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#1 davethompson

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 10:27 PM

Hello everyone...!

This is my first post in these forums, just got myself a modified xbox and I was wondering if anyone either knew of a decent web browser for the xbox or of any project to make one...?

If one doesn't exisit, I was thinking that with an SDK it'd probably be possible to port over the KDE projects KHTML engine to the Xbox to get something working - only problems would be the widgets which would require a complete rewrite - but I think this might be possible...

Unfortunately, it'd have to be produced on a dodgy MS SDK as the OpenXdk project is nowehere near mature enough to support this - hasn't even got sockets support...

Does anyone have any thoughts/ideas/hints?

Cheers,

Dave

#2 Smoko

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 11:52 PM

Yes there is, it's called "Linkbox".

Do some research next time, you seem smart enough.

#3 davethompson

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:02 AM

Smoko,

Thanks for pointing out Lynxbox - I had found this but mistakenly discarded it because I thought it'd be like Lynx on *nix...

Sorry!!! Perhaps I should have said "a web browser which supports CSS, Javascript, Fonts, a DOM, etc..."

Cheers,

Dave

Edited by davethompson, 28 December 2005 - 12:23 AM.


#4 Smoko

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 03:41 PM

QUOTE(davethompson @ Dec 28 2005, 12:09 AM) View Post

Smoko,

Thanks for pointing out Lynxbox - I had found this but mistakenly discarded it because I thought it'd be like Lynx on *nix...

Sorry!!! Perhaps I should have said "a web browser which supports CSS, Javascript, Fonts, a DOM, etc..."

Cheers,

Dave


Being more specific would have helped.

At the current stage, no there isnt a fancyer browser than Linksboks. And, I think it will stay that way. And why would you wanna have a browser full of crap if it only works on 640*480 resolutions?).

#5 davethompson

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 05:46 PM

The screen resolution point is a good one, I suppose it's more of a "can it be done" rather than an actual useful project - though I could see potential applications in a kisok or with a HDTV if the resolution is any better.

Anyway, thanks Smoko - this has answered my questions - no-one seems to be working on such a project right now!!!

If I find a copy of the XDK anywhere then I'll give this a go in my spare time.

Cheers,

Dave

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 06:00 PM

I use Linksboks in 1080i and 720p just fine. It looks really nice, except for the lack of CSS support.

Why not port Firefox? It's open source.

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 06:06 PM

I took a look at the firefox source - but tbh it looked quite complicated as it has quite a few seperate bits and bobs (like COM, etc)... KHTML on the other hand seems relatively straightforward and supports most if not all modern standards - Nokia have done a lot of work making it into a more pure form than Apple (who used it in Safari).

Firefox MIGHT be possible, though - just gotta hope someone PMs me with where to get the XDK from and I can give it a go myself... rolleyes.gif

EDIT: Actually, this might be harder than I thought...!

Edited by davethompson, 28 December 2005 - 06:25 PM.


#8 Smoko

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 12:10 AM

I really dont see porting Firefox and the likes to Xbox possible, let alone useful. You would need to edit the socket handling, remove certain features that use the Windows/Linux/Mac API.

I think you would be better off just upgrading Linksbocs.

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:19 PM

Your best bet is running Firefox under Linux (or Opera, Konqueror, etc). Whilst this may not be the solution you are looking for it's currently the only way of running a browser on your Xbox with

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CSS, Javascript, Fonts, a DOM, etc...


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Posted 18 November 2007 - 04:04 PM

Hey there... i'm using Linksboks RIGHT NOW to post this
dammit... there isn't a friggin exclamation mark...

anyways, this works pretty good... no plugins, or anything special....

the keyboard is wierd but smart.. u could type really fast if u get used to it

i guess if u want a fancy browser,

a) linux --> ffox

cool.gif dont port, write up a brand new browser

LOL tht took a long time to write...

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 08:53 PM

Linksboks is a pain to use. It has no CSS support and most websites aren't displayed well.

Linux isn't a good alternative. I only have X-DSL (live cd) and most users don't have any Linux on their box, too. I guess about 10% of all modded xbox owners have Linux.

A native xbox app would be better, in each case. Something like Firebox would be cool. I plan to install Linux on my laptop and then I'll have a look into KHTML.

Too bad, OpenXDK has no real network support.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 02:02 AM

QUOTE(zedd56 @ Nov 19 2007, 01:10 AM) View Post

there isn't a friggin exclamation mark...


Click in the left thumbstick, pull the right trigger, move the left ltumbstick to the right, and then press "Y"
Which (if you are in a field which you can enter text) should produce an ! on screen.





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