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No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

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Not 100% this is true but the problem apparently is that rhel6 uses an
old version of gtk2.

If this is true, then it affects my school and my students. I like
google-chrome and it works very well with google services. I was
planning on using C6 for a long time. Does anyone know of a repo that
intends to keep Chromium working for C6?

Comments

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By nux at 02/12/2013 - 13:48

On 12.02.2013 01:14, Robert Arkiletian wrote:
When you make this kind of plans it's always good to reply on as few
3rd party as you can, especially for core components such as the
browser.
I tried building Chromium in the past for EL6 and I gave up as it was
too difficult for me. Of course someone else might succeed in doing so,
but even in that case, for how long can he/she keep up with backporting
updates and so on?

If you plan long term stuff go with the RH provided browser. I'd look
into switching back to Firefox.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By =?ISO-8859-15?Q... at 02/12/2013 - 14:20

It would not be 'backporting' if you'd set up a build environment that uses
a newer GCC and GTK2 library, and statically link against the newer GTK2.
That's a bit of a pain for release engineering, but it's not rocket
science. RHEL6/C6 (and Ubuntu 10.04) desktops are probably a tiny fraction
of Google's user base, so they just may not want to expend the effort.

Alternatively, one could do something tricky like make a special build of
newer GTK2 libraries built with the newer GCC, and make Chrome load them in
stead of the regular ones.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Johnny Hughes at 02/12/2013 - 18:36

On 02/12/2013 12:20 PM, Gé Weijers wrote:
Well, there are hobby users and there are real users. Google SHOULD
understand the difference.

Most businesses and large user deployments of a Linux desktop would be
using things like CentOS, RHEL, SLES, Ubuntu LTS and not the bleeding
edge distros with all the new versions of GTK.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that there are a large number of people
using the 6 month distros too ... BUT ... most enterprises I know of
that use Linux on the desktop are not among them.

Mozilla did figure that out and release their ESR version for these
people because they understand that they do make up a significant
portion of the people who actually get work done on Linux. Hopefully RH
will be able to convince them to continue to provide some kind of support.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Fernando Cassia at 06/23/2013 - 23:23

Welcome to the brave new World where Google is the new Microsoft.

Do you think if they cared about user feedback they would have left the
"New GMail"
redesign in place after the tons of negative feedback?.

<a href="http://news.techeye.net/software/google-to-angry-gmail-users-we-know-better" title="http://news.techeye.net/software/google-to-angry-gmail-users-we-know-better">http://news.techeye.net/software/google-to-angry-gmail-users-we-know-better</a>

<a href="http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2012/4/24/googles-cloud-throws-a-thunderbolt-to-gmail-users.aspx" title="http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2012/4/24/googles-cloud-throws-a-thunderbolt-to-gmail-users.aspx">http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2012/4/24/googles-cloud-throws-a-th...</a>

They dont care. They "know better". They re doing software and services for
the uneducated masses, they dont care what you and I -or any other 'power
user'- thinks. Google's idea is that ideally we should run Android or
Chrome OS, not CentOS...

But the real question is: why should we freak out if a piece of Google
software becomes no longer available? The World wont end, specially when
there are capable open alternatives like Mozilla s Firefox. Think "Picasa
for Linux" (wine)

In fact, I think it's positive if we give Google LESS influence than what
they already have, not more.

FC

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Robert Arkiletian at 03/27/2013 - 20:33

I'm bumping this thread in hopes some Googe/Chromium devs will realize
that GCC 4.7.2 is available for RHEL6. Please continue supporting
google-chrome for rhel/centos 6. Now that version 26 is stable we get
a warning message every time chrome is launched. "Google Chrome has
stopped updating ..."

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM, Johnny Hughes < ... at centos dot org> wrote:

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Robert Arkiletian at 04/10/2013 - 13:26

With Opera dropping Presto engine and following/forking Chrome and
with Chromium dropping support for CentOS that just leaves us with
only one main browser: Firefox ESR.

I commented asking for support past version 26. Got a reply,

"Note that these systems were never officially supported. I'd
recommend CentOS to make its own Chromium package."
https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/chromium-discuss

Also filed a feature request that got merged into the Debian 6 same request.
" Please file a new bug for CentOS, since this bug is about Debian. I
have a feeling we won't be able to support it though."
<a href="https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=224389" title="https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=224389">https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=224389</a>

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Robert Arkiletian at 04/15/2013 - 02:26

Is there any chance CentOS might add Chromium to extras repo? See below.

Post from Hirakendu:
https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/chromium-discuss/I_ZFDJqdiyA

<a href="https://github.com/hirakendu/chromium_el_builder" title="https://github.com/hirakendu/chromium_el_builder">https://github.com/hirakendu/chromium_el_builder</a>

. See the readme for details. Due to the large file size, the current
RPM chromium-26.0.1410.63-192696.x86_64.rpm, built on CentOS 6.4, can
be obtained by downloading the project archive.Please note that this
is only for the time being and I do not intend to actively maintain
it, but I hope it may help others. A couple of patches may be merged
as well.

Aside, thanks to Paweł for maintaining the excellent chromium ebuilds
for Gentoo Linux (which I have been happily using for several years)
that helped clarify some of the build steps, in addition to the
official build instructions at chromium.org."

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Johnny Hughes at 04/15/2013 - 18:48

On 04/15/2013 01:26 AM, Robert Arkiletian wrote:
I will be glad to build it, *IF* I can reproduce what the script does
inside an SRPM (looks like I should be able to). One of our rules is an
SRPM for everything we release.

The problem is, if he is not going to support it later, his gcc patches
may not keep working on newer code and we only gain a couple of builds
and run out of support.

Since I personally use chrome as my browser (and obviously CentOS-6.4 as
my OS :D) ... and want to continue to do so ... I will look at this soon.

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Robert Arkiletian at 05/02/2013 - 23:50

Johnny,

there is someone here

<a href="https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=227320" title="https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=227320">https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=227320</a>

who is willing and able to help.

On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM, Johnny Hughes < ... at centos dot org> wrote:

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Johnny Hughes at 06/07/2013 - 23:27

On 05/02/2013 10:50 PM, Robert Arkiletian wrote:

OK guys,

Here is the test version of Chromium version 28 for CentOS-6 (the
current beta release).

<a href="http://people.centos.org/hughesjr/chromium/6/" title="http://people.centos.org/hughesjr/chromium/6/">http://people.centos.org/hughesjr/chromium/6/</a>

You can copy the repo file from there into /etc/yum.repo.d/ and then
issue the command:

yum install chromium

The package is signed by the CentOS-6-Testing key.

Here is the git repo where the build script (source) and instructions
are located:

<a href="https://github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder" title="https://github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder">https://github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder</a>

If you already have chrome installed, you will want to remove it and
remove the yum repo for chrome as it will get no more updates.

We can not distribute the pepperflash or libpdf viewer from Google
Chrome due to licensing restrictions, but you can download these two
scripts from the github repo and run them either as root or as a user
with sudo access to install those two libraries:

chrome_libpdf_copy.sh:
<a href="https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_libpdf_copy.sh" title="https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_libpdf_copy.sh">https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_libpdf...</a>

chrome_pepperflash_copy.sh:
<a href="https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_pepperflash_copy.sh" title="https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_pepperflash_copy.sh">https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_pepper...</a>

Lets get this tested and vetted and we can maybe move it to CentOS
Extras when Chome is upgraded to the 28 version in production.

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Phelps, Matt at 06/26/2013 - 08:52

Also, does anyone know where we could download the Google RPM for the last
version to work on CentOS6 (version 27)?

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Johnny Hughes at 06/26/2013 - 09:03

On 06/26/2013 07:52 AM, Phelps, Matt wrote:
With the very real possibility that new code could be written (for the
newer glibc/gcc that they are now targeting) that will actually not
compile on the older setup, I am not sure we are comfortable actually
moving this directly into extras.

I would say that we need several cycles and new versions for testing
(maybe at the 31.x tree cycle) before we actually know this is going to
continue to work.

WRT PDFs and flash, I would not use the older versions but instead try
to make adobereader and adobeflash if they fail ... otherwise you will
not get security updates on these.

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Kapetanakis Giannis at 06/23/2013 - 05:59

On 08/06/13 06:27, Johnny Hughes wrote:
Hi,
Just for the record. The script in

<a href="https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_libpdf_copy.sh" title="https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_libpdf_copy.sh">https://raw.github.com/hughesjr/chromium_el_builder/master/chrome_libpdf...</a>

downloads the latest stable of google-chrome which is
28.0.1500.52-207119 atm.
The libpdf.so which is included is not working (at least on i386).

# ldd libpdf.so
./libpdf.so: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.15' not found
(required by ./libpdf.so)

When you try to open pdf file you get "Could not load Chrome PDF Viewer"

The libpdf.so version from the following works:
google-chrome-stable-27.0.1453.110-202711.i386

I've managed to download it from
<a href="http://orion.lcg.ufrj.br/RPMS/myrpms/google/" title="http://orion.lcg.ufrj.br/RPMS/myrpms/google/">http://orion.lcg.ufrj.br/RPMS/myrpms/google/</a>

regards,

Giannis

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Johnny Hughes at 06/23/2013 - 22:25

On 06/23/2013 04:59 AM, Kapetanakis Giannis wrote:
Correct ... the issue is that the new libpdf.so requires the same
(newer) glibc as the chrome version ... and therefore it will not work.
You can use the standard Adobe Acrobat plugin for viewing PDFs.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Rob Kampen at 06/08/2013 - 00:25

On 06/08/2013 03:27 PM, Johnny Hughes wrote:

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By SilverTip257 at 06/13/2013 - 19:15

Thanks for packaging Chromium for CentOS 6.
I'll second Scott's comment and say the install went through without any
snafus!
It's working well on my system.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Robert Arkiletian at 06/10/2013 - 11:49

Thanks Johnny,

Your work is much appreciated.

On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM, Johnny Hughes < ... at centos dot org> wrote:

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Scott Robbins at 06/08/2013 - 00:06

On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 at 10:27:46PM -0500, Johnny Hughes wrote:
Followed all these instructions and it went without incident. The binary
is /opt/chromium/chrome. Everything seems to be working well--I copied my
$HOME/.config/google-chromium/Defaults to the newly created
$HOME/.config/chromium directory which saved all my settings.

It also seems to open faster than google-chrome.
Thank you for your efforts.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Jake Shipton at 06/09/2013 - 02:09

On Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:27:46 -0500

Thanks Johnny! I'm not a fan of chrome myself however I have to to keep
it around for development projects for QA/Testing purposes. So having a
handy RPM is always helpful :-).

I'll post back if I hit any bugs with the package :-).

Thanks,
Jake Shipton (JakeMS)
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Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Robert Arkiletian at 02/12/2013 - 14:35

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM, Gé Weijers < ... at weijers dot org> wrote:
Just discovered that RH has provided a new developer toolchain a few
weeks ago. GCC 4.7.2.

<a href="http://red.ht/Uo9wej" title="http://red.ht/Uo9wej">http://red.ht/Uo9wej</a>

But it requires a developer subscription. Wondering if this might help
the situation.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Tru Huynh at 02/12/2013 - 15:03

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:35:21AM -0800, Robert Arkiletian wrote:
feel free to try :D
<a href="http://people.centos.org/tru/devtools-1.1/" title="http://people.centos.org/tru/devtools-1.1/">http://people.centos.org/tru/devtools-1.1/</a>

Tru

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Robert Arkiletian at 02/12/2013 - 13:43

On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM, Robert Arkiletian < ... at gmail dot com> wrote:
Update, I just read the issue is also C++11 and gcc 4.6. Apparently,
Chromium devs prefer to use the newer c++ standard and that breaks the
toolchain on older distros. I think C6 uses gcc 4.4.6.

Also rumor is Google and Red Hat are now talking about this issue. I
hope a solution can be found.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By SilverTip257 at 02/12/2013 - 13:30

No clue here. I don't run X on any of my production systems.
And CentOS isn't my desktop distro.

The Fedora Project [0] may maintain Chromium builds for EL6. I know that
in the past they've maintained Chromium builds for Fedora.
It actually seems like someone [1] might be gearing up to do just that for
EL6.

Report back if you give that repo a try as others have indicated on the
"firefox problem" thread that they use Chrom(e|ium) on CentOS 6.

[0] <a href="http://repos.fedorapeople.org/" title="http://repos.fedorapeople.org/">http://repos.fedorapeople.org/</a>
[1] <a href="http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/leigh123linux/chromium-stable/" title="http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/leigh123linux/chromium-stable/">http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/leigh123linux/chromium-stable/</a>

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By John R Pierce at 02/12/2013 - 17:52

On 2/12/2013 9:30 AM, SilverTip257 wrote:
if Chrome starts using functionality from a newer Gtk, it will be very
challenging to maintain a back port.

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By Dennis J. at 02/12/2013 - 17:56

On 02/12/2013 10:52 PM, John R Pierce wrote:
Also notice that the builds in that repo are from May 2011. Looks abandoned
to me.

Regards,
Dennis

Re: No more support for chrome/chromium on rhel6

By SilverTip257 at 02/12/2013 - 20:44

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM, Dennis Jacobfeuerborn <