The avid user may have noticed the release is overdue, although scheduling a release over new year’s eve was probably a lost bet to begin with, so that’s why. The good news is we got some extra bug fixing time.
So what did we get done? A good amount of clean-up including a revamped notebook – this is tech jargon for the tabs UI – with the goal of reducing bugs due to different build configuration, regardless of whether one is using GTK+2, GTK+3, Granite or Windows. A good deal of dead code could be dropped and many things simplified. There’s also a new Database abstraction which you don’t see on the outside but improves error handling and reduces bugs by unifying how things are done.
Now this is all nice and boring, are there any actual changes? Yes! Session management, nicknamed tabby, again gets smarter about reacting to crashes by not loading the faulty website and running commands on the command line properly. Private browsing has also benefited from some bug fixing, such as not wrongly attempting to load favicons from disk and enabling the sidepanel, for example for downloads (or other panels from extensions, for the brave ones who use the command line to enable extensions in private browsing).
Oddly enough one very small feature we got which I find amazingly useful myself ever since it’s there: Close Tabs to the Right. You wouldn’t think it does much, but if you’re applying a workflow of search and open as many results tabs as you can, and suddenly find all but one very much obsolete, this is exactly what you need.
As always see the file Changelog for more details. And stick around for a bit if your package isn’t there yet, it can take a while.
So download Midori v0.5.7 now (1.2 MB)
Some downloads are still being refreshed right now, so be patient if you think the option of your choice isn’t there yet.
You are welcome to join #midori on irc.freenode.net and party for the release!