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Date:      Tue, 12 May 2020 13:21:55 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
Subject:   Re: Microsoft Teams for Linux
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On Tue, 12 May 2020 07:11:16 -0400, Jerry wrote:
> It is my understanding that FreeBSD does not support Google Chrome.
> That is not Microsoft's fault. That is a failure on the part of
> FreeBSD. You should be taking the problem up with them, or perhaps
> Google. Whether there is no one willing to maintain the port, or a
> systemic failure on the part of FreeBSD is the real question here.

As Chrome, unlike Chromium, is not distributed in source form
(i. e., it is not open source), distribution would only be
possible as a binary blob, as for example nVidia does it.
The interesting question could be: Why does nVidia provide
a binary blob used by the FreeBSD port, and Google does not?
You would guess that a graphics driver is much more dependent
on bein tied closely both to the OS and to X, whereas a web
browser is, more or less, "just" a user application program
that should be quite portable.

> The bottom line is this in not Microsoft's fault.

That is correct. Chrome is supported, Chromium is not.
And Chrome is not Chromium. And not Firefox.

> To address the second portion of your post, I had a telephone
> conversation several years ago with a technician from 'Brother USA.'
> Yes, it regarded printer support. I wanted to know precisely why they
> wrote drivers, etcetera for Linus, Debian, Mac, and I think one other
> besides mobile. In any case, he told me he uses Linux at home and likes
> it. He went on to say to me that writing for FreeBSD is not easy
> because:
> [...]
> 3) He also went on to say that FreeBSD, when compared to Microsoft or
> Linux or MAC, was considered too decentralized.

Being decentralized can be an advantage. However, printing
on Linux and on the Mac is now centralized using CUPS. So why
should it be a problem to create drivers that work with CUPS
on Linux as well as CUPS on the Mac, but not on CUPS on any
of the BSDs? Is the difference so big?

Yes, I know, it sounds like Java: "Write once, run everywhere",
but it doesn't actually work like that... ;-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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