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Chromium 10 in Ubuntu

Not so long ago, I announced Chromium 9 landing in Ubuntu, now, here is version 10. Still hot from upstream, it’s better, faster. It brings both new features and a long list of security fixes. As always, it’s in sync with the Google Chrome release for you own pleasure. It is already available in Natty, and I handed the Maverick and Lucid packages to my fellow Security sponsors Micah and Jamie for another round of reviews. If you’re in a hurry, it is also in the Stable PPA for all the supported versions of Ubuntu down to Hardy.

Among the new features, there’s a new version of the Javascript engine (v8) nicknamed Crankshaft, greatly improving the performances over the already fast previous versions. The preference dialog is gone. It’s now presented as a tab inside the browser. That should solve the issue with smaller screens such as Netbooks where it was difficult to see and reach the bottom of the dialog to confirm or close it. Always on the quest of improving the security,  there’s now a malware reporting feature and outdated plugins are now disabled and blacklisted. This may happen to you, for example if you have old copies of Flash in your profile. I advise you to stick with the versions provided and maintained by Ubuntu. Password sync as part of Chrome Sync is now enabled by default (you still need to visit the preferences, in Personal Stuff).  GPU Accelerated Video is also on the menu of this version. Here, your experience may vary greatly, depending on your hardware, and drivers. Background WebApps, so that along with notifications from previous versions, webapps and addons can start doing useful stuff even if the browser window is not there. Also new is the webNavigation extension API, if you are a developer.

In this version, I promoted Uyghur as 54th language for which we now have a translation. The Uyghur translators did a fantastic job in the last few days, jumping from a ~13% coverage to almost 95% overnight. Thank you!

Also worth noting, the H.264 codec is still there if you have the -extra package installed.

It seems we are finally on track for a major upgrade every 6 weeks, as planed.

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  1. March 10, 2011 at 04:19

    I’ve been running version 11 for quite a while so I’ve enjoyed the speed boost for quite a while. Chromium runs very smoothly even in alpha.

  2. Michael
    March 11, 2011 at 09:46

    Hi Fabien,

    thanks for your great work! What is your roadmap regarding h.264 in -extras? You wrote in another blog, that you use the same build flags as chrome does.

    Regards
    Michael

  3. March 27, 2011 at 17:37

    Hi again I am back on version 10 because as of recent the dev channel has been putting out versions that have massive and I mean massive memory leaks in them. I was using chrome with my average 20 tabs open and I was eating nearly 900MB of ram. I know not terrible for something that sandboxes each tab, but by now I could expect better. I had never had this problem before and purged chrome alpha and went back to stable. Where I can say it runs and renders a lot better, but also is pathetically slow compared to bleeding edge. Chromium still uses alot but nearly half of leakage is taken care of.

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