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Web browsing from IRIX using headless chrome?

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:30 am
by jan-jaap
This might be interesting: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chrom ... /README.md

"Expected use cases include loading web pages, extracting metadata (e.g., the DOM) and generating bitmaps from page contents".

I have not looked much further than this, but it sure looks like a way to offload the CPU intensive rendering engine to a server.

Re: Web browsing from IRIX using headless chrome?

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:49 am
by ClassicHasClass
Neat. Wish they had something like that for Gecko, though. I get antsy about Chromium-all-the-things because remember when it was Trident-MSIE-all-the-things?

Re: Web browsing from IRIX using headless chrome?

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:10 am
by Dodoid
WRP does this using Webkit, which is neat. I wasn't able to make it work, but YMMV.

Re: Web browsing from IRIX using headless chrome?

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:36 pm
by Trippynet
I also wasn't able to get any success with WRP. If there's a working alternative, it'd be neat to use something such as Netscape or Dillo to render via an image map from another machine (or similar). It'd certainly work for a lot more sites than Firefox 3.0.19 can manage, and at quicker speed too.

Re: Web browsing from IRIX using headless chrome?

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:28 am
by necron2600
I have had good success with WRP (wrp11-qt.py).. however running on an Ubuntu system (have it running today on 14.04 LTS). Any other Linux flavor didnt seem to do so well when I did some very quick tests. I have complex, large sized, webpages loading quickly on old Mac Classics, SUN Sparcstations, Nextstations, etc.. Even browsing ebay (to buy more old stuff of course!) but since the pages are pre-rendered.. some input is hard to do on webpages (like putting in credit card info to buy that old stuff). Things like ebay, you can work with modifying the URL manually for certain searches and put those in as bookmarks to revisit them easily when using WRP. Once in awhile, WRP does crash but you can restart it again.

For relatively more modern hardware (SGI O2, Octane) sometimes it is just easier to display Chrome from a windows terminal server over RDP.. something like the following on a Windows Server 2003 with seamlessrdpshell installed:
/usr/nekoware/bin/rdesktop -u username -p password -r clipboard:PRIMARYCLIPBOARD -r disk:'Home'=$HOME -r sound:local -a 16 -z -A -s 'c:\\seamlessrdp\\seamlessrdpshell C:\\Program Files\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe' win2003servernameorIP