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.
Just committed this to my main Chromium packaging branch, it will be in the next daily tomorrow.
..it will need translations.
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)
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…
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.
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.
It’s a minor update of Chromium version 8, namely 8.0.552.237~r70801.
The only tiny packaging change is that I landed 2 new languages that have a good enough coverage. So congratulations to the Basque and Galician translators, who started from scratch a few weeks ago and reached 100% of over 3200 strings in trunk, future version 10. That’s over 90% once backported to the (older) stable branch. You joined the 51 other languages already supported (inherited from Google Chrome), languages which also got their strings refreshed (same backport of the Launchpad strings).