I have given the snap based Chromium a run for about a week now. Until now I have the following issues/annoyances:
- Terribly slow first startup of Chromium after logging in
- File save/open dialogs do not use the proper theming
- Funky home directory in the same dialogs
- All my saved login-credentials are gone so I have had to go through a number of tedious password reset sessions
- Parts of recent state keeps getting lost between browser restarts. Sometimes it is simply browser history but I also lost recently created bookmarks on at least two occasions
- 9 processes called Chrome when I open 1 Chromium window
- a load of file system mounts when Chromium is running
- Gnome shell extensions plugin no longer works because it does not detect chrome-gnome-shell
Additionally Chromium updates are no longer under my control (via apt, aptitude or Software updates) but I have to use/endure an additional update mechanism that cripples my browser if updates happen to occur “under my feet”.
I know many of these issues have been reported here already but they mostly got the reaction that they are “features” of snap so we just have to live with it. Some of them may be resolved or reduced by generic snap improvements but that is very uncertain.
I want my primary browser I work with all day (I am a web application developer) to be properly integrated with my local machine. My desktop computer is not a telephone.
My initial concerns where all confirmed and a number of additional issues I did not think of upfront made matters worse. Unless some additional reliable source for a deb/src based Chromium comes around I will indeed stop using Ubuntu, with great regret.
I am looking at Debian testing/unstable at the moment. Still considering Arch although I concluded Manjaro is not for me. Any pointers are still very much appreciated.