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Re: Boiling the Oceans [was Re: GNUstep Live on OSnews]

From: Riccardo Mottola
Subject: Re: Boiling the Oceans [was Re: GNUstep Live on OSnews]
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 21:05:35 +0200
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Ivan Vučica wrote:

That is, if we added manhours which we don't quite have, and SWK could become usable on, say, top 50 sites of the modern web, it would no longer be lightweight

Would you consider it lightweight once it could run Facebook desktop experience? Or Google Docs? No matter what one may think about particular products, sites like this are what's important for a regular user to consider something a browser.

It should not support them! not in full experience at least... to use those monstruosities you can barely use Firefox.
That is why I usually have two browsers installed on all of my systems.

As I wrote, being an GNUstep version of NetSurf or Dillo would be a medium term goal for SWK+Vespucci and I think it would be useful and cater to people who like simple and fast thigns. As said, something I can run on my Raspberry easily. It should be capable of displaying GS documentation for example. Wikipedia "well enough" without full stylesheets. It should be able to make searches in things like duckduckgo

No JavaScript or, medium-term, simple enough JavaScript to perform some basic operation that are useful

Otherwise it would be indeed a full reimplementation. After all, there is not such difference in "weight" between the major browsers. I think Gecko is one of the best, but not the fastest. I don't like the chrome engine at all, even if it is embedded inside Opera, however it excels in certain things.. Even IE 11 has its superiority to the other two. But once you punch these through big interactive sites (like cloud sites) they all will require tons of memory and at least 2 Cores.

I explicitely chimed in when I saw NetSurf cited.


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