Midori Web Browser and its evolution

In the last few weeks, Midori Web Browser has taken a big stir in the last few weeks and this is due to its reactivation and the respective changes, but we want to tell a little why? and what happened?

At the end of the year 2018 a reactivation of the project began, launching after approximately 5 years, an improved version of Midori Web Browser which would be version 6.0 and months later version 7.0 and version 9.0. On January 01, 2019, Midori Web Browser and its founder Christian Dywan join the Astian Foundation, in order to guarantee the development and support of the project, always respecting the main values of the project, lightness, speed, and safety of the users. to respect the privacy of the users, taking, the now Astian Group the total responsibility of the project, Since then there have been changes such as its image.

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But in order to improve the appearance to users, it has been decided to evolve to the next application icon, more minimalist and more intuitive, as you can see the evolution has been evident in the current times of Midori Web Browser, but what about the code? What about WebKit? What happened to the project? Well in a few words, it has also evolved and here we will tell you the, How?.

Since 2019 Midori has taken a refocusing, giving importance to mobile phones, that is why the Midori application for Android has been published, which has a constant development receiving monthly updates, with more than 5K active users in said operating system and being available in the most famous application stores, (Google Play, Amazon App Store, Huawei App Gallery and the largest repository of open source applications F-Droid) this in order to reach the largest number of users possible. We hope to arrive in the year 2021 to iOS, to offer the best to the users of said operating system.

But and……. The desktop version? It has been a long and tortuous decision what to do with Midori Web Browser for desktop? Due to technical aspects, we decided to create a new version called Midori Next Generation or the name of its midori-ng package, which will also be available in the repositories of Linux distributions, this new version uses Electron and Chromium technology to enhance and accelerate development, and as we have already communicated, always respecting the pillars of the project, so much so that we have managed to achieve better performance than browsers such as Opera, Vivaldi, Chrome, Chromium, Firefox among others, without using or totally disconnected from Google services. But what about the old version or the previous version? the simplest answer is continue, yes, that’s right, continue but with another approach.

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Which Approach? well, the most practical, which allows us to scale the project, and the best candidate for this is QtWebKit, we are not going to give up being a strong alternative based on a different engine, with QtWebKit, we hope to have a global and ambitious development, that is to say have with a single code support for multiple operating systems such as Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, Sailfish, Ubuntu Touch, Plasma Mobile, Tizen, among others. What are we waiting for? That QtWebKit is updated a little more and has a stable version since this project is currently being reactivated.

But what else has changed? Its growing community, Midori Web Browser at the beginning had 13 users who spoke English and little or no activity on Telegram, now it has two groups, one in Spanish and the other in English, adding between the two 203 users of which active and who contribute to the project are approximately 40 users, who contribute to the technical support of the users, contributions to the code and translation into new languages, we extend our thanks to: El Mau, A Haro, Ivaylo, Joshua Hawk, Wilfredo Tomaselli, Nymphy, Javier Obregon, Mert Gör and many other members of the community. This has also been one of the main pillars in this new approach to support, since the entire Astian team is aware of what is happening and provides the appropriate assistance to users.

Midori Web Browser will always be open source, and will always maintain the philosophy of free software, releasing everything related to the project. What’s next, Midori Web Browser? These are some of the news that are coming for Midori:

  • Version for iOS.
  • Data synchronization system (Own development).
  • Integration with Astian Cloud.
  • Support to extensions light.
  • Integration with chat and video calls using XMPP.
  • Migration to QtWebKit.
  • Special channel for technical support, via chat, email (Something already functional) and in the future phone calls.
  • Among other.

The entire Astian team appreciates the trust placed and we want to let you know that you as users are our reason for being and our commitment is to you, always showing transparency and giving you the best of ourselves.

May the force be with all you Midorians users :-)

Astian Team

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