Action Item #523

Retest webkit suitability

Added by Hammel almost 3 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Status:In ProgressStart date:29 Apr 2016
Priority:NormalDue date:
Assignee:Hammel% Done:


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 over 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).

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