Earlier this month, Google announced that “after careful investigation and consideration, it will restrict third-party browsers from calling Google’s private data synchronization API on March 15.” In other words, after the deadline, third-party Chromium browser users will be forced to switch to the Google camp. Interestingly, before Google closed the door to Linux distributions, the Fedora maintenance team had already responded first-if users do not want to be controlled by this, it is better to use the more open Mozilla Firefox browser.
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Last weekend, Tom Callaway, the maintainer of the Chromium release on Fedora, sent a notice to users, claiming that Google’s policy change will greatly affect the experience of Chromium.
“What I want to say is that apart from forcing users to switch to Google Chrome, the company has no other reason to do so. If you are considering continuing to get a complete “Google Eco Experience”, then you can consider using the company’s dedicated browser. But if you don’t want to be restrained by this, please understand that there is also an option for Mozilla Firefox in Fedora’s free and open-source software library“.
Tom Callaway added that he had considered giving up his status as the maintainer of the Fedora version of Chromium, but has not yet made such a decision to prevent others from repeating the same mistakes.
“It should be pointed out that as early as 2013, Google has provided Chromium developers with a private data synchronization API. Once we can get a functional experience almost equivalent to Google Chrome, but now, the company is gradually moving away from their original intentions. And doing so will not eliminate the security hole, it just forces everyone to switch to the Google Chrome browser.“
In response, Fedora will take the lead in disabling the Chromium private API on the release to block 26 security vulnerabilities related to it. In the software repository update, this weekend, 88.0.4324.96-1 will be the first version to disable the Google data synchronization feature.
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