So this happened: Google cuts off other Chromium-based browsers from it's SYNC Service
chromium with disabled sync is on it’s way to stable repository: https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2021-48866282e5
I’m not sure that ‘disabling’ sync that early before EOL is the best option. Now users will be greeted with a message about missing API keys and some features being disabled:
Message and link popping up under toolbar does not explain what’s going on and what the user can do about it: API Keys - The Chromium Projects.
It would be great to replace it with a link to some quick-doc explaining what and why will happen in March (or what’s happening currently, if those keys stays removed) and what to do about it (that Firefox can import most data and sync it between multiple devices and platforms). Maybe in the meantime some alternative will arise, e.g. Firefox Sync adapted in Chromium or other synchronization engine, after all many distros will have this problem and probably some devs rely on that feature.
I’m using Chromium mostly to test websites’ compatibility, but I installed it for / recommended it to many non-technical users as a Chrome replacement. I’m pretty sure most users won’t know what hit them and, unless well informed, will end up installing Chrome.
What do you think?