A couple of us went to a city called Oberhausen in Germany to setup a booth at OpenRheinRuhr. Once again armed with a raspberry pie, a monitor and loads of Midori stickers a plain gray table was turned very green.
The latest Midori 6 was running on a raspberry pie for folks to try out. With a little bit of help from the amazing organizers we also manged to secure some green frogs 🐸 and super sour mint sticks (most of which were gone by the end of the conference).
Besides munging on candy we also squashed a few bugs (#164, #153, #154, #155) and filed those discovered by attendees that we didn’t get to (#162, #160, #159).
Today isn’t just Halloween 🎃, but also release day for Midori 6. Some of you reading this will be thinking… but the project was abandoned, wasn’t it? Well, fortunately not. This little cat just needed a bit of rest 😴 – you know how cats are, they seem to be sleeping all day, you’re not quite sure if they are dead or alive… but in reality that feisty cat is out and about all the time 🐾😼!
What’s new in Midori 6?
The browser core 🔧 was rewritten completely in Vala with GTK+3 and WebKit2 in mind, leaving behind a whole lot of legacy code. Various different build configurations were ultimately taking a toll on developing new features. Now everything is based on nice and modern components like Gtk.Application, Gtk.Stack, GLib.ListModel and Gtk.ListBox, UI definitions in Gtk.Builder XML and GLib.Resource.
Extensions 📦 have also become simpler yet more powerful at the same time: thanks to libPeas any component can expose a plugin interface, transparently support Python 🐍 and Private Browsing 🕵️ aka Incognito Mode or Web App Mode.
In user-facing terms the most visible change will be Tabs on Top 📑, a cleaner and slicker completion popover and generally cleaned-up toolbars and menus!
It has to be said some features and extensions didn’t make it into the release. The good thing is, this time around you can actually write some Python code and retroactively add that favorite feature of yours! 🤓😏 Of course you’re also welcome to file a bug report or feature request and we’ll see what can be done about it!Go get it tiger!
Astian OS and the Midori Web Browser are starting to work together. As a first step Midori becomes the default browser on Astian OS. Further more the web app integration platform called Molniya will feature Midori apps.
Who knows what else is on the table? We might just have some interesting plans for the future so stay tuned!
Last weekend a few of us went to setup a booth at FrOSCon. With loads of stickers and a Raspberry Pi to demo the stable and the upcoming version.
In case you’re wondering about the white marshmallow mice… the booth next to us was Xfce, which has a mouse in its logo, and that’s also the desktop environment that was running on the demo machine.
Note also the shiny Midori mug, which you can also get in the new shop – there’s also t-shirts and bags so be sure to check it out!
Is Midori dead? – It sure as hell isn’t!
A popular question at FrOSCon!
Plenty of people stopped by the booth, despite the bad weather hitting us by surprise, with all sorts of questions. And “Is Midori dead?” is a popular question these days. That cat has certainly been napping a while. But I feel like some people were very happy to find out that development is going on and there’s a new release on the horizon not too far in the future!
Actually that’s not true. Midori started out as a tarball. No website or even version control at first! Hard to imagine now, right?
More importantly the current website of the Midori Web Browser hasn’t been updated for a while and could use some fresh paint so to speak. So here it is, a brand new blog. Watch this space for exciting news concerning development, documentation and whatever else around your favorite light web browser!
Freshly printed Midori stickers just arrived, in November the last ones of the old batch were being given out to visitors of the OpenRheinRuhr. So I ordered new ones at FlyerAlarm, a print company based in Würzburg, Austria. This time around I went for circular ones and slightler smaller than they used to be. This size also fits better on phones and tablets for those who like to decorate theirs with stickers. You might also notice that the colors are better and the graphic comes out better – fixes to the SVG will be finding their way into the repository soon.
With the new stickers I’m well-prepared for Chemnitz Linux Days this march, in a little more than a fortnight. There will be a Midori booth there. Be sure to add the weekend of March 19 and 20 to your calendars!
As things go we diverged a bit from the original plan of making a big compatibility break with this release. Instead much of the original branch has been broken off into pieces that made their way into trunk. We did however bump WebKit2, libSoup and Zeitgeist dependencies. The most visible change is support for CSD, client side decorations, also called header bars after the API in GTK+3.10 (enabled via GTK_CSD=1). With no further adue here goes Midori 0.5.11 with a whole lot of nice things and a ton of bug fixes! Peek at the change log if you want more details.
Seven months of sweat and tears… oh well, not quite so dramatic. In any event Midori 0.5.9 is out!
We’re already scheming… I mean planning for the next cycle. We want to go WebKit2 and GTK+3 only now and do away with the fourfold compatibility setup. Anyone who finds this thrilling is more than welcome to join in; the fun is going to start soon.
At OpenRheinRuhr 2014 we had a Midori booth again. Almost didn’t happen due to the strike of Deutsche Bahn which caused many people to miss the event. Fortunately my humble self made it.
In addition to stickers, this time around we even had edible gummi paws!
Amongst the most posed questions was process isolation, something WebKit2 provides, and which will be available to everyone soon once our plan to move fully towards GTK+3, WebKit2 and Vala is put in motion. The other one was why Midori crashed so often – which is due to the at least 4 primary build configurations currently available. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this go away at some point in the future.
Pretty happy with the results personally, was able to get a decent number of people curious to try out Midori and in one instance even install it on site.