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Why is it stuck at v37 when Chromium v39 is already in trusty-updates, for example? Precise is still supported, right? The maintainers are also the same…

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  • or you could download the deb package manually and install. updates are not very frequent – Edward Torvalds Dec 14 '14 at 19:02
  • edward: Which deb? chromium v39 from trusty? – omnomnom Dec 16 '14 at 6:37
  • edward: Oh, I didn’t realise you were talking about Google Chrome. I do not want to use that (Google spyware). Open-source Chromium (minus Google stuff) is the way to go for me, at least! Thanks for the reply though. – omnomnom Dec 16 '14 at 14:03
  • I have answered below – Edward Torvalds Dec 16 '14 at 14:32
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No, it is not. Only security patches for major security holes and apocalyptic-level bugs are issued in "maintenance support" period. If you don't want to upgrade release, you can either use backports or add chromium PPA or switch to Google Chrom.

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  • I have precise-backports already enabled in my Software Sources. Latest chromium is not there either. What ppa can I use? The chromium-stable ppa is outdated. I don’t want to use Google Chrome spyware. As Firefox is still up-to-date, I thought chromium would be too. Thanks! – omnomnom Dec 16 '14 at 6:36
  • @Barafu-Albino So, in regards to security, there isn't any issue using the default chromium, version 37, from the software repository? – Abdul Dec 18 '15 at 7:35
  • Yes, of cause. The browser needs to be update regulary, unless you switch Javascript, Flash and all extensions off. – Barafu Albino Dec 22 '15 at 6:48
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The OP is correct, there is no Chromium update to 37 for Precise. This is a known bug and has been reported to launchpad bugs. The stable repository has not been maintained for a few years and adding the "stage" repository will result in upgrading to 48 which won't work on 12.04. As of now this is a problem as 37 is not compatible with the latest libnss3 update and any machine with chromium 37 & libnss3 update can't access google sites or content.

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Please have a look at this picture, it says that: Canonical does not provide updates for Chromium:

Screenshot of Chromium from Ubuntu Software Center

If you want to get updates for Chromium take this PPA (on Ubuntu 12.04; for other versions go to this page):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/stable 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Now you should get a prompt to update Chromium, if it is already installed. if not run this:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
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  • But that ppa only has chromium 30! The standard repos are less outdated than that! Also, I know that Canonical doesn’t support chromium directly, but the volunteer team responsible for it had already pushed out 39 for Trusty, so I though it would be the same for Precise, it being still supported and all. Kinda weird. – omnomnom Dec 17 '14 at 17:01
  • @omnomnom I will be better if you upgrade your ubuntu to 14.04 which is much stable. – Edward Torvalds Dec 17 '14 at 17:29
  • @edwardtorvalds Is there any security issues in using the default chromium, version 37, from the software repository? – Abdul Dec 18 '15 at 7:35
  • @Abdul of course, using older version browser is security issue. newer browsers have bugs fixed – Edward Torvalds Dec 18 '15 at 12:33

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