Back from a successful FrOSCon

As I posted earlier I organized the first proper Midori booth for FrOSCon. From my humble perspective it was a success despite the rainy weather. All sorts of different folks who’d never heard about it got curious about Midori when they walked by the booth, asked what it is and what makes it special. A number of people asked about specific bug reports or availability on distributions. And among them some very interesting feature discussions came up.

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Session management was a recurring point of interest. Opening many tabs and windows, managing multiple sessions, storing away sessions for later and restoring after a crash. This is a good time as Tabby, the new session backend, is about to land, and it will make it much easier to keep many sessions or throw away the last open tabs on startup. One point in particular I’d like to take away here is that restoring tabs is something to be decided after startup, or after a crash instead of a fixed preference as it is now.

Another hot topic was sync. Firefox Sync appears to be quite popular for being easy to setup on a server. In one case the university provides logins to students as part of their infrastructure, which encrypts all session data. A very nice solution I would be keen to see is pluggable backends. Besides Firefox Sync there’re plans for a Midori sync server based on PGP encryption.


As for the booth itself, it appears that stickers were popular. But apart from the poster we had nothing with the URL written on it to hand out. Definitely
for the next Midori we will need business cards. Overall it was very exciting and I am looking forward to the next event in November.One thing different kinds of people asked about is writing extensions. I saw some eyes flashing when I mentioned that using Python will soon be possible, besides Vala and C, thanks to libpeas. The API in general will become easier to use and we brainstormed a bit for a third party extension website.

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