[Dev] [Packages (i686 and x86_64) - Freedom issue #140] Possible to make a libre version of Chromium (web browser)?

labs at parabola.nu labs at parabola.nu
Fri Apr 19 14:00:14 GMT 2013

Issue #140 has been updated by martin.

The issue is still WORK-IN-PROGRESS within other mostly-freedom-respecting distros as of this day:

1.| https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Chromium
2.| http://worldofgnome.org/why-fedora-doesnt-ship-chrome-and-chromium/

PS: I already pasted second ling on #parabola IRC channel some time ago. (=
Freedom issue #140: Possible to make a libre version of Chromium (web browser)?

Author: migathesecond
Status: open
Priority: wish
Target version: 

First off, I've really taken a liking to Chromium. I've used it in the past, and I like the interface and how quick of a browser it is. However, I have heard about license issues in the past, involving unlicensed files in the source code. I have noticed that in the source, LICENSE is the BSD license. Doesn't that mean that any files without a license are under that license? If not, is there a way to remove those files without reducing any significant functionality to the browser? Do these license issues even still exist? I'm guessing so, because chromium-browser still conflicts with the 'your-freedom' package.

I'd really like to be able to use Chromium on a fully free system. I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I don't really know how difficult it would be to make a libre Chromium. I'd like to find out where to start, and hopefully, with the help of the community, bring what I believe is one of the best web browsers to Parabola.

If anybody wants to take a look at the source code, here is one of the latest versions:

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