Google cuts off other Chromium-based browsers from it's SYNC Service

From the: It was just a matter of time department…

Basically, if you’re not using Chrome, Google doesn’t want to be providing the infrastructure to store your data on their servers - which to be fair, is understandable. They want you to use Chrome, for obvious reasons. Chrom-a-clones such as Brave, Edge, Opera, Vivaldi, etc. will most likely be just fine - they will just use their own infrastructure. Distribution specific Chromium… that’s another matter.

Personally, I believe this is a wake-up call for just how important a healthy Firefox is to the internet and open source in general.

Here is the ZDNet Article and here is the thread from the Fedora Packager.

How does this affect you?
  • Bad news, I use Fedora Chromium
  • No big deal, I’ll use a Chrom-a-clone
  • I’ll just use Chrome
  • Are you kidding, I use Firefox

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I voted that I use Firefox, but it’s still bad news. We need more serious open source browser competition that goes beyond the Linux desktop, and Firefox has fallen to niche popularity.

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Agreed, the usage share of Firefox has fallen dramatically. I’m not sure that a market flooded with chrom-a-clones is what I would call browser competition, especially when blink is controlled by Google - but here we are.

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