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Slimjet web browser
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stvjhson

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jan 2015, 14:25    Post_subject:  Slimjet web browser  

I've run into this Slimjet browser a few days ago. It is from the same company (FlashPeak) which made the SlimBoat browser. To clarify the difference, SlimBoat is based on the community-maintained webkit while Slimjet is based on Google's blink engine. As a matter of fact, most browser vendors have chosen to go with Blink and I guess FlashPeak has decided to follow the suit.

The linux version is released a couple of days ago. I tried it on precise puppy 5.7.1 and it works smoothly. They provide a 50+ MB tar.xz archive which you can just extract and run out of the box.

As far as features are concerned, most of the features available in Chromium are kept while there are an impressive set of additional features such as facebook sharing, customizable toolbar, video downloading, etc (similar to SlimBoat). And yes, it can sync all the bookmarks in your google account and is compatible with most Chrome extensions.

I've attached a screenshot of Slimjet running on precise 5.7.1.

The home page is http://www.slimjet.com
The download page is http://www.slimjet.com/en/dlpage.php

On the download page, choose the 32-bit tar.xz zip package.
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wboz

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jan 2015, 14:58    Post_subject:  

How is memory usage? I have used Slimboat and Slimbrowser on Windows previously and it was a massive memory saver -- very cool for machines where RAM was the most limiting factor.

My major complaint is they seem to have trouble either with development commitment or branding (not sure which) ... every few years they come up with a new browser name and the older one seems to go stagnant. In this case it's Slimjet, but, at least I'm glad it's available for Linux.

Other questions:
Is it in the Ubuntu repositories?
Does it let you set maximum cache size?
Does it support GPU hardware acceleration? (Chrome doesn't, which is why I keep firefox around ... not sure what Google is thinking given the lead they're taking in WebGL sites)
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stvjhson

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jan 2015, 18:24    Post_subject:  

I haven't found it in ubuntu repositories yet. Maybe it will take some time to get there.
Yes. it has option to set cache size and directory.

I am not sure about the GPU acceleration. I see there is an option called "Use hardware acceleration when available". I guess the actual availability depends on the graphics driver.

As for the brand change, I can understand those guys to some extent. SlimBoat is probably more memory efficient and takes less hard disk space since the qtwebkit engine is more compact than blink. However, webkit is falling behind in terms of html5 support compared with blink. You will run into compatibility issues with various websites in the case of SlimBoat.

And there is the flash support issue. If you want to stay up to date on the flash player, you have to go with blink+google's pepper flash. Otherwise, you are stuck with flash v12 forever.

wboz wrote:
How is memory usage? I have used Slimboat and Slimbrowser on Windows previously and it was a massive memory saver -- very cool for machines where RAM was the most limiting factor.

My major complaint is they seem to have trouble either with development commitment or branding (not sure which) ... every few years they come up with a new browser name and the older one seems to go stagnant. In this case it's Slimjet, but, at least I'm glad it's available for Linux.

Other questions:
Is it in the Ubuntu repositories?
Does it let you set maximum cache size?
Does it support GPU hardware acceleration? (Chrome doesn't, which is why I keep firefox around ... not sure what Google is thinking given the lead they're taking in WebGL sites)
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