Quick Midori Review And How to Install Latest Midori 0.2.6 in Ubuntu 10.04 'Lucid Lynx'

I am a webkit fan and Chromium and Google Chrome are among my most favorite browsers. But since they both are actually the same in more ways than one, I decided to give a shot at a 'different' webkit based browser called Midori.

Midori is Not Bad, Not Good Enough As Well

After installing Midori and giving it a spin for 2-3 hours, I was quite surprised to see the stability of the browser. Midori is fast, stable and as other webkit based browsers, is far lightweight. And it is better integrated with GTK interface.

But a number of small niggles and rough edges ruined the overall experience. If Google Search is embedded into the main url bar, why do you need another search box on the right? Why tabbing won't take you to the right search box at all? And even though the rendering engine is the same as that of Chromium browser, somehow in my Ubuntu, webpage rendering is noticeably faster in Chromium browser when compared to Midori.

Yes, Midori is good, but far from a worthy candidate for becoming your regular browser. For now, Chromium will continue to be my regular browser and favorite browser as well and may be I will use Midori as a secondary browser. But things can change faster than you think. Chromium was barely usable an year ago and it is now among the fastest growing browsers out there. So lets hope things will turn around for Midori browser soon enough as well. In the meantime, you may want to take Midori for a ride. Here is what you need to do.

How to Install Midori 0.2.6 in Ubuntu 10.04 'Lucid Lynx' From PPA?
  • Open Terminal(Applications - Accessories - Terminal) and copy-paste the following lines one by one into Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:midori
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webkit-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
  • Done. Now install latest Midori web browser in Ubuntu Lucid 10.04.
sudo apt-get install midori
  • Done. 
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