Galeon News

16th September 2006 - Galeon 2.0.2

After a very long break, I finally got round to pushing out a new galeon release. It's just some minor bug fixes and compatibility updates so you can use with the latest firefox/xulrunner betas and trunk.

2.0.2 "It's a long and winding road"

22nd Oct 2005 - Galeon Future

Tommi, Crispin and I were all able to attend the GNOME summit last weekend, even though Crispin had to pay his own way smile So, it was a good opportunity for us to sit down and discuss the future of Galeon. All of us are very much working fulltime which limits the extent to which we can hack on Galeon and the amount of activity you've observed speaks for itself.

As such, we've reached the conclusion that we have to change our approach if we're going to avoid Galeon getting stale or bit-rotting; which is important for all of us, as we all use Galeon because we still think it's the best thing out there smile

So, what does changing our approach mean? It means considering Epiphany in a new light; Galeon still does a lot of things, small and large, that Epiphany either doesn't do or doesn't do as well, but at the same time, there are some areas where they've moved in front, and most importantly Epiphany has a bunch of active maintainers who are handling the things that we struggle to do for Galeon. But you say: Epiphany doesn't fit my needs or I'd be using it already! True, so our proposal is to bring Galeon to Epiphany.

Epiphany has a powerful extensions mechanism that exposes many of the core structures of the program and there is a general willingness to expose more as necessary. This means that many galeon features can be recast as extensions, and Crispin has already done this for a couple of things: the sidebar is now in epiphany-extensions and he's got a few more hidden away such as in-browser view-source. Also don't forget that some other features have been independently ported as extensions already, such as the javascript console. There are a few galeon features which are hard to implement as extensions and/or are of a class that makes them desirable within the base Epiphany package, and these should be directly ported. I've already made a couple of checkins to port back/forward history copying and middle-clicking on history entries.

Between these two approaches and the more pragmatic direction that epiphany is moving in these days (heirarchical bookmark support has just been checked in!), I believe that we can reach a point where Epiphany + a set of extensions will provide the same functionality that Galeon does today.

This seems an optimal solution for everyone; it allows us, the galeon developers, to avoid duplicating work with epiphany team, it will allow users to leverage the best from both browsers and most importantly, it puts galeon on a much firmer footing for the future that is not so much at the mercy of our ability to find time to hack on it.

I hope that this sounds like a good long term strategy to everyone, but if you do find yourself recoiling from it, do realise that the current approach is unsustainable and will almost certainly result in galeon becoming unmaintained or falling too far behind in some areas, meaning that you'll be struggling to keep using it anyway.

This process will probably take some time given our other commitments, so we intend to make a formal 2.0 galeon release (long overdue really) and keep that compiling against newer releases of mozilla, but our efforts will be directed towards this extension project.

Of course, anybody who wants to help out, either with the extensions or with maintaining the current galeon codebase, is more than welcome!

I've added a wiki page at: which lists current stuff I can think of. I encourage anyone to add anything that I've missed, but if you want to list a Galeon 1.2 feature please categorise it separately smile


26th February 2006 - Galeon 2.0.1

I'm pleased to announce that galeon 2.0.1 has been released. The big point of this release is compatibility with xulrunner, which I'm sure debian users will appreciate smile Also, we've now got firefox/xulrunner compatible typeaheadfind support.

2.0.1 "Look what we found."

27th November 2005 - Galeon 2.0

Yes, the day is finally upon us. As I promised when I announced our future development plans, here's the actual Galeon 2.0 release. Its' been about 3 years and 8 months since work began on the 1.3.x development series and it's been unofficially stable for about half that time - so this acknowledgement of that fact is well past due.

As such, we have another modest changelog:

2.0.0 "One for the road."

The big item is really compatibility with firefox 1.5 (assuming they don't do anything silly in the next couple of days...).

I'll repeat my assurance that this doesn't mean we're just stopping galeon development cold; it's going to be quite a while before enough work has been completed to make epiphany my primary browser so, if nothing else, expect to see periodic releases that keep it compiling against newer mozilla releases. You might even see a bug fix or two. smile

08, Aug 2004 - New Galeon Web site

We are pleased to launch a new website for Galeon, in the past, our website hasn't always been the most up to date site ever. By using a wiki, we hope that users will feel able to contribute to the web site, and add content (FAQ entries, tips, documentation).

To get started editing the site, check out the editing web site page.

Any questions, then contact us and we will help.

21st May 2005 - Galeon 1.3.21 "It's the thought that counts"

This release is primarily to get some nice bug fixes out to everyone; I've highlighted these below. It's also one of the very few times where we didn't need to make any changes to account for new mozilla releases (of course, there are lots of changes to keep up with mozilla cvs).


12th March 2005 - Galeon 1.3.20 "In Soviet Russia focus steals you!"

Gnome 2.10 is out and it's time for another release. The biggest item for this release, as you might guess, is that we think we've finally got a complete workaround for the infamous focus stealing problem that mozilla has. Now you won't find background tabs stealing focus from the url entry or from text entries in the current tab. Otherwise, mostly bug fixes but a couple of nice improvements to work with the enhanced startup notification in gnome 2.10. Finally, if your distro is using the patched firefox, then galeon will be able to do typeaheadfind when built against it.


15th Jan 2005 - Galeon 1.3.19 "Is this what you have been waiting for?"

So, it's been rather longer than we might have hoped since the last release, but what better way to bring in the new year than a new release? Most of the changes are small touches which should make for a better overall experience. We've also finally got a fully functional myportal for the first time in the 1.3.x series smile For those on the bleeding edge, you can now compile and run Galeon against Firefox or Thunderbird, but it's not a completely perfect experience yet; with Firefox, type-ahead-find doesn't work and to get a decent browsing experience out of Thunderbird you'll need to do a custom build that adds in a bunch of extensions they leave out by default, particularly 'wallet', 'cookie' and 'typeaheadfind'.


23 Oct, 2004 - Galeon 1.3.18 "Where's my name?"

Well, it seems we've managed to break our once-a-month release cycle quite comprehensively this time round, but here's the latest release! It's admittedly been a bit of a quiet period, but we do see the return of autobookmarks in a new and improved form (you can configure the selection algorithm) and some handy bug fixes.


08 Aug, 2004 - Galeon 1.3.17 "The one that can (x)print"

Yes, that's right, another month, another release. This one's got quite a few goodies in it along with the usual flood of bug fixes. We've got UI support for Xprint if your mozilla supports it and Ricardo's celebrated his return by implementing vfolders for bookmarks. As in evolution, these allow you to create views of your existing bookmark hierarchy based on various criteria.


02, Aug 2001 - Galeon 0.11.1 Released

21, Aug 2001 - Galeon as a Info-Terminal

look there:

22, Aug 2001 - Galeon 0.11.2 Released

most important it now supports Mozilla 0.9.2

26, Aug 2001 - Galeon 0.11.3 Released

big bugfix.

08, Sep 2001 - Galeon 0.12pre1 Released

this is - as a small error - called 0.11.2pre1 in the mailinglist

11, Sep 2001 - Galeon 0.11.5 Released

fixed a cache bug from 0.11.4. This is the current stable version.

12, Sep 2001 - Galeon 0.12pre3 Released

many bugfixing (same for pre2)

20, Sep 2001 - Galeon 0.12 Released

28, Sep 2001 - gconf fun?

If you can't find gconf-1.0.4, it's on packages will appear somewhere soon (I hope..)

16, Oct 2001 - Galeon 0.12.1 Released

23, Oct 2001 - Galeon 0.12.2 Released

14, Nov 2001 - Galeon 0.12.4 Released

22, Nov 2001 - Galeon 0.12.5 Released

27, Nov 2001 - Galeon 0.12.6 Released

07, Dec 2001 - New Themes and Spinners

The "Illuminate" and "Aquatic" themes and the "Hue" and "BlackAndWhite" spinners have been put up on the page. Thanks guys!

10, Dec 2001 - Galeon 0.12.7 Released

14, Dec 2001 - BlackAndWhite? Spinner Updated

The BlackAndWhite? spinner now has both a small and large version in the package.

18, Dec 2001 - Galeon 0.12.8 Released

20, Dec 2001 - Themes and spinners O My!

Lots of new themes and spinners.

23, Dec 2001 - Announcing... 1.0

At long last, after a year and a half of work, we're proud to announce that Galeon 1.0 has been released. Please proceed immediately to the download page.

01, 2001 - New Spinners and Themes

06, 2001 - Galeon 1.1 Released

This is the development version of galeon. We will continue to release stable version with bugfixes and mozilla compatibility updates (1.0.x releases)

Please note that some backwards compatibility hacks have been removed, removing PREFIX/share/galeon before installing is recommended.

IMPORTANT: the bookmarks format is changed, they will be automatically imported but we suggest to backup them before running galeon, They are in ~/.galeon/bookmarks.xml file. The new bookmarks file will be bookmarks.xbel

08, 2001 - Red Hat 6 RPMs for Galeon 1.0.1

There are RedHat? 6 compatible RPMs avaible now for Galeon 1.0.1 in the dowload section, thanks to Richard Bellavance.

21, 2001 - New Spinners

27, 2001 - Galeon 1.0.2 Released

28, 2001 - Galeon 1.1.1 Released

12, Feb 2002 - Galeon 1.1.2 Released

27, Feb 2002 - Smart Bookmarks Archive

The Galeon web site has a new section designed to allow Galeon users to submit and collect Smart Bookmarks. You can find it on the web site menu, or go directly to .

NOTE: IMPORTANT: This functionality only works with Galeon 1.1.2 or higher.

05, Mar 2002 - Galeon 1.1.3 Released

12, Apr 2002 - Galeon 1.2.0 Released

20, May 2002 - Galeon 1.2.1 Released

25, May 2002 - SuSE? RPMs added

SuSE? 7.3 and 8.0 rpm's have been added to the download page.

23, Jun 2002 - Galeon 1.2.2 Released

25, Jun 2002 - Galeon 1.2.3 Released

08, Jul 2002 - Galeon 1.2.5 released

1.2.4 we are too excited about mozilla 1.0 to stop here smile

26, Sep 2002 - Galeon2 Update

Marco has written up a synopsis of where galeon2 development stands and how you can help.

15, Oct 2002 - Galeon 1.2.6 "Hey, everyone else has wierd release names,

so why don't we?" Released!

Yes! That's right! The first official galeon release with support for all three branches of the mozilla tree! However, this is only source level compatibility, you will need to recompile galeon for the particular mozilla version you are using, but it will compile.

26, Nov 2002 - Galeon 1.3.0 Released

This is the first unstable release based on gnome 2 libraries and gtk2 mozilla.

It's a development version. This means that it will crash, it won't work as expected and it may damage random files of your system. However, we encourage you to test it and report any bug you find, and send us patches if you feel that you can help.

We suggest to backup your .galeon directory before running it. Mozilla gtk2 port is still incomplete. So a patch need to be applied. Instructions are in the INSTALL file inside the package.

Galeon 1.3 has been a nearly complete rewrite. Many features has been retained, some have been dropped, some will be put back in the future, a few have been added. List all the changes would be too long, so just try it out smile

28, Dec 2002 - Galeon 1.2.7 Released

This is a minor bugfix release of the stable branch that fixes a few bugs and adds support for Mozilla 1.2

08, 2002 - Galeon 1.3.1 (unstable) Released!

The 1.3.x branch is a development branch and not designed to replace 1.2.x for the typical user who wants a browser that works.

Having said that, we're grateful for all the brave souls who try it out; we need your feedback to make galeon as good as possible!

19, 2002 - Galeon 1.3.1 tarball updated (whoops)

The original galeon 1.3.1 tarball accidentally didn't include the nautilus-view files, so we've uploaded an updated tarball. Sorry for the confusion.

16, Mar 2003 - Galeon 1.2.8 and 1.3.2 released!

Tada! After a couple of months of quiet, we are happy to announce the release of new version of galeon from both the stable and gnome2 branches.

They are:

Galeon 1.2.8 "Gettextize me captain!"


Galeon 1.3.2 "Stop calling us dead, or we'll haunt you"

They both support Mozilla 1.3b, the latest release (and Galeon 1.3.x requires at least Mozilla 1.3a) and feature bug fixes and 1.3.x also has some nice new features.

In the interest of brevity, the release notes can be found with the files in our sourceforge area; just click on the stable and development links in the top right of the website.

We currently have source tarballs up with rpms on the way.


09, Apr 2003 - Galeon 1.3.3 released

This is the release many of you have been waiting for, it reintroduces the much wanted javascript etc. quick toggles. You're slowly running out of excuses if that has been your reason to stay with the stable 1.2.x releases wink

Even though the 1.3.x branch is a development branch, in practice it is considered stable for every day use.

1.3.3 "Dead man browsing"

17, Apr 2003 - Galeon 1.2.9 Released

This is a compatibility release that adds support for Mozilla 1.3 final. There is also a small fix to the gcc abi wrapper so that realplayer and other old plugins work properly even when galeon and mozilla are compiled with gcc 3.x

19, May 2003 - Galeon 1.2.10 and 1.3.4 Released

Galeon 1.2.10 "Zombie process"

Galeon 1.3.4 "Not bad for a dead guy"

New double release for galeon adds official support for Mozilla 1.4a. 1.3.4 is looking really nice, and while it is still technically unstable,it should do almost everything you want and we'd really like you to check it out!

Checkout the Changelog summaries on sourceforge by following the links at the top-right corner, or even better, download and see for yourself.

Source tarballs are up now. rpms should follow fairly soon.

08, Jul 2003 - Galeon 1.2.11 and 1.3.5 Released

Galeon 1.2.11 "Tommi wishes it would go away"

Galeon 1.3.5 "It's not dead, it's resting"

Yes, that's right, we're not actually dead. So here's a new release to prove it! 1.3.5 adds popup controls and sees the return of a couple of much missed features. And don't forget support for mozilla 1.4rc1!

Checkout the Changelog summaries on sourceforge by following the links at the top-right corner, or even better, download and see for yourself.

Source tarballs are up now. rpms should follow fairly soon.

22, Jul 2003 - Email Archives Link Repaired

It obviously hasn't been a big deal, since no-one's noticed since 2001, but the link on the support page to the galeon-user archives is repaired.

19, Aug 2003 - New 1.3.5 rpm

A new rpm for 1.3.5 compiled for redhat9 compiled against blizzard's mozilla 1.4 rpm's is available in the download area.

20, Aug 2003 - Galeon 1.3.6 Released

Galeon 1.3.6 "3,735,928,559"

Shiny new galeon release, largely provoked by the release of mozilla 1.4 final, although strangely enough, 1.3.5 is source compatible with 1.4; the first time that's ever happened since before mozilla 1.0.

As such, you won't see anything spectacularly big in this release; we've had a lot of bugs fixed with very much appreciated help from Chris Lahey at Ximian and Crispin Flowerday, and there are some subtle improvements.

22, Aug 2003 - Galeon 1.3.7 released!

Galeon 1.3.7 "The paper bag"

25, Aug 2003 - Galeon Developers Interview

The links page lists an interview with some of the Galeon developers. included is discussion on the current state, future direction, and problems involved with the project.

Also included is a place to ask your own questions for a future interview.

04, Sep 2003 - Galeon, A History

We've gotten many questions about why Galeon is the way it is, and here is the answer.

10, Oct 2003 - Galeon 1.3.8 Released!

After far too long, as seems rather common these days, we have a new galeon release for you. 1.3.8 has some nice new features and a revamped bookmark editor as well as a lot of bugfixes.

It's also significant because we're formally announcing that 1.2.x support will be limited to ensuring it still compiles with newer mozilla releases. This has been de facto for a while now, but we're now confident that 1.3.x is a good product for the average user despite its nominal 'unstable' status.

And here's the summarised changes:

Galeon 1.3.8 "What Documentation?"

16, Oct 2003 - Galeon 1.3.9 released!

Ok, we screwed up with the last release and gave you a nasty bug which broke basically all form postings and stylesheets. But don't worry, you can keep the pieces. We'll even offer you this new release, for free! So here goes...

Galeon 1.3.9 "Space for rent"

If even after upgrading you're still experiencing form posting/stylesheet problems, set the default encoding in Preferences/Language (ISO-8859-1 is a good choice unless you know better) and force reload, clear cache, and/or restart Galeon. (Mozilla is quite eager serving cached pages.) This fix works also for 1.3.8.

26, Nov 2003 - Galeon 1.3.10 Released

Over a month has passed since 1.3.9, and since then Mozilla 1.5 has arrived, so its time for a new release:

1.3.10 "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

18, 2003 - Galeon 1.3.11 "XXX: FIXME"

We are pleased to announce a brand new release of Galeon. This releasecontains quite a lot of bug fixes, and, all being well, will be the lastbonoboui based release of Galeon. The future is libegg, and Gtk 2.4.

19, 2003 - Galeon 1.3.11a "XXX: FIXED"

And hot on the heals of 1.3.11, we have another release smile Thanks go to Tim Jackson who very quickly spotted that the font preferences dialogwere not set to their initial state when loading the dialog.

22, Feb 2004 - Galeon 1.3.12 "The One With Documentation"

Here it is! After much parallel development we can finally announce the first egg based release of galeon. So, lots of changes and improvements in this one!

16, Mar 2004 - Galeon 1.3.13 "Lets try that again"

The Galeon developers are pleased to announce a new release. This release fixes a lot of bugs and regressions from the bonoboui->libegg port.

17, Mar 2004 - 1.3.13a

I suppose you can say we were asking for it with a release name like that...

I used the shiny new automake 1.8.2 when building the tarballs and that was obviously a mistake. It fails to include a helper script needed to make installation succeed. I've readded this file and pushed out 1.3.13a tarballs. The in-program version is still reported as 1.3.13 as if you've got galeon installed, you don't have a problem smile

Please get the new tarball and sorry for the mess.

31 May, 2004 - Galeon 1.3.15 "Lots of changes under the hood"

As promised, here's the first gtk+ 2.4 based release. We also made a bunch of other updates - the most significant of which is a serious overhaul of the downloading subsystem - most significantly meaning it doesn't crash all the time smile In the feature restoration department, we see the return of the off-line mode and user stylesheets.

We're well on track towards a 1.4.0 release with most of the feature items we were shooting for implemented. Can't promise when it's going to happen, but we're closer than we were. smile


21 Mar, 2004 - 1.3.14a sigh

Yeah, same problem as last time. Stupid automake 1.8.x

17 Jun, 2004 - Galeon 1.2.14 "End of the Line"

Well, after far too long, here's a new 1.2.x release to coincide with the Mozilla 1.7 release. It's also significant because I'm not planning to try and keep up with mozilla beyond 1.7. AA font support is no longer supported for gtk1 builds of mozilla 1.8, making it pretty clear that it's viewed as deprecated so this seems a good point to stop. Nevertheless, those of you still using 1.2.x, enjoy!


20 Mar, 2004 - Galeon 1.3.14 "Almost A One Man Army"

Yes, it's that time of year again. Development has been quieter than we would have liked, with Crispin pretty much being single handedly responsible for the work in this release. I hope that things will pick up a little in the coming weeks, but we'll see.

This will be the last gtk+ 2.2 based release; the next one will require 2.4. There won't be too much user-visible changes as we've taken advantage of must of the new stuff through libegg already.


03 Jul, 2004 - Galeon 1.3.16 "What do you mean, 'late'?"

Yes, it's roughly that time of the month again, and here's our first official release that's compatible with Mozilla 1.7. There's a lot of small fixes and refinements - particularly the fixing of the annoying crash when deleting cookies.