Gomoto
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Really Fast Browser Inside!

Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:57 pm

This is an old thread, new info and version available in this thread:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 66&t=35281

Chromium is a good browsing solution and the webkit engine is quite fast at rendering when it is already running. But I can not stand the very long start up time of the everything but the kitchen sink approach.

So for my quick browsing needs on the pi:

web

A mini web browser build on libwebkitgtk.
Featuring: uri text entry, new window on shift click, ... and ... nothing else! :twisted:

(I forgot about the startup time of less than a second on my pi)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAbQhrNmX-s
(very low quality video: web vs. chromium)
web-1.0.tar.gz
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Cloudcentric
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:11 pm

Have you tried Luakit, it is in the Repository ?
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Gomoto
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:15 pm

Yes,
have you watched the startup video 8-)

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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:31 pm

Gomoto wrote:Yes,
have you watched the startup video 8-)
Difficult on a Raspberry Pi 256MB running Raspbian "wheezy"
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Gomoto
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:05 pm

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8VuF9r ... sp=sharing

Not really, you could just watch this mp4 with omxplayer :D

Gomoto
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:22 pm

New version available!
Vastly more useful
(Now with back button, home "google" button and lxde menu file) :lol:
web_1.0-1_armhf.deb.tar.gz
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Install Instructions:
tar xf web_1.0-1_armhf.deb.tar.gz
sudo dpkg -i web_1.0-1_armhf.deb
screenshot_web.jpg
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Gomoto
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:08 am

And my next (pet) project:

A mini word processor for the pi:
miniWordProcessor.jpg
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nhslzt
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:59 am

hi, I'm interested in trying out your browser, as I'd like to use the pi as a simple browsing pc.
Can it be made even faster using the trick described here, in the answer from goldilocks?
And, what does that file do exactly? Does it load just the browser in X, and not the desktop environment?

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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:44 am

You can start just the browser without desktop from the console:

xinit /usr/bin/web

But I think a much better option is to use pure openbox

xinit /usr/bin/openbox-session

I switched to the silent Pi for all day to day tasks. I use the minimal browser (only fire up chromium for google drive backups). The big box (energy waste x100 & noise) is only used once a week for printing :lol: , because I was to lazy to connect the printer via ethernet yet.

Most important fix for me to make the pi usable and more responsive for desktop use was the addition of this kernel option to /boot/cmdline.txt (check CPU usage while moving and clicking your mouse. If you reach 100% try this!)

usbhid.mousepoll=10

Gomoto
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:11 am

And if you want to surf even faster turn off javascript in the source code ;-)

Might use this as standard setting in the next version and a button to turn it on, but that would not be minimalist anymore?

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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:54 am

Moderators, please lock this thread, updated thread with up to date info available.

this is the new thread:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 66&t=35281
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Re: Really Fast Browser Inside!

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:55 am

Gomoto wrote:You can start just the browser without desktop from the console:
xinit /usr/bin/web
But I think a much better option is to use pure openbox
xinit /usr/bin/openbox-session

Most important fix for me to make the pi usable and more responsive for desktop use was the addition of this kernel option to /boot/cmdline.txt
usbhid.mousepoll=10
Thank you, I'll try them out!

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