Issue with the Chromium updater extension version 0.1.1.2
Press the 'Visit Website' button from the Updater icon drop down. It attempts to connect using https secure protocol to https://freesmug.org/chromium. This results in an error because freesmug.org site is hosted by www.wikidot.com with subdomain freesmug.wikidot.com, so it fails the site certification. Chromium will issue 'Privacy error' and will not connect. The Updater should be using the plain http://freesmug.org/chromium (not https but http). To duplicate, press Chromium Updater icon, in the drop down are two buttons "Visit Website' and "Download Update". Press "Visit Website".
So, we have a situation where the browser itself is incapable of checking for newer versions of itself, because the Sparkle framework for some 'reason' won't compile in Chromium 64-bit mode. This Sparkle issue has been going on for how long now? I have at least a dozen other apps on my Mac now that use Sparkle for updating, most of them 64-bit. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for the Mac Chromium builds, but you would think by now there would be some communication between the folks that build Chromium and the folks that build Sparkle, and the issue would be uncovered and resolved. But all of that can be forgiven as long as there is an alternative that works
Okay, so the 'solution' is to rely on an extension for updating, okay cool, that's fine. Except the extension, for the LONGEST TIME (8-10 months?) didn't even work, it would never connect to the server site. The developer of the extension 'stullig', either didn't know about the error, or knew but didn't bother to fix. Either way, what does it say when that goes unresolved for 8-10 months.
Then a supposed fix to the extension (version 0.1.1.2) is released about two months ago which technically works (it will identify if there is a newer Chromium version, it will connect, and will allow you to download it), but if you attempt to go to freesmug.org directly from the extension, fails, because of a security error.
A security error which a simple TEST before release would/should have caught. It's now been 2 months, and the updater hasn't been updated, for what should be a very simple fix (change https to http). Granted, the main function of the extension works, I get it.
Overall, the whole situation just doesn't give you that warm fuzzy feeling, or inspire confidence. Yes, I still use Chromium, because I use it the few oddball times that I need Adobe Flash, and I'm not quite ready to install Google Chrome (I think I would rather live without Flash completely before I install Chrome).