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Re: Which best browser??

Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:11 pm

Using an RPi3, Raspbian, /root moved to a USB-SSD and lxde replaced with xfce, "Iceweenie"* is an acceptable browser for most websites. I have used this combination as a general purpose browsing desktop for some time with decent results. I wish Raspbian would follow the examples of the Ubuntu Mate RPi distro and Arnie Exton's ArchPi and include access to Firefox. Alas, it is chained to Deb Jessie.

I have used Firefox Sync to transfer all my preferences, bookmarks and history to the Iceweenie on my RPi3 and the memory loading does not seem excessive according to Htop. You do not want to open too many tabs though or the memory load will be too much but it is much more satisfactory than the cr*p-ware Epiphany that seems to crash randomly and for no apparent reason.

I do not recommend using the lame-*ssed wifi on the RPi3 board for such web intensive applications unless you are right next to the router or AP. The puny chip antenna just does not cut it. Size really does matter, especially with uWave RF. They would have been better off to just leave it off, or charge a buck more and put the uFL connector on. I am currently awaiting the arrival of some uFL connectors to solder on the bottom side, remove the chip and put a real antenna on it. Ethernet is the only long range solution for now.

* My irreverent renaming of "Iceweasel"

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Re: Which best browser??

Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:24 am

It is sad that there is no Chromium support for ARMv6, but that would require extensive patching with someone who is knowledgeable with the code base. ARMv7 is becoming more mainstream and as ARMv6 is phased out on the Pi products, it no longer makes sense to even put such effort in. Chromium would not be that usable anyway with 512MB of RAM so it's never going to happen.
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Re: Which best browser??

Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:25 pm

I like using luakit which can be found at https://github.com/luakit/luakit
It is way faster than Epiphany or Chromium.
However for playing videos I guess no browser is too suitable. Because of that, I use the omxplayer GUI for viewing video material from the web. It uses the video core of the pi and therefore does not harm the CPU which is not efficient in any way regarding video decoding!


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Re: Which best browser??

Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:01 am

Wayne Keenan wrote:this installs a recent version of Chromium on Jessie

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mkdir chromium
cd chromium
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/237755896/libgcrypt11_1.5.3-2ubuntu4.3_armhf.deb
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/248437551/chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_49.0.2623.87-0ubuntu0.
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/248437549/chromium-browser_49.0.2623.87-0ubuntu0.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Thank you!
Finally I found a way to get a functional, although probably a bit dated by now, version of chrome browser operational on my recently aquired Pi 3B.

/Ola J

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