Using Google Chrome on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS? Bad news: the big G has dropped support for you as of Chrome 26, which was released last week.
But the news isn’t sudden. Ubuntu 10.04 comes to its ‘end of life’ later next month, having been supported by Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu operating system, for 3 years since its release in April 2010.
Google Chrome is a popular browser choice on Ubuntu partly because it is the only way Linux users can get updated, bug-fix releases of the Adobe Flash plugin.
Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution and the third most-used desktop operating system with over 22 million users across the world.
Chromium, the open-source base off of which Google Chrome is built, is likely to continue supporting Ubuntu 10.04 for a little while longer – but not indefinitely.
Google’s own internal Ubuntu-based operating system, nicknamed ‘Goobuntu’, is currently based on the 10.04 release. With the life of Ubuntu 10.04 coming to an end, it’s clear that Google either already have, or are in the process of, upgrading their employees to Ubuntu 12.04 – the most recent ‘Long Term Support’ release.