Ok, to be up front, I use Google products all day. I have to for work purposes, and I have fun doing so. That said, when I read stuff like this, I have to ask myself a simple question:
Fedora's maintainer for the open-source Chromium browser package is recommending users consider switching to Firefox following Google's decision to remove functionality and make it exclusive to its proprietary Chrome browser.My read of that? Google is deliberately crippling the competition. Yes, Google has to make money, so that's the answer to my simple question.
The comments refer to a low-key statement Google made just before the release of Chrome 88, saying that during an audit it had "discovered that some third-party Chromium-based browsers were able to integrate Google features, such as Chrome sync and Click to Call, that are only intended for Google's use... we are limiting access to our private Chrome APIs starting on March 15, 2021."(Source: The Register)
But their actions are also the reason I'm back to using Firefox (Android), or at least, Waterfox on Windows and GNU/Linux. If I have to use something Chromium, I guess that's why I have MS Edge on Windows (an amazing browser...I wonder how Microsoft will react to Google's actions. Browser wars all over again), Opera on Linux.
Aside: I don't understand how it Opera launches 30+seconds faster than PaleMoon or Firefox browser on GNU/Linux. How does that happen?
So, farewell, Vivaldi, Brave, and other Chromium derivatives. You worked great, but I'd rather leave now than wait for March, 2021 to see you fall apart.
Am I wrong? Don't be afraid to tell me.