We are making a web browser!
In the face of recent changes in Firefox and Chrome some anons were asking for a /g/’s perfect web browser, we collected the most wanted here and plan on continuing with the creation.
To contribute follow the WORK PLAN and get to programming!
http://magicpackets.net:3000/proudfeet/netrunner (currently down)
#/g/netrunner @ Rizon: https://qchat.rizon.net/?channels=/g/netrunner
- Host project at savannah.nongnu.org
- Set bug tracker, website, and mailing list in Savannah.
- Browse the links2 source code (you can use Ctags or GNU GLOBAL for tagging functions and files).
- Expose API and give (scripting) access to just about everything.
- Create a scripting engine for every accessed interface (vimscript-like?).
- Create a switch by profiles for incoming and outgoing connections (uBlock-like).
- Create profiles generator for user-agent and canvas fingerprint, with manual option for the user-agent.
- Give control over the DOM, use folders for each site to be manually edited (use a hierarchical structure to cover subsites).
- Include cache/tmp/cookies/logs options like read only cache and local CDN emulation.
- Implement a link grabber for every link available to be parsed by the scripting interface.
- Work with the links2 ncurses interface to support simple tree style options for everything (adblocking and tabs in the future).
- Implement tabs and add tree style tabs in ncurses.
- Work in the tree style bookmark management with ncurses.
- Work in the framebuffer graphics rendering.
- Add the rest of the features.
- Granular control over incomming traffic like Policeman (more control than uMatrix in this particular subject).
- Granular control over outgoing traffic like Tamper Data or like Privacy Settings (the addon).
- Easy switch to preset profiles for both like uBlock Origin for incomming traffic and Privacy Settings for outgoing traffic.
- Random presets generator for things like “user-agent” and “canvas fingerprint”.
- Custom stylesheets like Stylish.
- Userscript support like Greasemonkey.
- Cookie management like Cookie Monster.
- HTTPS with HTTP fallback and ports management like Smart HTTPS and HTTPS by default.
- Proxy management like FoxyProxy.
- “Open with” feature to use an external application, like for using a video player with youtube-dl and MPV, or for text input with a text editor, and for other protocols like ftp and gopher, and even as a file picker.
- Local cache like Decentraleyes and Load from Cache.
- Option to turn off disk usage for all data (cache, tmp data, cookies, logs, etc.), or/and make cache read only.
- All this in a per site basis.
- URL Deobfuscation like “Google search link fix” and “Pure URL”.
- URI leak prevention like “No Resource URI Leak” and plugin enumeration prevention by returning “undefined”.
- Keyboard driven with dwb features like vi-like shortcuts, keyboard hints, quickmarks, custom commands.
- Optional emacs-like keybindings (maybe default for new users to have an easier time?).
- Non-bloated smooth UI like dwb.
- Configuration options from an integrated command-line (with vimscript-like scripting language?).
- A configuration file like Lynx.
- Send commands to the background to be optionally displayed in an optional interface, as to use wget web crawling feature like a DownThemAll, and to use and watch other batch commands.
- A way to import bookmarks from other browsers like Firefox.
- Search customization like surfraw, dwb funtions or InstantFox Quick Search, and reverse image search like Google Reverse Image Search.
- Written in C.
- Low on dependencies.
- GPL v3+.
- Framebuffer support like NetSurf for working in the virtual terminal (TTY).
We plan on moving to savannah.nongnu.org. There is a github mirror too.
Enough features and the API seems more friendly.
-Why not netsurf?
Good rendering but not for DOM updates, plus dependencies gave problems.
-Will it have tree style tabs?
Yes, but not up in the priorities.
-Will it be crossplatform?
We’re debating this.
-Will you use a separate layout engine?
We can consider it once we dig up more the code?
-Will you use netsurf layout engine?
Might be a problem because of the DOM (not enough information).
-Will you use webkit/blink/servo?
-Will it it have vim keys?
-Will it have “graphics”?
Yes. We are planning to run the program in terminal using the frame buffer for graphics, but Links2 also comes with directfb, X server, SVGA and other graphics drivers.
-Will it have an adblocker.