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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:01 am    Post subject: Full screen browser? [solved] Reply with quote

Hi,

I am looking for a full screen browser for Linux. Kinda like plainview for mac. It needs to start in full screen mode automatically and hide the mouse pointer.

Firefox full screen does not seem good enough, it is still not really full, and probably it will be some work to make it boot in fullscreen.

Any help is appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Konqueror an option?

It has a full-screen mode when you press Ctrl-Shift-F (no window decoration), and you can hide the menubar by pressing Ctrl-M. If you quit while fullscreen, it will start-up maximised, but unfortunately with window decoration, so you have to press Ctrl-Shift-F once. But this might be dependent on the window-manager, you could tell your window manager to never use window decoration for that window, or something.

It's quite decent at keyboard navigation too.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your suggestion,

I tried it, once I figure out howto hide the status bar it is indeed fullscreen. It should also start at a specific page, not with that default konquerer help file.

Good idea to edit the window manager config to hide the decoration. That should work for firefox as well I guess.

Overall it would be as much work as with firefox I think. The advantage of plainview is that it can already start in full screen mode on a specific page, without mousepointer and as a service.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me sounds something similar to "public internet kiosks".
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opera has a fullscreen option that hides everything else besides the web page. The mouse pointer is still there. Might try that.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two options came to my mind:

A) Any CLI browser (w3m, elinks, lynx...) on virtual console: full screen and no mouse cursor.

B) On GUI environment I'm using conkeror (based on Mozilla Firefox, keybindings based on GNU Emacs) and x11-misc/unclutter to make mouse disappear. Combined with a tiling WM (dwm, wmii, xmonad, ratpoison, stumpwm...) or a proper WM/DE and you'll be able to configure it to startup fullscreen.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions :)

I will test these ideas first thing tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

links also has a fbdev setting that would let you turn it into a fullscreen browser with full graphics. It's a CPU hog in some cases but works well.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget to check out vimperator if you love vim-like key bindings. Vimperator is a firefox plugin, so you still retain all the joys and pleasures of running firefox, but you get vi on top of that! Vimperator has (by default) almost no GUI and offers you the possibility to add/remove individual parts of the GUI via config file.

Unclutter is also really great. Just add "unclutter -root -noevents -idle 2" to your ~/.xinitrc and your mouspointer will only appear when you move it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am looking for a GUI and not a CLI

Tried conkeror first, but did not figure out how to hide the status bar and the command line bar.

Then I tried Opera, their full screen option is just what I am looking for (it is actually really full screen, just the website and nothing else). And you can start opera on command line with: opera [URL] -kioskmode. Then it starts in full screen and I read that this mode has some more options you can configure.

Unclutter is working too to hide the mouse pointer.

Thanks all.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firefox also seems to have a configurable kiosk-mode add-on:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1568
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, that works too. And it has an option to start firefox in fullscreen. Cheers.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use opera...it's "intuitively convenient"..."two thumbs up"...."feather light"

Seriously, I love opera...I have been using it for years...and is highly configurable.
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