Dillo in the Press!
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[Please note that the funding presentation is currently considered
historical and is not updated —corvid]
As it was stated in the introductory item, "Personal security and privacy"
(objectives section), security has several defense lines. Besides
those stated there, another interesting weakness worth examining is
local inspection of cache and history files.
In fact, one of the common browser "subproducts" is an extensive
cache record, that takes the form of a directory structure with local files,
and another that keeps track of the visited URLs
(or at least the most recent ones).
As personal computers are seldom used by a single person, peer
inspection of those files can tap a huge load of information about
browsing habits, visited places, images viewed etc.
Worse yet, if those files are inspected by a "trojan program", the
whole contents can be sent outside and recorded in an external server that
accurately profiles personal interests.
Dillo avoids these problems by keeping the whole cache in memory,
so that after finishing a session, there're no saved files, nor a
visited URLs history.
High SW efficiency
Dillo already has:
- Extraordinary speed, both on rendering and networking.
- Innovative concurrency handling that allows for a user interface
that's always responsive and that lacks busy-clock locks!
- Minimal HW requirements (both on CPU and memory), that let
it run on several platforms including some handhelds!
- Graphical user interface.
- Support for HTML, XHTML, plain text, and image formats
(GIF, JPEG and PNG).
- Tiny startup time (around 2 seconds!)
- Minimal size:
That is around 40 times less than a big browser.
- Source is around 300 Kilobytes
- Binary is less than 250 Kilobytes
Note that efficiency not only means gains for minimalistic HW, it also
allows better exploitation of desktops and servers. For instance:
- An administrator can gather web information from the same server
he's working on without affecting its performance.
- There's no problem with running dillo on a working database server
(browsing its manual for tunning information for instance).
- Playing mp3 music while surfing the net.
- Working with the GIMP, but also having an open dillo with the manual.
Dillo has been reported to run on the following operating
systems / architectures:
- Intel x86 CPU-family with any
(libc5 and glibc2)
- GNU/Linux on a DEC Alpha (glibc 2.0)
- GNU/Linux for PPC (YellowDogLinux 2.1)
- Sparc 5 (32 bits) GNU/Linux, glibc 2.1.3, gcc 2.95.3
- Sparc ultra 1 (64 bits kernel, 32 bits userspace) GNU/Linux,
glibc 2.1.3, gcc 2.95.3
- NetBSD (in pkgsrc)
- FreeBSD (in the ports)
- OpenBSD (in the ports)
- MAC OS X
- GNU Darwin! (Power PC and x86) Look
- Sun Blade 100 (Ultra SPARC III), Solaris 8, gcc 3.0
- SunOS jaca 5.7 Generic_106541-04 sun4u sparc
- Sparc ultra 10 (64 bits) solaris 8, gcc 2.95.2
- iPAQ handheld!
- Psion handheld 5MX/5MXPro (CPU: 32bit ARM 710T, 37MHz) --Debian
- Intel's StrongArm CPUs!
- GMATE's Yopy
- NetBSD, which includes dillo,
has been ported to several StrongARM and MIPS based handhelds.
- SGI O2 running IRIX
- Tru64 (OSF1) 4.0 on Alpha
- HP 9000 715/80 with Debian hppa
- 68k Linux on Q40 and Q60 (sinclair QL compatible machines)
- QNX RTP 6.1/x86 (with occasional memory faults out of GTK+)
- AIX 4.3 (with some tweaks)
- SONY PlayStation2 (Linux)
- Atari-based 68k-systems running MiNT as OS!