Chrome 79 crashes on Linux? You're not alone

Chrome 79

It seems that the launch of Chrome 79 it was not a happy launch. Behind the release of the first version On December 11, Google had to release new versions for both Android and desktop systems, but bugs have still been discovered that are affecting macOS and Linux users at the very least. With this scenario, it would not be surprising if the company of the famous search engine launched another corrective version in the coming days.

Among the problems that some Chrome 79 users are experiencing we have that some web pages (HTTPS) do not load in macOS, which scrolling over variables in Chrome DevTools doesn't work, which hangs on Linux with ESET NOD32 installed or the refreshed profile / people menu is discontinued. The Linux problem can appear regardless of the distribution we are using.

Chrome 79 is crashing on macOS and Linux, at the very least

An user explains on the Google help page that:

  • It doesn't seem to matter what's on the page. It happens with text or lots of gifs on the page.
  • All the tabs seem to freeze at the same time.
  • Chrome itself keeps answering for me, I can switch tabs or press the menu button.
  • Pressing the menu button makes Chrome appear to temporarily come out of its frozen state, but it usually freezes again shortly after.
  • This freeze occurs anywhere from every few seconds to once every 30 seconds.

The above glitch, which many users are experiencing, is different from antivirus related bug. In this bug, the crash or freeze happens without any software that interferes with the operation of the browser. This would confirm that there is a bug in Chrome 79. It is something that is also being discussed in the Linux Mint subforum, which you can access from this link.

Worst of all, the bug can be replicated in practically any Chromium-based browser, as long as they have already included the version 79 code. It is worth remembering that practically all the most popular browsers (such as Vivaldi, Opera, Brave ...) are Chromium-based, so the problem is more serious than it seems. Now that the bugs have begun to be known, it's up to Google to move the tab to fix them.


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  1.   Leo said

    There are no "Linux distributions" but "GNU / Linux distributions. Once and for all. Please. Stop calling our beloved operating system that way. Linux is just the kernel.

    1.    pablinux said

      Hi leo. You are not the first to comment on it, but they are ways of speaking. Just as they say "pass me a Kleenex" when the correct thing would be "pass me a tissue" or "Nocilla" even though the cream is "Nutella", most omit "GNU" and say "Linux". You may not agree, but they are just ways of talking.

      A greeting.

  2.   Gabriel said

    In manjaro 18.1.5 xfce 4.14.1 (with kernel 5.4.6 and 4.19.91) and NOD32 4.0.93 chromium closes after a few seconds, first the screen flashes and then it closes

    1.    Gabriel said

      The problem would be in the SANDBOX, because when deactivating it, chromium does not close