources for supported Ubuntu versions “.
Some users have expressed concerns about some issues with the Chromium snap package, such as the file picker opening in the wrong place, or applications not using the system theme when using the snap package. I want to see the current status of these issues in Ubuntu 19.04 (which I am currently using), as well as:
- With a stable Chromium snapshot, the file picker opens in my correct place. So if someone has questions about this in other Ubuntu versions, it is most likely fixed
- I used the correct (Yaru) theme on my system using the stable Chromium snap. File picker has incorrect theme However, the button has a problem and uses the wrong icon theme
Regarding the Chromium snap package theme, I should mention that although it does support the Yaru theme (and the problem with the file chooser dialog is most likely fixed), if you use certain themes (Yaru and some other themes are also OK), This is not the case. -Eg Ambiance or Ark) third party Gtk theme. In this case, the Adwaita Gtk theme will be used. If you are running Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine and want to help test Chromium’s transition from deb to snap, please visit Ubuntu Community Center Or Snapcraft Forum.