Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has informed that Google Chrome might replace Mozilla Firefox as Ubuntu’s default web browser in future versions.
In a telephonic interview with Network World, Shuttleworth claimed that Canonical debated whether to replace Firefox with Chrome in the last cycle but decided to stick to Firefox in the end.
“We looked at it closely in the last cycle and the decision was to stick with Firefox in 11.10,” he said. Canonical plans to release Ubuntu 11.10 in October this year.
Chrome won’t be able to replace Firefox in Ubuntu 12.04 when it launches in April 2012 as it will be a long term support version.
“That probably keeps us on Firefox for another year, at least, and we'll see from there,” Shuttleworth said.
Despite the delay, one thing is for sure that Chrome will replace Firefox in future versions of Ubuntu. Shuttleworth said that Chrome was based on Linux, it worked well with the open source Ubuntu operating system.
“You don't often see that in a cross-platform project. We may well be in a position where Chrome on Ubuntu and Chrome on Linux is a better experience than Chrome on any other platform [i.e. Windows and Mac],” he added.