I’ve been wondering for quite a while if it would be possible to build and run the Web browser of the Chromium-OS in Ubuntu, and what it would take to achieve this. Also, I wanted to know what goods it could bring compared to the regular Chromium browser. So I just decided to give it a try. Read more…
You should now be used to its fast release pace, so it’s probably not a surprise. Chromium 12 has just been released upstream less than 2 hours ago, 6 weeks after Chromium 11. Thanks to a good preparation with the Daily PPA and Dev and Beta Channels, I’ve been able to quickly ship this major Stable release to Ubuntu. While it’s making its way to the repositories, you can as usual grab it from the stable channel for Lucid, Maverick, Natty and Oneiric. Note that those using the beta channel received the same version a few hours ago.
Chromium 12 comes with a lot of new great features, including hardware accelerated 3D CSS and a new safe browsing protection system. Note that if you were using the Google Gears plugin, it’s no longer supported. For that, the HTML5 offline feature is preferred. This release also fixes more than a dozen of security issues.
If you use Unity, the Chromium Quicklist has been translated in 21 languages since the last update around 2 weeks ago.
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.
As the Chromium maintainer for Ubuntu, I often wonder how many users installed the different packages I maintain. It’s obviously difficult, not to say impossible, to tell how many of those are active users, mostly because it would imply adding some ping back mechanism that would hurt the privacy of some of those users, a line I am not willing to cross. So to try to answer this question, I depend on publicly available data.
To start with, I need to see where users are taking their chromium packages from. Read more…
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.
If you are using the Chromium browser, please answer the following survey. It’s quick, and would greatly help focus the efforts in the coming releases.
Chromium in Ubuntu is now translated in 53 languages (and a few more to come). What are your expectations about this?
(if you have a problem with a particular lang, please say so in a comment)
The Developer Tools (see right-click “Inspect Element” in any web page) are only available in English. Translations for them are open in Launchpad but are currently not enabled in the deb packages (not in Google Chrome either).
(I can’t do anything about Google Chrome, but i’m in touch with the upstream developers)