Following the official announcements of End of Life of Hardy Desktop (8.04) and Karmic (9.10) , and as previously mentioned in this blog, I just dropped support for those two distributions in the 4 Chromium channels/PPAs.
I could have decided to continue maintaining Chromium there, but with everything else unmaintained, it’s not wise to continue to pretend supporting a browser, which is the most exposed part of a desktop. To make the matter clear, I also dropped the binaries. Read more…
It’s not new but in case you didn’t know, when you use the Update Manager to change your distribution, PPAs are disabled by the dist upgrade script and must be re-enabled manually.
..that’s why the Google Chrome deb ships a cron job to re-add the repository if it’s gone. In the past, I discarded the idea as too intrusive, but maybe I should reconsider doing the same with the 4 Ubuntu Channels, as it doesn’t make sense security-wise to keep a browser unupgraded.
2 months ago, I wrote about my experience with Unity in Natty. At that point, it was far from suiting my use-case, but yet, I somehow felt positive about its future and I kept using it. What was troubling me then was the release schedule. With all the remaining crashers and feature gaps 8 weeks before the long fixed release date, I had serious doubts about the final state of Unity in Natty. Now that it (Natty) has been released, and that developers spent a week at UDS and are now either taking some days off or writing blueprints, it’s a quiet period with almost nothing moving, a good time to see what has been achieved. Read more…
Just committed this to my main Chromium packaging branch, it will be in the next daily tomorrow.
..it will need translations.
Chromium (trunk) recently improved its integration into Unity.
Some already noticed the download progress bar in the Unity launcher (the chromium icon in the side panel). But there’s more.
If you have “Experimental GNOME menu bar support” enabled in about:flags, you’ve probably noticed the global menu a few weeks ago. Read more…