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.
The following unfortunately comes up regularly these days:
This Midori looks interesting, maybe I should try it out.
Aha, there’s a Debian package for it.
sudo apt-get install midori
Meh, pretty crashy, I better ask some devs for help.
Ah, so 0.5.8 is the latest.
So why isn’t this packaged!?
The answer is simple, Midori needs a Debian package maintainer! Thousands of Debian and Ubuntu users are facing the above situation, including lots of Raspberry Pi users. A single person stepping up to it can literally change the world at this point. Now if fame isn’t motivation enough, there may be a t-shirt to get.
Today is the day of Midori 0.5.8. Dedicated to Adblock and WebKit2. Rather than trying to meet fixed dates as we used to, we selected which goals define if the cycle is done. No more no less.
As liked, fast and efficient our Adblock extension was, the original maintainer isn’t around anymore and flaws were accumulating on a code base that wasn’t very accessible anymore. So long story short Adblock is rewritten from C to Vala, several classes and files instead of one monolithic entity, plenty unit test cases and real whitelist support. Add to that a statusbar icon for easy flipping filtering on and off and seeing whether anything was blocked on the site. If you had problems with peculiar display problems whilst using Adblock, chances are good they’ll be gone with the upgrade. Adblock is as always shipped with Midori so just be sure to enable it in the Preferences!
In other news WebKit2 is making another big jump and closer to the finish line. Text selection behavior, favicons, support for multiple rendering processes, opening new windows and setting cache and cookie paths correctly. There’s still work to do in the areas of extensions and downloads in particular, but we’re getting there.
We have working spelling corrections again. Right-click an underlined word and pick a suggestion from the menu. It’s that simple.
Two new extensions implement Ctrl+Enter to complete www. and .com and a handy little notes panel which automatically saves one or more snippets as you make changes.
Aaaaaand we’ve got a brand new file type editor (MIME type on Linux). Finally the user is in control of how files open, either via the Preferences or the right-click “Open With…” menu item.
As always see the file Changelog for more details. And stick around for a bit if your package isn’t there yet, it can take a while.