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Review: Linux Browsers, Part 2

Feb 26, 2010, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])


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"HV3 is a world apart from the average web browser. The browser's site describes it as an experiment in creating “modern web browser components” from the Tcl/Tk platform. The project has two parts, the Hv3 cross-platform browser and the Tkhtml3 widget for developers.

"HV3 started up in about 8 seconds. YouTube displayed but noted that Javascript was off or the browser was using an old version of Flash. Similarly, the base elements of the Pandora homepage rendered, but not the login dialog. CNN rendered fine, although multimedia elements were rough. The browser includes a neat debugging tool “Polipo” that provided a log of errors.

"Looking through the menu bar, I found an option for ECMAscript, which provides Javascript support and which was unfortunately also grayed out. There seemed to be no provisions for add-ons, although visiting some ad-laden websites showed that none of them displayed ads – a byproduct of lack of Javascript support? There is an option that displays cookies, but apparently does not permit users to delete them. Footprint on startup was super-low: 120kB. (That's 'k' as in 'k', not 'm'.)"

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