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PPAs and distributions upgrades

May 19, 2011 2 comments

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.

This just happened with Natty on Apr 28. It’s visible on the Chromium Daily PPA stats:

..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.

How many Chromium users in Ubuntu?

April 29, 2011 15 comments

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…

Chromium 11 in Ubuntu

April 27, 2011 5 comments

Chromium 11 has been released earlier today. It’s full of good stuff for your own pleasure. It also contains a list of security fixes longer than my arm, for your own protection. Read more…

Chromium translations explained: part 2b

February 10, 2011 6 comments

In the second part of this series of posts about the Chromium translations, I mentioned a problem with a recent change in Launchpad that triggered the loss of hundreds of strings from contributors. I also mentioned a possible future evolution meant to improve the translation coverage of stable builds. After a long fight, it seems things are getting right again. Here is what changed, and why…

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Chromium 9 in Ubuntu

February 4, 2011 3 comments

Chromium 9.0.597.84 landed in Ubuntu a few hours ago. Compared to the previous stable release, it brings among other things the (opt-in) Instant search in the Omnibox (the URL bar), the Apps store and WebGL enabled by default.
It contains also a batch of security fixes. The codecs package has also been updated.
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Chromium translations explained: part 2

January 23, 2011 7 comments

In the first part of this series of posts about the Chromium translations, I covered Grit, the format of translations used by upstream for Chromium (and Google Chrome, ChromeOS..). In another post, I recently explained the release management of this project, showing that multiple branches evolve in parallel, inside the so called Channels. In this part, I will cover the interaction with Launchpad, and show how the strings are converted back and fourth, how the Launchpad contributed strings are merged with the upstream strings, and the various problems that came up since contributions started to flow.
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Chromium release management explained

January 19, 2011 17 comments

Some people seem to be confused about the Chromium release management, the weird x.y.z.t versions, the channels, the PPAs… I often receive questions about those subjects from end-users, but also from fellow Ubuntu developers. In this post, I will try to explain and demystify a few things. In order to do that, I also need to cover Google Chrome.

It may be a shock to you but the first thing you need to realize is that there is no such thing as an upstream release of Chromium. Give me some time to explain, it is not as bad as it sounds.

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