Chrome may become Ubuntu's browser

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth says there is "a real possibility" that Chrome will replace Firefox as the bundled browser in future distributions of the Linux operating system.

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There is "a real possibility" that Firefox may be swapped out in favor of Chrome in future distributions of Ubuntu, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has said.

Canonical considered using Chrome as the bundled browser in the last development round, but decided to stay with Firefox for 11.10. "That probably keeps us on Firefox for another year, at least, and we'll see from there," Shuttleworth said in a report on Network World today.

Firefox is the longstanding browser for Ubuntu, while Chrome is Google's browser that has been developed in tandem with the company's web-based operating system, Chrome OS. Chrome is seen as being the fastest browser for the Linux operating system.

Ubuntu has gone through a major change with its most recent 11.04 distribution, as consumers saw the Gnome desktop replaced with the Unity desktop.

This story originally appeared on ZDNet UK under the headline "Shuttleworth: Chrome may become Ubuntu's browser/."

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