Using webkit 1.8 for the LTS(?)

Sebastien Bacher seb128 at
Tue Nov 29 18:55:14 UTC 2011

Hi everybody,

So following-up on the email I just sent and trying to improve how we 
decide on things that might have an impact on others teams I would like 
to discuss what version of webkit we will use for the LTS.

In Oneiric we stayed on 1.4 because we were unsure that 1.6 would be on 
time, that leaded to some issues with GNOME (which started using the new 
version). We discussed the topic with upstream since and they said they 
follow the GNOME schedule nowadays and the project and team is active 
enough that there should be no issue for them to stay on track.

We discussed a bit, at UDS, what version to track for Precise and the 
consensus seemed to be that we would benefit to have the most recent 
version and should go for 1.8 (which will turn stable in march). I still 
need to confirm with upstream that they will keep supporting gtk2 as a 
build time option for that serie (I pinged them today but didn't get a 
reply yet).

What is your take on using webkit 1.8? Is that choice good for other 
teams? Is there any issue or concern you have about updating?

Sebastien Bacher

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