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Last week’s updates: Chromium and VLC

Last week the Chrome (and Chromium) update to release 69 was in the news. The UI changed significantly, sporting more of Google’s material design elements. Also the password manager has been improved: it will suggest random passwords in cases where you have to create a Web account and will offer to remember the random password in its vault so you don’t have to write it down or remember it (you’ll have to be signed into your Google account to be able to use this feature though).
The ‘omnibox‘ (the area where you type your URLS and search queries) is more powerful now, showing many more related results while you are typing.
My package for Chromium supports direct playback of H.265/HEVC video by the way, and has done so for the past releases. Check it out for instance on https://www.h265files.com/embed-h265-video.php . Not many other browsers (even other distros’ Chromium browsers) will do that.

Not just UI changes/improvements in version 69.0.3497.81 but also many (some severe) bugs were addressed in this release. Read all about that in the Google blog post.

A package for Slackware 14.2 (32bit) took a bit of time because I kept having segafaults in clang++ but an update to the latest patches for Slackware 14.2 put an end to these segfaults. Packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current are awaiting your download.

FYI: Just today an update was posted and a new version 69.0.3497.92 of the Chromium source code was released. I will see when I can compile packages for that, but it will probably not be this week.

And then there was a new release of the VideoLAN media player, VLC, last month. I took a while to reserve some time on the build box to create packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current, but they are done now. The release 3.0.4 did not get any attention on the VideoLAN news page (yet?), but there are plenty of fixes that are relevant for Linux users.
Remember that this VLC depends on Qt5 – you’ll need libxkbcommon, qt5 and qt5-webkit packages, and on Slackware 14.2 additionally libinput and libwacom (those two are already part of -current).

You know where to download the packages, don’t you? The new versions of Chromium and VLC are also present on the latest Plasma5 Live ISO image for Slackware.

Have fun! Eric

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Posted: September 12, 2018 at 05:55

[…] Last week’s [Slackware] updates: Chromium and VLC […]

Comment from kjhambrick
Posted: September 12, 2018 at 08:55

Downloaded and installed and ‘tried’ chromium and vlc ( restricted ) on Slackware64 14.2 + MultiLib + the NVIDIA 390.87 Blob.

Both programs work from the command line as expected without error.

Chromium did complain:

[7321:7321:0912/014842.156787:ERROR:browser_dm_token_storage_linux.cc(93)] Error: /etc/machine-id contains 32 characters (32 were expected).

I’ve got no such file ( and my machine id is none of google’s business 🙂 )

Thanks as always Eric !

— kjh

Comment from Joonas
Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:20

Thank you Eric for your great work and interesting blog!

I was struggling with VLC’s dependencies, because when running “slackpkg info vlc” I’d only see libxkbcommon, qt5 and qt5-webkit as required packages. But now I build libinput and libwacom as you suggested in your post and it works! 🙂

Best regards,
JJ

Comment from Lysander
Posted: September 12, 2018 at 12:18

Fantastic work, Eric. Thank you very much as always. The new Chromium is much faster than version 63 [which I was previously running] on this 32bit machine. Looks and works great.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: September 13, 2018 at 20:11

Thank you Eric!

Comment from kjhambrick
Posted: September 15, 2018 at 15:29

Oops … I just mentioned this on LQ …

I googled ‘linux machine-id’ and found a bunch of systemd gibberish on the freedesktop.org page but at the end of the page under History it says that /var/lib/dbus/machine-id may be a symlink to /etc/machine-id.

I do have a 33-byte /var/lib/dbus/machine-id file and it contains a UUId-looking string so I eliminated chromium’s complaint about /etc/machine-id like so:

# ln -s /var/lib/dbus/machine-id /etc/machine-id

I meant to report it but I did it and forgot about it …

— kjh

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