Falkon: Development Update, Mar 2023

Weird news from development of Falkon web browser.


History browser

When filter is not empty, do not delete the whole history under a date if the date entry is selected. This is especially cruel when trying to remove multiple entries and using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A, Good Bey History. Now the entries unrelated to the filtering phrase should not be deleted. While I also deleted my whole history, this was reported at bugzilla.



Fix crash when working with bookmarks. This was reported on KDE Invent a while ago and I promised to integrate it into next release. Well, I missed few releases and here it is.


Cosmetic updates only.

Add support for the dark theme

Last time I missed AdBlock blocking page. I have few excuses why that is, I did not see this page in a long time and I did not look well enough into the code. There are few more random html files in the code base which I still did not look at.

Properly show the BLOCKED page

This feature was broken due to some Chromium or QtWebEngine security thing which does not allow to redirect a request to a data URL. The user was greeted only with ERR_UNSAFE_REDIRECT chromium page without any knowledge why. This temporary workaround works around this issue (I am already thinking of a bit nicer execution of it).

Clean up default subscription lists

The default subscription list is old and when I went over the links they did not work, so I deleted them. One was working fine, while still seemed outdated at least it could load with different domain (had problem with SSL and domain name).


Change to use MAP format was merged. SO far nobody complained to me. I also have a small program which I put together from pieces of Falkon code to export the passwords from old binary based KWallet format. I think of putting it into either separate repository or into “contrib” folder.


Just few small changes which noone will notice or will think as “should be there” feature.

Articles from blogs I follow:

Richard Stallman's political discourse on sex

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, has been subject to numerous allegations of misconduct. He stepped down in 2019, and following his re-instatement in 2021, a famous open letter was published in which numerous organizations and i…

via Drew DeVault's blog November 25, 2023

Upgrading to FreeBSD 14 - how to fix a broken BIOS bootcode

A lot of people running ZFS zroot have managed to break their FreeBSD systems upgrading from 13.2 to the new 14.0 release because of a broken BIOS bootcode. In this tutorial I'll show you how you can fix that without having to reinstall.

via unixsheikh.com November 22, 2023

C++ Guidelines

C++ is definitely a language that has Lots of Ways to do It – kind of like Perl’s TIMTOWTSAC. A consequence is that when writing code, you need to think about which way to do things. When context-switching between projects, employers, or what-have-you, yo…

via [bobulate] November 21, 2023

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