Action Item #523
Retest webkit suitability
|Status:||In Progress||Start date:||29 Apr 2016|
|Category:||04 - Root File System|
|Target version:||1.0 - Atreides|
|Severity:||04 - Low|
Webkit support for GTK+ has been bumped to WebKit 2.4 with a new package. This is available in the latest Buildroot (2016.02). We're at 2015.02. So a bump in Buildroot may provide a webkit enabled surf package, meaning we could replace the C interfaces for appmgr and videofe with web-enabled interface, making icon handling easier and providing a more developer-friendly API for extending these.
We need to investigate if bumping Buildroot to 2016.02 and re-adding the surf package (custom package) will now work. Previously this didn't work. But the reasons I suspected for it not working appear to be fixed if you look at the list of changes associated with webkit in Buildroot.
#1 Updated by Hammel about 2 years ago
- Category set to 04 - Root File System
- Status changed from New to In Progress
- Assignee set to Hammel
- Target version set to 1.0 - Atreides
- % Done changed from 0 to 90
- Severity changed from 03 - Medium to 04 - Low
I didn't find much value in using webkit, mostly because of the overhead it brings (lots of build dependencies, etc.). So after testing I checked the changes into a new branch in the pibox repo: "mjhammel/br-2016-05". The build works on hardware, if I remember correctly. It just didn't have any added value with respect to webkit.
I can revisit this later when I migrate to a newer release of buildroot (like, say, the 2017.02 release).