GET LAMP is here
alexeyt at freeshell.org
Wed Aug 11 17:29:26 CDT 2010
On Wed, 11 Aug 2010, Fred Cisin wrote:
>> Building a machine that runs a graphical browser using only stock chips
>> doesnt sound totally tivial/.
> Surely a graphical browser, (if NOT done in a High Level Language) could
> be written to run on a 5150 with CGA.
I don't know about that... Google is not what I'd call a
graphics-intensive site, but a single page of results is 64k html, and
about as much again in images. You can eat up 640k real fast that way, and
that doesn't include any of the code you need for a TCP/IP stack, stub DNS
resolver, parsing HTML (and let's not forget the memory cost of
intermediate representations, unless you want to pay for a full reparse
every time there's an exposure event) applying CSS, layout, rendering any
number of image formats, input handling, forms, cookies... Let's not even
think about supporting ECMA script, without which you won't be able to use
any web 2.0 sites, and I shudder to think of what you'd have to do to try
to run flash on an on-topic machine.
I've got 2 text-mostly pages open ATM, and Firefox has an RSS of 100M;
even if that's 90% wasted (which I very much doubt) then you still need
10M to hold the useful bits (not counting the filesystem and IP stack bits
that live in the kernel and aren't counted against Firefox's RSS).
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