Web app matching with Chromium and Unity
Thanks to the hard work of Marco Trevisan Unity now has better support for Chromium web applications.
If you look at the pic you’ll notice that each web app has it’s own icon and it’s own window (and of course when you click on icons they’ll open in a proper browser window):
Thanks to Fabien Tassin for his guidance, and of course thanks to the upstream guys at Chromium for making this possible. There’s some other fixes left to land (you need a newish Chromium and Unity from tomorrow’s release) but this should be sorted out as both projects release going forward.
Calculators. You need them.
On the Friday of the Ubuntu Developer Summit we do 5 minute lightning talks. Evan Martin from Chromium did a bit on Speed, and why they’re so obsessed with it.
To prove his point he compared Chromium’s launch time vs. gcalctool. Yes, the web browser was launching faster than the calculator.
I am not sure if Evan knew it or not, but Robert Ancell (one of the gcalctool guys!) was in the audience. And not content with failure, he went and fixed it. The ball is in your court now Chromium!
(Note: I am not advocating any kind of Calculator acid test or Calcspider speed test, before anyone gets any bright ideas.)
Clarifications around Ubuntu using “Google Chrome”
I’d like to clarify some things about our session on default applications and Chromium. I’m about to get on a plane so I will be short before the confusion spreads.
- Chrome and Chromium are not the same thing. Chrome is a non-free build of the Chromium project.
- It is impossible for us to ship Google Chrome as a default web browser without compromising our beliefs. You can read more about our licensing and how that relates here.
- However we have a section in the software center where people can opt-in to have things like Skype, Adobe Reader, and possibly Google Chrome.
- The distribution models of Chromium and Ubuntu/Debian couldn’t be more different, but since Evan Martin from upstream Chromium attended the Ubuntu Development Summit we have begun to identify how we can make this work. Expect more progress here in the future.
- The switch to Chromium has only been identified as possible choice on the Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
- WE LOVE FIREFOX. Mozilla is one of our most important upstreams and we will continue to work with them as we have in the past. Improving Chromium in Ubuntu helps Firefox because they both believe that competition is the best way to drive the web forward. For example we use CouchDB as our default for “sqlless databases”, but work (or plan to work) with MongoDB and Cassandra as well. We ship and integrate puppet by default but that doesn’t stop us from making sure Chef is well supported. No sane operating system vendor would want to artificially limit what developers can do on their platform.
- We should be celebrating the choice of excellent browsers pushing the web.
I hope that clears things up, you’ll be hearing more updates in the usual development channels from the Desktop team as the cycle progresses.