Pyra without decent web browser?

Discussion in 'Pyra OS (Debian GNU/Linux)' started by SneHebNor, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. DoodleMonger

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    I tried every browser I saw, and QupZilla was the only one which rendered minds.com and was also somewhat usable. It's still shockingly awful, but it works.

    I've been using Pale Moon as my desktop browser for some time now, so that would be my preference. I just think a "name brand" browser would be easier for other users, even if that were a lot of work. Unfortunately I don't know enough to help. :(
     
  2. PCXT

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    I'm successfully using PaleMoon on Eee PC 900. This is a 900MHz i686 Celeron. With quite large probability Pyra will be computationally faster.
    The key things here:
    1. Do not use more than 3 tabs for applications.
    2. Enable JS on one or two.
    3. Use obsolete Flash player for YT.

    Details:
    1 - there may be more than 3 tabs open, but unloaded or without complex things (viewing static page or sites generated locally from other sites are OK).
    2 - NoScript + whitelist. And I recommend it for everyone as it greatly improves security by the cost of knowledge who is trying to mess with your computer :).
    3 - Seriously, on every slower PC I found Flash videos running faster than HTML5. I don't know why. Probably HTML5 implementation uses some optimizations/accelerations/instructions not present since some Core iX revisions.
     
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  3. levi

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    On slower computers, I've found you-get (or any other youtube downloader really, but you-get is what I use currently) piped into mplayer gives me even better results than flash does. Twitter vids play kind of strangely, but they do play at least.
     
  4. DoodleMonger

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    I think the more capable the device, the more I will be tempted to push what it can do. Right now I'm fine for downloading things before playing them. (Though I'm glad I'm not like Stallman for the internet). The various adblock/noscript are defaults for qupzilla, which was nice.

    The Pyra will be substantially faster, so maybe my demands will be greater.
     
  5. PCXT

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    Digging the topic again.
    Recently YT hidden their Flash version in another place again and I found that for smooth playing of HTML5 video in 720px resolution, two 64-bit cores of my AMD CPU (old Turion at 2.2GHz) are burning in 100% usage. 360px videos eat about 75%. Would Pyra's SoC be able to play videos in such requiring technology?
     
  6. OppositeDay

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    I'm using qutebrowser on Linux (and Firefox on Windows). It's like the vim of browsers in terms of how it's controlled, I think it could be a good fit for the Pyra. (We could have a deb in the official Pyra repo.)
     
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  7. Silent-Hunter

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    I love it! But only with the webengine backend
     
  8. levi

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    I don't know for sure, but I'll just note that html5 video also eats more CPU on my 1.6GHz atom cored netbook than the old flash version does, but then again these days I use you-get to pull a video url out of any youtube url (and a few others too), and I pipe that into mplayer using the -p flag, and then I can play full 720p versions of things (albeit downscaled to the 600 vertical pixels of this screen) just fine. I suspect the Pyra may need a dedicated app to play the things well, like my netbook, my Pandora and my 3DS.
     
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  9. Letalis Sonus

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    That's because the browser developers keep failing at integrating the HW acceleration APIs for video decoding into their sandboxing design, it's the same reason why Firefox lost its ALSA support entirely - piping data to an entirely different process is simply much easier to isolate.

    Chrome only supports VA-API on ChromeOS, you need a compile flag for Chromium to enable it otherwise - and it is utterly broken on non-Intel GPUs, other APIs aren't supported at all. Firefox doesn't support anything on Linux to begin with. Flash at least had buggy VDPAU support.

    Not sure how it's on Windows, but they face the same problems there - and Flash generally runs more efficient than on Linux.
     
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  10. second exodous

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    Hmm, I guess this is why watching youtube through the app on my phones and tablets makes them last longer than in the browser. I like the experience better in a browser but man that drains the battery.
     

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