Putting full stop on month’s long discussion on default browser in Ubuntu 13.10 , Ubuntu Desktop manager Jason Warner confirmed that Firefox is to stay default in the next upcoming release.
In an email sent yesterday to ubuntu community Jason says’s
“First, to get the formalities out the way, Firefox remains the default for 13.10.”
The main reason for not choosing Chromium was its issue with Web Apps integration and some changing APIs.
“Lastly, I do want to consider Chromium by default for 14.04 once the above is no longer an issue.I sincerely believe Chromium is the better experience for general users and should be strongly considered for our next LTS.”
So the possibility of changing the default browser still exists in ubuntu.
The idea of replacing Firefox with Chromium first originated during a ubuntu developer’s Hangout session in May.
Their session excerpt reads
Chromium has matured to being as good or better than Firefox. It will be the foundation of a lot of Ubuntu Touch code and webapps code. We should consider using Chromium as the default browser in Ubuntu.
The discussion continued in mailing list and many developers were in favour of Chromium.