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Linux Mint pre-loads Chromium and Brings New IPTV Player

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The Linux Mint team announces that they are now including Chromium in the Mint repo. And also a new IPTV Player in user demands.
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Linux Mint Announces New Hypnotix IPTV Player And Chromium Pack

  • Linux Mint Announces New Hypnotix IPTV Player And Chromium Package

    We’re now only one and a half months (mid-December) away from the release of the first point version 20.1 of the Linux Mint 20 series, which recently received the codename “Ulyssa.”

    Until you wait for Linux Mint 20.1 “Ulyssa,” its founder Clement Lefebvre has shared interesting updates on the latest monthly newsletter, which you can try right now.

Linux Mint introduces its own take on the Chromium web browser

  • Linux Mint introduces its own take on the Chromium web browser

    Linux Mint is a very popular Linux desktop distribution. I use the latest version, Mint 20, on my production desktops. That's partly because, while it's based on Debian Linux and Ubuntu, it takes its own path. The best example of that is Mint's excellent homebrew desktop interface, Cinnamon. Now, Mint's programmers, led by lead developer, Clement "Clem" Lefebvre, have built their own take on Google's open-source Chromium web browser.

Linux Mint pushes out its own Chromium build to help users

  • Linux Mint pushes out its own Chromium build to help users avoid Canonical's Snap Store

    The big deal here is that Canonical said in October 2019 that Chromium, the open-source browser which shares code with Google Chrome, would transition to be packaged solely as a snap, meaning a package designed for the Snap Store, managed by Canonical.

    The company said at the time that "maintaining a single release of Chromium is a significant time investment for the Ubuntu Desktop," especially as Google rolls out a new version every six weeks, with security releases in between.

    [...]

    Google does offer its Chrome browser as a .deb package, but Chrome is not open source, making Chromium a more attractive proposition for Linux users.

    The new Mint-built Chromium shows that the team is serious about enabling its users to manage without the Snap store, though as a user commented, the problem could recur with other packages. "Can I very politely bring up the other SNAP cornering? FWUPD requires SNAP," said a user, referring to an open-source tool for managing firmware updates.

    The notion of building applications into containerised packages is not going away. "The effort that is going into having application developers be able to target a single runtime or that works across distributions, I think is absolutely fantastic, and it's something that's been missing for many many years on Linux systems," said Gnome Foundation executive director Neil McGovern, speaking to The Register recently, though he expressed similar misgivings to those of Lefebvre, saying: "I do have a concern that the Snap Store is entirely gated by Canonical."

Linux Mint pushes out its own Chromium build to help users

  • Linux Mint pushes out its own Chromium build to help users avoid Canonical's Snap Store

    The big deal here is that Canonical said in October 2019 that Chromium, the open-source browser which shares code with Google Chrome, would transition to be packaged solely as a snap, meaning a package designed for the Snap Store, managed by Canonical.

    The company said at the time that "maintaining a single release of Chromium is a significant time investment for the Ubuntu Desktop," especially as Google rolls out a new version every six weeks, with security releases in between.

    [...]

    Google does offer its Chrome browser as a .deb package, but Chrome is not open source, making Chromium a more attractive proposition for Linux users.

    The new Mint-built Chromium shows that the team is serious about enabling its users to manage without the Snap store, though as a user commented, the problem could recur with other packages. "Can I very politely bring up the other SNAP cornering? FWUPD requires SNAP," said a user, referring to an open-source tool for managing firmware updates.

    The notion of building applications into containerised packages is not going away. "The effort that is going into having application developers be able to target a single runtime or that works across distributions, I think is absolutely fantastic, and it's something that's been missing for many many years on Linux systems," said Gnome Foundation executive director Neil McGovern, speaking to The Register recently, though he expressed similar misgivings to those of Lefebvre, saying: "I do have a concern that the Snap Store is entirely gated by Canonical."

Chromium Browser (Deb) Now Available to Install via Linux Mint

  • Chromium Browser (Deb) Now Available to Install via Linux Mint 20 Repository

    Prefer installing Chromium web browser via deb over the snap package? Linux Mint 20 now includes the browser (Chromium 86 so far) in its own repository for both Ubuntu based and LMDE editions.

    Since Ubuntu 20.04, chromium browser in the main repository is a dummy package. It’s redirected to the SNAP (containerized software package) when you trying to install it.

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  • Linux Mint developers foolishly waste resources on IPTV player called 'Hypnotix'

    Linux Mint is a great Ubuntu-based operating system, although there have been concerns about the project's financing and the morale of the developers. Over time, the small development team made some wise decisions, such as killing the KDE variant of the operating system. I think they should kill the Mate and Xfce versions and focus strictly on Cinnamon, but I digress.

    Sadly, the team seems ready to make another poor decision, foolishly wasting its limited resources on an IPTV player for some reason. Called "Hypnotix," no one was asking for such a thing from the Mint Team, and it isn't clear why they are bothering. While only a "prototype" (aka Alpha) application for now, the developers are considering making it a part of Linux Mint. But why?

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