ANNOUNCE: midori 0.4.4 released

Christian Dywan christian at
Fri Mar 9 00:27:00 CET 2012

midori 0.4.4 is now available for download from

  SHA1 checksum: ead09b6ceb9cadc4c22761490cbf9914346b7ee0
   MD5 checksum: a6578ebfd237c0f22cce49113b95f70c

What is midori?

A lightweight web browser based on WebKitGTK+, for Unix, Windows, Maemo
and other platforms. Several extensions provide advanced functionality
such as advertisement blocking, cookie management, userscripts or mouse


Release notes for 0.4.4
Once again we made improvements to the GTK+ support which was part of
the reason the release was delayed. Unfortunately several remaining
behavioral issues which couldn't be tracked down to Midori code indicate
it's still not on par with GTK+2. Build with --enable-gtk3 to enable
GTK+3 support.

The work-around for the infamous clipboard bug was removed for >=
WebKitGTK+ 1.4.3. It's however recommended to upgrade WebKit if possible
because it also affects applications like Empathy and Devhelp.

Unity menubar support was improved, including a work-around for the
hardcoded blacklisting in menuproxy. In this instance I was a bit
disappointed that there was no attempt from the maintainers to bring the
problems to our attention rather than silently disabling it and waiting
for users to give very puzzling problem reports.

DuckDuckGo has been the default search engine for a while. Meanwhile it
received several improvements. Midori now co-operates with the search
engine so that some revenue from the advertisements is donated to Midori
by using a constant, non-unique tag. Incidentally, there will be Midori
stickers on Chemnitz Linux days made possible by donations.

The experimental fullscreen API used by HTML5 video websites is now
supported. Bookmark deletion and export were fixed. IPv6 addresses are
handled better when typed in the urlbar. An 'Open in Image Viewer'
feature was implemented. The = key in Ukrainian layout is handled
better. Speed Dial features drag and drop re-ordering.

When starting Private Browsing mode a new informative page is shown
lining out the key facts differently to normal web browsing sessions.
Midori should be secure by default, but users also need to understand
why that is the case, rather than trusting it blindly.

As a last-minute goodie, if Midori is run with less than 352 MB RAM, the
page cache is automatically disabled which greatly improves memory usage
in such setups.

The experimental site data policy [2] finally allows basic whitelisting
and blacklisting of web cookies, local databases and preserving of
values when clearing private data. Do note however at this point this is
not complete, and there is no UI yet. In this spirit, the Clear Private
Data dialog also unifies the different types of site data.



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