Discussions Have Started Again About The Default Browser For Ubuntu
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 13 October 2015 at 08:39 AM EDT. 22 Comments
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With an Ubuntu Long Term Support release coming up in just a half-year, the discussion has been re-ignited again about whether Firefox should remain the default web-browser for the platform.

Firefox continues to be the default browser -- including for Ubuntu 15.10 -- but Bryan Quigley has restarted the discussion given that an LTS cycle is about to start. Complicating things this time around is Mozilla's plans at the end of 2016 to drop NPAPI plug-in support and then a few months later to stop maintaining the Flash NPAPI plug-in, which would mean breakage for LTS users or unmaintained support.

There's this mailing list thread about the concerns while the Firefox / default web-browser discussion will likely to be continued at the upcoming Ubuntu Online Summit. While Ubuntu developers have been working on their own web-browser as part of their mobile/convergence work, that still doesn't seem up to scratch for day-to-day use, so would likely leave Chrome/Chromium as the main alternative to consider as the default for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
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