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SRWare 'Iron' browser; 64-bit SFS packages
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Sat 06 May 2017, 12:07    Post subject:  

Hello, quirkian2new.

Yes, it's an 'odd' one. Iron these days is very closely modelled on Chrome itself.

GoogleEarth, the new version, is now on its own webpage; Google have decided they're not going to release any more desktop clients. I'm currently 'beta-testing' 64-bit Chrome 59.....and I get the same problem you have.

Using Chrome's newest browser to try and view their very own Google Earth, what do I get? 'Your system doesn't support WebGL. Please try another computer...'

I suspect it's more to do with your video card, than any failing of the combination of Puppy/Chrome/Iron... Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Sat 06 May 2017, 17:10    Post subject:  

Hi again, quirkian2new.

After some research, I've discovered it is possible to enable WebGL.....but you've got to do some digging around in the guts of the thing to do so.

If you type chrome://flags into the address bar, and press 'Enter', you'll come to the 'Experiments' section.

The very first entry, 'Override Software Rendering List', needs to be set to 'Enable'. Then, scroll about 3/4 of the way down the list. You're looking for 'WebGL 2.0'. This wants to be changed from 'Default' to 'Enabled'. Then, re-start Iron. All things being equal, WebGL should now be active in Iron.

One other thing; go into 'Settings'->'Advanced Settings', and make sure that Iron is set to 'Use hardware acceleration where available'.....and while you're there, disable 'Continue running background apps when Iron is closed'. It's not necessary, and wastes resources.

Hopefully, that'll do what you want. Let me know how you get on with it, please.


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PostPosted: Sat 06 May 2017, 20:37    Post subject:
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hello, Mike,

followed your procedures above, yes, it's now working and the video can be viewed properly.

thanks again
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PostPosted: Sun 07 May 2017, 06:43    Post subject:
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quirkian2new wrote:
hello, Mike,

followed your procedures above, yes, it's now working and the video can be viewed properly.

thanks again


Excellent. Good to know I wasn't faffing around pointlessly after all!

I say that, because often stuff doesn't work in my Pups the way it's supposed to.....or if it does, it seems to be unreproducible on other folk's hardware.

Go figure. Glad it's worked for you. The tip about the 'Override Software Rendering' I got from a Googlegroups blog session, after a search on DuckDuckGo; seems we weren't the only guys trying to figure this one out! Apparently a lot of folks are having problems getting the new GoogleEarth to behave itself... Rolling Eyes

Good old Google..! (not)


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PostPosted: Mon 08 May 2017, 15:06    Post subject:  

***New Version: Iron 58.0.3050.0***

Evening, all.

I'd nearly given up on this one (it's been almost 3 months), since SRWare have skipped over version 57, and gone straight to 58 (based on the same release of Chromium). Chromium 56 & 57 were 'problematic' (at least for me), giving all kinds of daft errors when trying to access any of Google's multitudinous sites.

Part of the reason I switched to DuckDuckGo a while back, after years of using the big 'G's search engine.....

Just as with Chrome & Chromium 58, you'll find the tooltips have changed appearance; now white on a black background, instead of the reverse. And the first time you access tooltips on any webpage, they show as a blank, black box; upon re-accessing, they'll work as normal. Slightly annoying, but it's something that can be 'lived with'.

The current release of Pepper is included for now.....but I think the new method of obtaining PepperFlash (first seen in Chrome 54) is active in this one; it should update itself. The included Pepper may quite possibly be redundant; I've only included it to make certain.

(See the Chrome thread for details of how to enable this the first time round:-

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=928393#928393 )

If anybody needs to enable WebGL 2.0 for whatever reason, see my reply to quirkian2new above.

EDIT:- Nope, Pepper is still required in the adobe-flashplugin directory as usual; this release is not making use of the auto-download/update capability like Chrome itself does.....so that's obviously another specifically Google thing.

Anyhow; now it's here at long last, enjoy..!


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PostPosted: Tue 09 May 2017, 18:54    Post subject:  

***58.0.3050.0 re-uploaded with newest PepperFlash***


Apologies to anyone who's downloaded the new version within the last 24 hours. Since Adobe released the newest version of PepperFlash just this afternoon, I figured it would make sense to re-package and re-upload, so everything's up-to-date at the same time..!

If you re-download, you'll be current with Pepper for the next few weeks at least.....

Sorry for the messing around.


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PostPosted: Tue 09 May 2017, 19:01    Post subject:  

Mike Walsh wrote:


Part of the reason I switched to DuckDuckGo a while back, after years of using the big 'G's search engine.....


Hi Mike,
You might try Startpage! It's a search based on google with lots
of privacy built in.

https://startpage.com/

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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Tue 09 May 2017, 20:21    Post subject:  

orrin wrote:
Mike Walsh wrote:


Part of the reason I switched to DuckDuckGo a while back, after years of using the big 'G's search engine.....


Hi Mike,
You might try Startpage! It's a search based on google with lots
of privacy built in.

https://startpage.com/


Hi, orrin.

Mm. I have heard of it. I'll give it a look at some point in the next couple of days; I'm heading up the 'wooden hill', mate....the SandMan is beckoning! Razz

Thanks for the tip. Cheers.


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