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xman


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PostPosted: Mon 01 Oct 2012, 01:29    Post subject:  SlimBoat browser
Subject description: Webkit: Ubuntu, Mac, Windows
 

Forum search didn't find anything of SlimBoat browser: http://www.slimboat.com/en/

Old XP needs a lightweigth browser such as Trident based SlimBrowser made by FlashPeak. SlimBrowser is for Windows but now FlashPeak is developing SlimBoat for Linux, Mac and Windows. SlimBoat is a lightweight Webkit browser. I have very bad feelings about Webkit based Midori, but still I have to test SlimBoat.

There is 32bit and 64bit Ubuntu versions of SlimBoat, but I am not so familiar with Webkit, so I tested exe version in Racy 5.3. Wined SlimBoat had same problem as it has in Windows OS: It won't open https sites.

Edit: 2nd try in Windows with portable 1.1.4 and now I can open Gmail and other https sites.

Anyone tried Ubuntu version?

Edit: Xth try and Ubuntu 32bit Slimboat 1.1.11 works in Precise-5.4.1.1 after two packages installed:

http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/i386/libgstreamer0.10-0/download
http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/i386/libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0/download

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Oct 2012, 10:38    Post subject:  

Interesting find, is it open source, it only say freeware license.

What the difference between SlimBoat and SlimBrowser?

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xman


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PostPosted: Tue 02 Oct 2012, 03:10    Post subject:  

darkcity wrote:
What the difference between SlimBoat and SlimBrowser?

FlashPeak Inc. is developer of both Slims, but SlimBrowser uses Internet Explorer's proprietary Trident layout engine, and SlimBoat uses open source Webkit layout engine. SlimBrowser is over ten years old veteran but SlimBoat is a newcomer. SlimBrowser is for Windows only, SlimBoat is for Windows, Mac and Linux.
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Oct 2012, 10:54    Post subject:  

Thats interesting, I hadnt heard of another company using Internet Explorers layout engine.
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Oct 2012, 15:28    Post subject:  

I wrote about https sites as SlimBoat showstopper. I have to draw back my words. Second try was more succesful. I downloaded portable SlimBoat for Windows to Windows and extracted it. Gmail and other https sites are working now.
darkcity wrote:
Thats interesting, I hadnt heard of another company using Internet Explorers layout engine.

Yes, there is some lightweight and fast Trident based browsers such as SlimBrowser, GreenBrowser and Avant Lite. I prefer SlimBrowser. Some browsers can use Trident and one or two other layout engines (Webkit, Gecko): Maxthon, Sleipnir, Avant and Lunascape. Even Chromium and Firefox and their variants can use Trident with IE tab extension.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Oct 2012, 01:48    Post subject:  

As I considered earlier, there have been some ssl issue: FlashPeak updated SlimBoat to 1.1.5 and fixed ssl library issue.

SlimBoat 1.1.5 uses QtWebkit 4.7.4.0. I have tried earlier other QtWebkit browser, Nokia QtWeb, but QtWeb had problems to save browser settings or bookmarks and so on. SlimBoat is better and highly configurable. There is possibility to import bookmarks from Firefox, IE or SlimBrowser. I imported bookmarks succesfully from SlimBrowser.

SlimBoat is not yet so polished as SlimBrowser but they are close.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Oct 2012, 13:20    Post subject:  

QtWeb is IIRC rather independent of Nokia.

SlimBrowser sounds useful, once they finish polishing it.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Oct 2012, 13:42    Post subject: OffByOne  

Don't know if this is relevant/of interest/off topic.

There was a minimal browser for XP called OffByOne.

It is not maintained but you can still download it.

It understands text, pictures, CSS etc.

It doesn't do anything with Javascript so is no good for most interactive sites.

I can't remember if it understood Flash/MPEG-2 etc.

Not available for Linux but it might work in Wine.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Oct 2012, 15:07    Post subject:  

starhawk wrote:
QtWeb is IIRC rather independent of Nokia.

SlimBrowser sounds useful, once they finish polishing it.

Very Happy Yes, maybe I exaggerate when I said that Slims are close together. SlimBoat can be described early alpha, while SlimBrowser is super stable. SlimBrowser is only browser which can open and play Silverlight videos in my old XP laptop. Flash performance is also best but not great.

Ubuntu version isn't directly Racy compatible: Deb installs but Slimboat don't open in Racy. Question

I did some more dirtywork with wine and 32 bit Slimboat exe in Racy. I installed flashplayer 10.3.183.25 for Windows to play flash videos. Test video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvmIByrcwAQ, is very nice Cool but flash crashes if I try play it full screen. Not a big problem, zoom works lovely.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Oct 2012, 21:27    Post subject: Running it on MacPup  

I'm running Slim Browser on MacPup on a very old Toshiba Tecra. That's because I need a reasonably functional browser. So far it runs quite fast, but it will crash when trying to download files. This is too bad since it is the fastest browser going on this machine with the exception of Puppybrowser, and more functional - when it works.

As a "webkit" browser, is there anything else that I should install? There are no missing dependencies.
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PostPosted: Wed 24 Oct 2012, 04:25    Post subject:  

Warning! MacPup is an exception. Ubuntu Slimboat does not start on Slacko, Racy or Precise. I also tried it on Linux Mint: no problem, deb installs and Slimboat plays well. So, for most Puppies Slimboat browser needs some compiling effort to be an lightweight alternative for old machines.
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2012, 12:25    Post subject: Slimboat works in Precise  

No more black screens and hard boots after trying to start Slimboat. Yes, I got Slimboat-1.1.11 to work in Precise-5.4.1.1.

Only two packages was needed: libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.28-1_i386.deb and libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.28-1_i386.deb, 622KB and 337KB.

http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/i386/libgstreamer0.10-0/download

http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/i386/libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0/download
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Jan 2013, 05:50    Post subject: Re: Running it on MacPup  

Okeh wrote:
I'm running Slim Browser on MacPup on a very old Toshiba Tecra. That's because I need a reasonably functional browser. So far it runs quite fast, but it will crash when trying to download files. This is too bad since it is the fastest browser going on this machine with the exception of Puppybrowser, and more functional - when it works.

As a "webkit" browser, is there anything else that I should install? There are no missing dependencies.


download libs from http://www.slimboat.com/tmp/libs/libs.tar.gz
and extract it to ./slimboat
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Jan 2013, 11:21    Post subject: Slimboat and libs  

Thanks for this.

I installed the libs to the Slimboat directory. I have it in /root/slimboat116/slimboat/

If I run slimboat.sh in terminal, I get this:

/root/slimboat116/slimboat/slimboat.sh: line 13: 12759 Segmentation fault $dirname/$appname "$@"
Script completed hit RETURN to close window.

If I run slimboat, I get this:

/root/slimboat116/slimboat/slimboat: error while loading shared libraries: libQtWebKit.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Script completed hit RETURN to close window.

Help!

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PostPosted: Sun 06 Jan 2013, 20:27    Post subject: Re: Slimboat and libs  

Okeh wrote:
Thanks for this.

I installed the libs to the Slimboat directory. I have it in /root/slimboat116/slimboat/


hi, please download newest slimboat version. 1.1.17 from http://www.slimboat.com/en/dlpage.php
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