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#1 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 02:37 PM


Well, it's come to this...

I've been using Chromium in Slackware64-14.1 for quite a few years, but last October/November a new version came out that just refuses to run on my system. It crashes about 15 seconds after startup with "segmentation fault" error.

I've spent quite a bit of time troubleshooting this. I run .txz SlackBuilds from Alien Bob's (+Eric Hameleers) repos. The last version that can run on my system is chromium-52.0.2743.82-x86_64-1alien.

I thought maybe that I would wait a few more versions since this problem started to try it again. Well, today I installed the newest version (54.x) and experienced the exact same issue that I had with 53.x back in Oct/Nov. I even ran it with a brand new, vanilla chromium profile. No joy.

So, starting today, I guess I'll be running Firefox as my primary browser. The ol' Chromium 52.x is getting too many warnings from websites regarding its age and security issues.

I have my FF set up to look and behave very similarly to my Chromium. One thing that I can say in favor of FF... the font rendering is AWESOME compared to that of Chromium. Narrow fonts in FF are sharp/dark, easily readable; not so much in Chromium.

Anyway, I'll miss Chromium, but it is what it is...


Edited by V.T. Eric Layton, 31 January 2017 - 02:39 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:09 PM

I use them  both interchangeably. My wife likes Firefox better so if I had to lose Chrome/Chromium it would be OK.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 07:47 PM

I also have better experience with Firefox than Chrome. I now only use Chrome for 2 local TV channel sites which use Flash, and it seems to get worse with each version. Currently 56.0.2924.76-1

ps. check out uBlock Origin for FF, best blocker I've tried.
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 05:19 AM

For me Chrome seems to run quicker than FF especially for videos. So I use it for watching vidoes and FF for everything else. :breakfast:
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