New web browser optimized for RaspberryPi.

raspberrypi_browser

People in Collabora the last few months are working on a html5 (webkit) web browser optimized for Arm powered devices. This means that if things work out we will have a promising new browser for our Raspberries. Some of the features are :

  • A good multi-tab experience
  • ARMv6-optimized 2d rendering
  • Accelerated image and HTML5 video decoding
  • Memory optimizations

You can already download a version but be aware that installing this beta may break other elements of your system, so better do a backup first.

To install follow these steps:

deb http://raspberrypi.collabora.com wheezy web

to /etc/apt/sources.list, and then type:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser cgroup-bin libraspberrypi0 libwayland-client0 libwayland-cursor0 libwayland-server0a

Start the browser from the applications menu, “Internet”, “Web”. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, our new kernel supports cgroups which the browser can use to receive notification of impending out of memory (OOM) events, allowing it to preemptively deallocate resources. To enable cgroups, add the following to your kernel command line:

cgroup_enable=memory

 

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