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    “Min is written entirely with CSS and JavaScript using Electron”

    A browser within a browser. :( But what exactly makes this “smarter” ? All the listed features on mainpage are available are addons/plugins for Firefox/Chrome/Vivaldi etc. It takes 2 minutes to add adblocking, better tabmanagement and a fancy search box to Firefox (for instance).

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      It’s (shitty) turtles all the way down, man.

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      Do you have any benchmarks for

      It uses less battery power, so you don’t have to worry about finding a charger.

      I’ve found the exact opposite to be true for most electron apps, so I’d be interested to know if there’s something special that you did to preserve battery.

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        I wonder if it’s leaning on the comparison to a Chrome browser with no adblocking. Ad scripts can certainly use some battery. I really wish there were some benchmarks or something to back this up. Even just a few tests on the dev’s machine.

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        Interesting, I’ll give it a go. I know for a fact that people are going to gun it down because it’s electron though.

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          I mean… it’s a web browser running in a web browser. We’re in, “Yo dawg, I heard you like Chrome tabs, so I put a Chrome tab in your Chrome tab so you can consume memory while you consume memory.”

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            Fun fact, Servo is currently also like this, the official servo binary only renders one single page, and the GUI is implemented as browser.html. But someone already made a Cocoa based GUI :D

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              This is interesting. I’ve been wondering what would happen if a browser were better integrated with the operating system rather than being standalone monoliths. Personally, I don’t like the apps-in-browsers model and would prefer to see services heading back to standalone apps with the browser used mostly for browsing. It would be nice to have things like passwords, messenger accounts, etc. be handled by the operating system. The OS could handle logging into things, and then you could just fire up a single browser window to look up URLs and webpages as needed. Having a lightweight renderer that focuses on quickly rendering a single page would be great for this.

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                That’s what Safari/(Edge|IE)/(Epiphany|Konqueror) are.

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                  That was kind of the dream of Nautilus, wasn’t it? But if electron seems sluggish today, you can imagine how well this played out in 2001.

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                    The dream of the browser for the web and files was realized by Windows 98. Turns out it wasn’t a great idea after all.

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                I guess the alternative is stripping down the Chromium or Firefox’s source, or write an interface around either of their engines. If you think of it as Chromium with rebuilt UI, I guess Electron makes a little sense as it’s already done the stripping and documenting/exposing how to build on what’s left.

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                It doesn’t help that it claims that it is fast without any evidence towards that claim.