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Making the case for a true, stable Chromium browser in the PortableApps.com format

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Making the case for a true, stable Chromium browser in the PortableApps.com format

If I'm not mistaken the argument for not making Chromium portable was that it only has unstable, nightly builds. Well, is that was the only case against making Chromium an official PortableApps release, I'm happy to report it is simply not a valid case.

Check this out: https://chromium.woolyss.com/

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2. Stable Chromium version
Officially, Chromium does not have a stable release. The official developers (aka The Chromium Authors) do not release it to end users. So it is continually in development. Google Chrome is the stable release... but is not open-source.

In fact, Chromium has a stable version. ^^
Example: The current stable version on #linux is 63.0.3239.132. In this version, there are 132 patches which correct many issues (bugs, feature requests, enhancements...). Because Chromium is open-source (#source-code), anybody can compile it. You must be a developer to do this. Just get the current stable version (63.0.3239.132) from the official Git repository and compile it!

All stable versions of Chromium on #windows, #mac, #linux, #bsd... are always made by third-party developers.

The Chromium stable version is compiled by:
Google developers → Google Chrome and Chrome OS
Opera developers → Opera browser
Yandex developers → Yandex Browser
Nik developer → Chromium, on #windows
FreeSMUG and Marmaduke developers → Chromium, on #mac
Some developers → Chromium, on each #linux and #bsd distribution
Some developers → Chromium-based browsers
Some developers → other projects like CEF, Electron, Atom...

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Alternatively, there has been this other project to package Chromium in the PortableApps format, now it's being dormant: http://crportable.sourceforge.net/
So you could literally just pick it up where its maintainer left it. Your thought? Thanks for considering!

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How about this one?

Please add "+1" If you'd like to see it! Smile

This is my preferred browser and sadly, no PortableApps version. Am I an oddball using Chromium instead of Chrome, Opera, or Iron? I don't think so. Chromium (stable) is an easy offer for all major Linux distributions.

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why to bother?

I am just so surprised that so many people bother abt all those chromium browsers to be portable when it is well known that none of them will ever be really portable.
So why not to just take the one existing already?

Otto Sykora
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Well. Is is not well known by

Well. Is is not well known by me.

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+1

+1 for sure.
I'd be happy to have it.

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No stable binaries

As you've indicated, there are no official stable releases of Chromium. There are binaries based on the source code, but official releases.

As such, we won't be releasing Chromium Portable either, as that would mean either releasing another Chromium-based browser (of which we currently have 3), which would need to have some discernible benefit as one of the criteria to allow a release, or build it from source ourselves, which we don't plan to do.

The previous build of Chromium Portable was self-built by a previous developer here who is no longer active.

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No stable binaries

No stable binaries
As you've indicated, there are no official stable releases of Chromium. There are binaries based on the source code, but official releases.

How official do you want the stable Chromium release to be?

Let me quote from https://chromium.woolyss.com/ (you have to scroll down for the exact text). As of today it says:

In fact, Chromium has a stable version^^
Example: The current stable version on #linux is 80.0.3987.116. In this version, there are 116 patches which correct many issues (bugs, feature requests, enhancements...). Because Chromium is open-source (#source-code), anybody can compile it. You must be a developer to do this. Just get the current stable version (80.0.3987.116) from the official Git repository and compile it!

All stable versions of Chromium on #windows, #mac, #linux... are always made by third-party developers.

The stable version of Chromium is compiled by:
Google developers → Google Chrome
Opera developers → Opera
Yandex developers → Yandex browser
Vivaldi developers → Vivaldi
Microsoft developers → Microsoft Edge
Hibbiki, Marmaduke and FreeSMUG developers → Chromium, on #windows and #mac
Some developers → Chromium, on each #linux and #bsd distribution
Some developers → Chromium-based browsers
Some developers → other projects like CEF, Electron, QtWebEngine, Chromely, NW.js, Beaker, JxBrowser ...

Stable Chromium is widely available on the popular Linux distributions as well - which I assume have quite a similar target user base to that of PortableApps. Thanks if you can make Chromium possible as an official PortableApp!

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Unfortunately there is still

Unfortunately there is still no benefit to us releasing yet another Chromium-based browser - Chromium has no extra features above and beyond what we already make available to justify the additional time it will require to keep it up to date.

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