Google Chrome's about:flags page has gone missing (update: it's back!)
After recently upgrading to Chrome 14.0.835.159 beta, I noticed that the "experimental new tab page" was no longer working. Though disappointing, there was a very prominent warning that these features could change or disappear. That's not the problem, per se.
What is a problem is that
about:flags, the page where you enable this and other experimental features, is mysteriously missing. It's just gone. The browser returns a generic "page not found" message:
This webpage is not available
The webpage at chrome://flags/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.
Error 300 (net::ERR_INVALID_URL): Unknown error.
This issue is easily replicated in both Windows and OS X.
I asked this question on superuser this morning to no avail. After a little more searching, I came across Chrome's Release History page on Wikipedia. The final entry indicates that this was done intentionally.
|Major version||Release date||WebKit version||V8 engine version||Operating system support||Significant changes|
|15.0.874||2011-09-09||535.2||3.6.0||Windows Mac Linux||Faster print preview. Removed chrome://flags experiments: Experimental new tab page on by default. Switched to FFmpeg native VP8 decoder.|
This doesn't appear to be a particularly popular move, but these options are still available for those running dev releases. Hopefully this gets merged back in to the beta channel soon. We people running beta software like this sort of geekery
Update: version 14.0.835.162 beta fixed this issues by re-enabling the
about:flags pages. All experimental features should be functional again.