[SOLVED]Chromium is out-of-date

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[SOLVED]Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2018-04-17 17:35

Chromium is currently two versions behind Google Chrome, and CVEs are pilling up:
https://security-tracker.debian.org/tra ... um-browser

It would be wise to upgrade it to the latest version on Stable, Sid is updated already. Are there any problems for doing so?
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby HuangLao » 2018-04-17 18:33

Keep in mind that the Chromium you see on Chromium site is latest "release" version not the stable version which is only available from source, also as far I know the security is applied as patches. So Debian's version should be relatively ok, similar to Firefox-ESR.
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-04-17 18:34

firefox-esr is always kept up-to-date, use that instead.

EDIT: with this package as well:

https://packages.debian.org/stretch/xul ... l-branding

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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2018-04-17 18:38

Firefox-ESR is toot slow, that's why I'm using Chromium.
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby HuangLao » 2018-04-17 18:42

Wheelerof4te wrote:Firefox-ESR is toot slow, that's why I'm using Chromium.


You could always download the latest and run it from your /home/[user] ....
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby HuangLao » 2018-04-17 18:44

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
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You should (c) that, or (copy left it or whatever).
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2018-04-17 19:49

HuangLao wrote:You could always download the latest and run it from your /home/[user] ....


It took a bit of trial and error to create desktop entry (reason why I hesitated), but I got it working. Simple instructions from Debian wiki.
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby HuangLao » 2018-04-17 20:16

wheeler, just remember unless there is a "check for update" thingy under help or something then you have to be alert for those updates yourself. I used to do this years ago with IceCat.

PS: You could also do this with the new Firefox Quantum, it appears faster then Chrome/Chromium and not as much Google spying stuff.
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2018-04-17 20:37

^Ah, thx for noting that. It apears everything is fine, once I click on "about Firefox" it looks like it is auto-checking for version then says "Firefox is up to date". I just extracted it to my /home and made the desktop entry.

Yes, it's the latest Quantum stable version, 59.0.2.
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby None1975 » 2018-04-18 13:25

Wheelerof4te wrote:Yes, it's the latest Quantum stable version, 59.0.2.

Not as good as it looks. Quantum crashes twice. Also, it is memory hog. Uses much more memory than Firefox esr. I have never had such problems with Firefox-esr.
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Re: Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Bulkley » 2018-04-18 14:04

None1975 wrote:Quantum crashes twice. Also, it is memory hog. Uses much more memory than Firefox esr. I have never had such problems with Firefox-esr.


There's nothing wrong with Firefox-esr. However you might try Waterfox or Pale Moon. They both can be set to run in user space.

If you are having trouble with Quantum I'm wondering if something else is going on. Try turning off all your extensions.
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Re: [SOLVED]Chromium is out-of-date

Postby stevepusser » 2018-04-18 16:12

I would recommend you also give Slimjet a try. If you have 64-bit, the Qupzilla browser AppImage is also quite light and very fast. I don't know if they have a universal package version of its successor, Falkon, ready yet.
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Re: [SOLVED]Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Bulkley » 2018-04-18 17:36

stevepusser wrote:I would recommend you also give Slimjet a try.


Thanks for the tip. I'm trying it now as I type this, as always, in user space. So far it looks good. It has a bunch of ad links which I'll have to purge.
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Re: [SOLVED]Chromium is out-of-date

Postby Bulkley » 2018-04-18 18:02

Slimjet is fast and easy to look at but . . . when I tried about:config it changed to slimjet:config and told me that their site was down. Is this Texas based browser running a scam?
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Re: [SOLVED]Chromium is out-of-date

Postby stevepusser » 2018-04-18 19:34

Hmmm...I just updated to their latest version today, too. There have been users on the MX forums for quite a while now, and we've all been fairly happy with it, though you do need to read their FAQ on how to install restricted ffmpeg codecs for stuff like h.264 HTML5 playback, since they aren't going to pay MPEG-LA's extortionate licensing fees. It's not a scam as far as I can tell. Some other distros, such as PCLinuxOS, bundle it into their repos, too. I would say the error you get is more of a bug or oversight.
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