Chromium channels: bye-bye Hardy and Karmic
Following the official announcements of End of Life of Hardy Desktop (8.04) and Karmic (9.10) , and as previously mentioned in this blog, I just dropped support for those two distributions in the 4 Chromium channels/PPAs.
I could have decided to continue maintaining Chromium there, but with everything else unmaintained, it’s not wise to continue to pretend supporting a browser, which is the most exposed part of a desktop. To make the matter clear, I also dropped the binaries.
If my stats are correct, that leaves about 10k orphans behind (7%). My best advice to stay on the safe side is to upgrade as soon as possible to the last LTS, Lucid/10.04, following the recommended steps.
On the bright side, it’s a good opportunity to simplify the packaging and the immediate effect is that it should remove pressure on the build farm for other fellow packagers.
I’m still maintaining the 4 flavors of Chromium for Lucid, Maverick, Natty and Oneiric. That’s still a lot of builds and a lot of work:
note the Google Chrome also stopped supporting Hardy.