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Internet Browser For World’s Smallest Computer Raspberry Pi Now In Public Beta


Written by  Sorab Ghaswalla | 25 December 2013
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raspberry pi web browserThe Raspberry Pi hit the headlines about a year ago for being the first credit-card sized computer which was extremely small, extremely cheap, and which could be plugged into any TV for it to be used.

This tiny computer retains all the major capabilities of an average desktop such as word processing, games and making spreadsheets, including playing high-definition video.

But one of the things missing was the lack of a web browser, which was inhibiting this PC’s use on the Internet. No longer. The Raspberry Pi developers’ team has now announced that it had finished developing a HTML5 capable web browser for the Pi, available in beta for now.

This has been in collaboration with software development company Collabora over the last few months. The browser will aim to support:

  • A good multi-tab experience
  • ARMv6-optimized 2d rendering
  • Accelerated image and HTML5 video decoding

The plan is to provide a port of the confusingly-named web browser (formerly Epiphany) in future Raspbian releases. The new browser for the US $35 Pi, say the developers, will be “fun, flexible, and relatively powerful tool for hackers, tinkerers, and makers.”

Collabora Ltd. is a software consultancy company specialising in bringing companies and the open source software community together. Collabora is a development partner in many an important project such as the GStreamer multimedia framework, the Telepathy messaging framework, the Webkit HTML engine and the X Window graphics system.

“Very soon there will be more `Made in the UK’ Pis in the world than their `Made in China’ cousins” is a boast found in the blog post to announce that the 500,000th unit of the world’s smallest computer, the Raspberry Pi, had rolled off the assembly line recently.

In October this year, ToolsJournal had reported that the millionth Raspberry Pi tiny computer had been manufactured in the UK, a significant feat for a computer that may be tiny but has a huge potential in computing.

Initially the hardware was being manufactured in China but later on the production was moved to the UK.

[Image Credits: Raspberry Pi]

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla is the Founder of India-based digital world consultancy firm, New Age Content Services LLP, an Internet Entrepreneur & Consultant, a journalist, and owner/Editor of 2 websites. In his free time, he contemplates the larger implications of digital life.

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