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Old 02-14-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Webkit Browser (Safari's Engine) with Beta Release

Edit: There's a beta release in this post.

I don't know why, but I've decided I really want a good, working, web browser on the iLiad. Maybe it's Kindle envy, maybe I spend too much time porting when I should be working, who knows.

WebKit seems to be all the rage these days. They have builds of it for just about every platform, and the iPhone has really brought it into the mainstream. So my goal is to port WebKit to the iLiad and provide a useful interface for browsing.
  • It must be able to use the pagebar to page up and down.
  • Screen refreshes must not be obtrusive, and should be responsive. (Native refreshes only, no hacked libX11)
  • Support for Bookmarks and Recent URL's.
  • Easy to install package that can run from anywhere.

I've got Webkit compiled, and I'm using midori as a front end. Right now, the only page I can visit without it locking up is Google.com. But hopefully with some more bugsquashing, we can have a real, working browser on the iLiad.
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:47 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-2008, 02:36 AM   #3
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Nice. This will be a very good addition to the iLiad. Thanks for your work Adam.,
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:12 AM   #4
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Thanks Adam, do you actually use the Iliad to read books or just porting?, if so where did get the time? Please tell us the magic trick.

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Old 02-15-2008, 03:27 AM   #5
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:01 AM   #6
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Thanks Adam, do you actually use the Iliad to read books or just porting?, if so where did get the time? Please tell us the magic trick.

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I don't do as much reading as I'd like. I use my iLiad at work mostly for a notepad and for documentation...
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:49 AM   #7
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Hey Adam B., I hold your "I-wanna-do-it-all-without-hacked-libX11" in high regard.
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:29 AM   #8
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Nice!
Webkit is BTW not "Opera-based". It is originally based on the KHTML rendering engine (from KDE) and used by Apple as the rendering engine of Safari. It is currently also being used in the Google's Android platform as well as in Trolltech's Qtopia.
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:38 PM   #9
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It turns out Javascript was causing the browser to lock up. Once I turned it off, it's smooth sailing...

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Old 02-20-2008, 01:49 PM   #10
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This you HAD to come up with while my Iliad is away for the battery refit.. argh ... I wants this webkit thing! I wants it ... my precious ...
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:18 PM   #11
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This you HAD to come up with while my Iliad is away for the battery refit.. argh ... I wants this webkit thing! I wants it ... my precious ...
It's OK, you're not missing out. He's just teasing us with screenshots at the moment. There'll be t-shirts and lunch-boxes and Adam B. action figures before we get to see the browser itself
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:45 AM   #12
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I just received my shipment box for the battery replacement. I hope to have a beta release of this today before I ship out my iLiad (and am without it for a week or so ).

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Old 02-21-2008, 12:21 PM   #13
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I'm attaching a beta release of Midori/Webkit

It's beta for a few reasons:
  • Some links will randomly cause the browser to crash.
  • The "File" menu doesn't always work (you'll need it to quit the program). Sometimes you may have to click "edit", "view" or some other menu to get the menus to start showing up.
  • Javascript has been disabled. You won't be able to browse any sites using it.
  • In order to use the pagebar to page up and down, you'll need to first tap the browser area
  • Clicking links can be a bit tricky, you'll need to make sure you tap quickly with the stylus, or it will highlight the text instead of going there.
  • You'll need some connetion scripts to connect to the internet before you use the browser.
  • Text entry into the address bar won't show up until you exit the keyboard.

If that list doesn't scare you, go ahead and download it. I think it's the best browser on the iLiad yet. The screen refreshes are all done internally, so they shouldn't be too troublesome. The pagebar and up/down arrow keys work. Most web pages look just fine with it.

Check it out and let me know what you think.
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:51 PM   #14
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Great job , and it´s "only" a Beta-release..

Subjective more performance than minimo.

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Old 03-11-2008, 07:14 AM   #15
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Yep,

I install your webkit, he looks like great but he doesn't works with my Connection manager. Wich one are you using to provide a good LAN (not wireless) connection on you iLiad ?
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