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Published on the 22nd of September 2021.
Vimb: the ultimate browser.
I've been very vocal on how web browsers are broken. Luke Smith words it better than I do. But it's not all doom and gloom. Besides Gecko and Chromium there is one (somewhat) sane engine left: WebKit.
Vimb is an excellent vim-like browser that is extremely minimal in codebase yet fully-featured, written completely in C, and uses WebKit as its engine. To say I fell in love would be an understatement. I am actively adding features and patches to vimb, and you can too! It's one of the nicest features of having a small, well-written, and self-explanatory codebase.
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But there's more to this than just minimalism, WebKit in fact the only browser engine that supports the modern web and also works (in its latest releases) on x86, x86_64, ppc64le, ppc64, and ppc (not sure about any others). This matters to me because my main machine is a Talos II Lite, a modern PowerPC machine, and I also often use my PowerMac G5 and my PowerBook G4; don't blame me for liking non-Intel machines :P
I also decided to do the same optimizations for x86_64 because I can, I will host the debian packages soon in case you want to try them out. If you don't trust me you can also use the provided "rules" file to replace the "debian/rules" file that is used to build .deb packages. It's not the cleanest but it works. The hosting will go up as soon as I figure out how to run an Apache server or something similar.
Also related to vimb: xfce4-dwm has been modified to work better with vimb+tabbed, making tabbed act like a terminal that can swallow windows. This is useful because my vimb config has an option to press Ctrl+n and open the current webpage in netsurf, so instead of opening in a new separate window, it takes over the current vimb window making things more seamless.
Again related to vimb: I forked tabbed and added a simple patch to fix some misbehavior with vimb, and I also made it act more like a regular tabbed application: Tabs go from left to right, not the other way around, text is more legible, and Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab work as expected now.
Finally, now that I am mostly set-up in terms of my machines and configuring the software on them, I can go back to focusing on FPGAs and such, I have a big project coming up and I can't share any details just yet, but stay tuned!