Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 18:53 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Images and open source code for the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be published on Thursday 21st February, supporting the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones. They are intended for enthusiasts and developers, to familiarise themselves with Ubuntu's smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets. Tools that manage the flashing of the phone will be available on the same day in the Ubuntu archives, making it easy to keep a device up to date with the latest version of the Touch Developer Preview." Cool. Too bad it's only for Nexus phones, and not for more popular ones.
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RE[2]: Comment by twitterfire
by darknexus on Sat 16th Feb 2013 19:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by twitterfire"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

What I really want is a usable browser, but since Apple insists that all browser apps use their crashy renderer, I don't have one.

Can't say I've seen the renderer crash. I've seen a lot of Safari crashes, but none of those have been in the Webkit renderer but have all been related specifically to Safari and it's awful user interface.
What I really want is a phablet with a great browser that websites think is a desktop, so they'll freaking leave me alone and let me work / play / read / shop / whatever!

Presuming you don't have to deal with Flash, using a browser that allows you to change your user-agent should take care of most of that. Chrome and Atomic both allow you to do this, though Atomic's is much more customizable and permanent. Safari will allow this as well, but you must manually enter your user-agent header rather than being able to switch it on the fly from a list, and no amount of user-agent switching will take care of Safari's god awful interface.

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RE[3]: Comment by twitterfire
by ricegf on Sat 16th Feb 2013 20:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by twitterfire"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Flash isn't permitted on iPads, but I am using the Chrome browser on it. And it does crash several times a day, just like Safari and Mercury (which is why I presume it's the common render engine).

iPad's Chrome has no entry in the system Settings app, and I see no option to set the user agent in the in-browser settings. But while exhaustively running the menus looking for the user agent setting (pointer appreciated if you have one), I found an entry called "Request Desktop Site". Tested it on ExtremeTech (one of the mobile sites I dislike), and it switched to the desktop site for that and all subsequent internal links during the session. Much better!

So... Thanks! Got any suggestions for the crash problem? :-D

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RE[4]: Comment by twitterfire
by darknexus on Sun 17th Feb 2013 06:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by twitterfire"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

iPad's Chrome has no entry in the system Settings app, and I see no option to set the user agent in the in-browser settings. But while exhaustively running the menus looking for the user agent setting (pointer appreciated if you have one), I found an entry called "Request Desktop Site". Tested it on ExtremeTech (one of the mobile sites I dislike), and it switched to the desktop site for that and all subsequent internal links during the session. Much better!

That's the extent of Chrome's user-agent switching: it can appear as desktop Chrome for that session. Looks like you found it. ;) It's not as customizable as some of the other browsers on iOS but it will at least get you past most mobile sites. There's no way to make it permanent, however.

So... Thanks! Got any suggestions for the crash problem? :-D

Can you point me at some web pages that cause it? I've seen Safari crash but I've not seen Webkit do the same. I've got quite a few browsers on here (tried them all before I settled on Atomic as my primary choice) so I can try to make them crash if you've got a way to reproduce it. Also, which iOS version are you running?

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