JIT-enabled new WebKit and new GStreamer for Windows

Upgrading time for our Windows build. While all of these are pretty much under-the-hood changes it has a big impact on your browsing experience. We’re going for the latest stable WebKit with JIT-enabled javascript and WebP support. And we’re switching to a more recent maintained set of GStreamer plugins – in the past these weren’t easily available and always required extra work to add.

midori-win32-graybird

See below for the technical overview and currently known issues. The build still needs some rigorous testing to move from experimental to stable – if it works well it will be used for the next Midori version.

Build details

  • WebkitGtk 2.0.4
  • Spellcheck (you need to install dicts yourself for now)
  • JIT for javascript enabled
  • WebP support
  • GStreamer 1.0 plugins

Known Issues

  • Dark shadow on inactive buttons (gtk3 style issue)
  • Cursor does not change appearance on links/ textarreas (webkitgtk3 issue)
  • Slow load when font cache is missing (fontconfig issue)

Grab the experimental Windows build now and help testing! User feedback is valuable, either in comments, bug reports or #midori on Freenode (webchat).

2 thoughts on “JIT-enabled new WebKit and new GStreamer for Windows

  1. Zlip

    Can you please update Cairo Graphics library to latest as well, its one version behind then currently released in these try builds.
    Also please make grey theme default on Windows since GTK theme is more broken than grey one.
    Change defaults fonts on Windows just similar to other browsers as well.

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