[IAEP] [OLPC-AU] Browse is old

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at gmail.com
Sat Mar 3 09:09:09 EST 2012

On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM, Jerry Vonau <jvonau at shaw.ca> wrote:
> On Sat, 2012-03-03 at 23:52 +1100, Sridhar Dhanapalan wrote:
>> Browse is old and not useful for a lot of newer content. Our
>> communities are creating content in HTML5, an effort that we want to
>> encourage.
>> However, Browse is based on the Gecko in engine in Firefox 3.6, which
>> is far behind the times. I know that is is being ported to WebKit [1]
>> as part of the GTK+3 transition. However, it'll be at least a year
>> before we roll out a GTK+3 version of Sugar in our schools. What can
>> we do in the interim?
>> We can load a different Web browser, especially since now since saved
>> files can be shared with the journal via the Documents/ directory [3].
>>  The best I've found is an Opera wrapper from Flavio [2]. It scores
>> much higher than Browse for HTML5 compliance [4], but nowhere near as
>> much as Firefox 10 or Chromium 17. Also, Opera is proprietary
>> software.
>> Sridhar
>> [1] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Features/WebKit
>> [2] http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4503
>> [3] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/0.94/Notes#Easier_file_exchange..
>> [4] http://html5test.com/
> The biggest blocker for browse supporting HTML5 right now is that latest
> urlrunner that does support HTML5 from fedora(the last update before
> becoming EOL'd) is blocked from installation by olpc-os-builder by
> having the rpm present in the olpc rpm repositories.[0] I'm unsure if
> there are any changes done to the rpm by olpc or if this is fallout from
> building the olpc rpms for both i386 and arm while arm was in
> development.

Yes, there's a bug that's patched.


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