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Slimjet web browser
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stvjhson

Joined: 06 Jan 2013
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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jan 2015, 14:25    Post subject:  Slimjet web browser  

I've run into this Slimjet browser a few days ago. It is from the same company (FlashPeak) which made the SlimBoat browser. To clarify the difference, SlimBoat is based on the community-maintained webkit while Slimjet is based on Google's blink engine. As a matter of fact, most browser vendors have chosen to go with Blink and I guess FlashPeak has decided to follow the suit.

The linux version is released a couple of days ago. I tried it on precise puppy 5.7.1 and it works smoothly. They provide a 50+ MB tar.xz archive which you can just extract and run out of the box.

As far as features are concerned, most of the features available in Chromium are kept while there are an impressive set of additional features such as facebook sharing, customizable toolbar, video downloading, etc (similar to SlimBoat). And yes, it can sync all the bookmarks in your google account and is compatible with most Chrome extensions.

I've attached a screenshot of Slimjet running on precise 5.7.1.

The home page is http://www.slimjet.com
The download page is http://www.slimjet.com/en/dlpage.php

On the download page, choose the 32-bit tar.xz zip package.
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wboz

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jan 2015, 14:58    Post subject:  

How is memory usage? I have used Slimboat and Slimbrowser on Windows previously and it was a massive memory saver -- very cool for machines where RAM was the most limiting factor.

My major complaint is they seem to have trouble either with development commitment or branding (not sure which) ... every few years they come up with a new browser name and the older one seems to go stagnant. In this case it's Slimjet, but, at least I'm glad it's available for Linux.

Other questions:
Is it in the Ubuntu repositories?
Does it let you set maximum cache size?
Does it support GPU hardware acceleration? (Chrome doesn't, which is why I keep firefox around ... not sure what Google is thinking given the lead they're taking in WebGL sites)
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stvjhson

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jan 2015, 18:24    Post subject:  

I haven't found it in ubuntu repositories yet. Maybe it will take some time to get there.
Yes. it has option to set cache size and directory.

I am not sure about the GPU acceleration. I see there is an option called "Use hardware acceleration when available". I guess the actual availability depends on the graphics driver.

As for the brand change, I can understand those guys to some extent. SlimBoat is probably more memory efficient and takes less hard disk space since the qtwebkit engine is more compact than blink. However, webkit is falling behind in terms of html5 support compared with blink. You will run into compatibility issues with various websites in the case of SlimBoat.

And there is the flash support issue. If you want to stay up to date on the flash player, you have to go with blink+google's pepper flash. Otherwise, you are stuck with flash v12 forever.

wboz wrote:
How is memory usage? I have used Slimboat and Slimbrowser on Windows previously and it was a massive memory saver -- very cool for machines where RAM was the most limiting factor.

My major complaint is they seem to have trouble either with development commitment or branding (not sure which) ... every few years they come up with a new browser name and the older one seems to go stagnant. In this case it's Slimjet, but, at least I'm glad it's available for Linux.

Other questions:
Is it in the Ubuntu repositories?
Does it let you set maximum cache size?
Does it support GPU hardware acceleration? (Chrome doesn't, which is why I keep firefox around ... not sure what Google is thinking given the lead they're taking in WebGL sites)
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redandwhitestripes

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PostPosted: Sun 19 Jul 2015, 22:20    Post subject:  

Hoping somene can help. Runing the latest tahrpup on a frugal install. I followed the instructions here and from the slimjet website - downloaded the tar.xz package, extracted in a folder in my root. When I try to run flashpeak-slimjet I get this:

Code:
root# ./flashpeak-slimjet
[10036:10036:0720/091306:ERROR:desktop_window_tree_host_x11.cc(812)] Not implemented reached in virtual void views::DesktopWindowTreeHostX11::InitModalType(ui::ModalType)
[11346:11346:0720/091306:ERROR:gl_surface_glx.cc(352)] glxQueryVersion failed
[11346:11346:0720/091307:ERROR:gl_surface_x11.cc(56)] GLSurfaceGLX::InitializeOneOff failed.
[11346:11346:0720/091324:ERROR:gpu_child_thread.cc(161)] Exiting GPU process due to errors during initialization


...with a pop up message saying slimjet cannot run as root so specify a different usr-data dir if I want to run as root.

If I run as Spot, I get:

Code:
root$ ./flashpeak-slimjet
Failed to create secure directory (/root/.config/pulse): Permission denied
[18307:18307:0720/091809:ERROR:process_singleton_posix.cc(417)] readlink failed: Permission denied
[18307:18307:0720/091809:ERROR:process_singleton_posix.cc(253)] readlink(/root/.config/slimjet/SingletonLock) failed: Permission denied
[18307:18307:0720/091809:ERROR:process_singleton_posix.cc(253)] readlink(/root/.config/slimjet/SingletonLock) failed: Permission denied
[18307:18307:0720/091809:ERROR:process_singleton_posix.cc(277)] Failed to create /root/.config/slimjet/SingletonLock: Permission denied
[18307:18307:0720/091809:ERROR:process_singleton_posix.cc(417)] readlink failed: Permission denied
[18307:18307:0720/091809:ERROR:process_singleton_posix.cc(253)] readlink(/root/.config/slimjet/SingletonLock) failed: Permission denied
[18307:18307:0720/091809:ERROR:chrome_browser_main.cc(1242)] Failed to create a ProcessSingleton for your profile directory. This means that running multiple instances would start multiple browser processes rather than opening a new window in the existing process. Aborting now to avoid profile corruption.


Last time I tired I also managed to bring up a list of dependencies (with none missing) but I can't recreate that now.I think it happened when I tried to run slimjet-sandbox but now it doesn't happen.

Can anyone help? I really want this to run as Seamonkey lags on my compaq presario 2500.
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Galbi


Joined: 21 Sep 2011
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Location: Bs.As. - Argentina.

PostPosted: Sun 19 Jul 2015, 23:21    Post subject:  

@redandwhitestripes, as Slimjet it's a chromium derivative I think it has to be launched as
Code:
./flashpeak-slimjet --user-data-dir=/root/.config/slimjet


Saludos.

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redandwhitestripes

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Jul 2015, 07:08    Post subject:  

That worked, thank you.
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Marv


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PostPosted: Sun 02 Aug 2015, 12:09    Post subject:  

I'm running it under X-slacko 3.0n. Runs well, no crashes, loads and renders fairly quickly. The following caveats:

The usual stubbornly placed tabs on top ala chrome. No extensions or plugins to move them available as in Firefox.

Must be run from an EXT2 filesystem so I can't run it from a directory on my boot partition as I do with most of my browsers.

I don't run it under the opt directory (the default option) but from a directory on my second disk partition. I made a wrapper in that directory incorporating

Code:
./flashpeak-slimjet --user-data-dir=/root/.config/slimjet


And slightly modified the flashpeak-slimjet script to add the correct local lib path to LIBPATH. Could also do that in the wrapper I suppose.

Got it working, now I'll see if I use it Confused

Edit: I find I am using it some so I jiggered my wrapper a bit so the flashpeak-slimjet script they provide is unaltered. As an example only, the wrapper I use is:
Code:
#!/bin/bash

LIBPATH=./lib
#echo  local library path is: $LIBPATH

if [[ -n "$LD_LIBRARY_PATH" ]]; then
  LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$LIBPATH:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"
else
  LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$LIBPATH"
fi
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH


/mnt/sda2/Slimjet/slimjet/flashpeak-slimjet --user-data-dir=./profile

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OscarTalks

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Aug 2015, 09:47    Post subject:  

Testing the latest SlimJet version 4.0.15.0
In Precise the only way I have found to get it to run so far is to disable the SUID sandbox. This then causes a warning infobar at each start-up but I can disable infobars as well to get rid of those if I want.

The nacl_helper binary does some strange things. It only finds the NSS libs if they are symlinked into /usr/lib (or /lib) from the slimjet subdirectories or from the seamonkey (or firefox) directory. Even if I add the library paths to LD_LIBRARY_PATH the nacl_helper does not see them and it gives errors in console although the SlimJet browser does still start.

In Dpup Wheezy the SlimJet browser will also run (without the SUID sandbox) although this Pup does already have some symlinks from firefox into /usr/lib and there are some additional whinges in terminal but they may be nothing serious.

In Slacko 5.7 non-PAE (after adding libgconf2 as usual) it seems I also need to disable the namespace sandbox otherwise it just hangs with no output or gives me "Aborted".

I have had a go at assembling another version which has sandboxing enabled. This one seems to run sweet as a nut in TahrPup (but not in the earlier Pups) either from the menu entry or just type slimjet in terminal.

As with all these recent Chromium derivatives it is BIG and really it is intended to be run only in fairly recent distros.

I will upload my experimental packages here:-
https://copy.com/gF9dHT29oq4lolpc
and update them if I am able to improve them.

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