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Postby rruyter » 04 Apr 2010, 23:08

Are there any initiatives to provide a (light weight) web browser for the EM7080? Like Dillo, Minimo, NetFront, NetSurf, Opera and Woosh?
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Re: Web browser

Postby Alex » 05 Apr 2010, 14:12

At the moment (from our side) no.
Porting a browser would require a few things. We wouldn't use a license-based (payware) browser like Opera. A small footprint browser would be the best.
You would need access to the framebuffer on the EM7080. No public code for that exists, and we couldn't release it, since it is covered by a general Realtek non-disclosure agreement.

However, someone with enough time could reverse-engineer it based on code already out there.
For example, the blog http://consumerelectronicshacker.blogspot.com/ has posted examples running 'hello world' on Realtek hardware using graphics mode.

The legality of the leaked code it is based on, is not something i want to go much into here. It's Realtek's property, they are the only ones that could 'do something about it'.

Summarizing, porting a browser would take considerable time, which means money. The question would also be, if the end result will be acceptable as well for end users.
Once you add a browser, will it properly display all popular websites ? Be fast enough ? Have flash & java support ? Consumer demand may be different from your personal needs..
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Re: Web browser

Postby rruyter » 07 Apr 2010, 12:28

Alex, thanks for your response.

Some webbrowsers indeed use the framebuffer. Links2 has the following interfacing features:

Links runs in graphics mode (mouse required) on X Window System (UN*X, Cygwin), SVGAlib, Linux Framebuffer, OS/2 PMShell, AtheOS GUI.

I guess, but please correct me if I am wrong, that SVGAlib and/or Linux Framebuffer could be use on the EM7080?

With reference to your other comments. You're quitte right. It's a solid effort in development time and results may be disappointing.

I would like to give it a go however.
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Re: Web browser

Postby rruyter » 26 Apr 2010, 13:02

Hoi Alex,

Even verder in het Nederlands.

Gezien het beperkte geheugen van de speler en het gebruik daarvan door o.a. NzbGet, vind ik verder onderzoek naar de mogelijkheden van een web browser te academisch. Als ik het al aan de praat krijg, zal ik daarvoor eerst de nodige geheugen ruimte vrij moeten maken door zoveel mogelijk applicaties niet automatisch op te laten starten bijv.

Verder denk ik dat ook de beperkte processing power een grote bottle-neck gaat vormen.

(wireless) USB keyboard/mouse support zal als ik de contributies in de fora zo lees ook niet worden toegevoegd. Alternatief is gebruik van de AB, waarbij je hem gebruikt zoals bijv. bij het opstellen van SMSjes (Transploft :lol: ).

Al met al is de ontwikkelweg voor mij als eenpitter te hobbelig om hier verder mee te gaan experimenteren.

Zijn er anders nog anderen die hier op SW gebied aan de web browser bij willen dragen?
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