A follow-up to that other thread…
Today, chromium updates are built and published for every supported Ubuntu release except trusty (currently xenial, artful, bionic, cosmic) shortly after they are made available upstream. That’s both time- and resource- consuming, and it’s also not trivial to keep it building on older Ubuntu releases.
This cycle, we are actively working on building the chromium snap from source (it is currently built from the debs) and bringing it on par with its deb counterpart, with the hope that we can stop pushing deb updates altogether, and make the snap the one and only officially supported way of always running an up-to-date chromium.
This is work in progress, but it can already be tested (amd64 only for now, but all supported architectures will be built eventually):
snap install chromium --channel=candidate/from-source
snap refresh chromium --channel=candidate/from-source
Chromium is a very complex piece of software with a very large user base, so we need a lot of testing and feedback before we can be confident that the snap can replace the deb. And this is where you can help!
If you’re not using the snap yet, please take some time to install it and use it for your daily browsing and web development activities, and report any issues you encounter, either in this thread or by filing a bug.
You can easily copy your existing chromium profile over to the snap by doing the following:
mkdir -p ~/snap/chromium/current/.config cp -R ~/.config/chromium ~/snap/chromium/current/.config/
Thanks in advance!