Raspberry Pi Gets A Better Browser

For most of the English-speaking world, Raspberry Pi getting a new, improved web browser is a blip at best. But for a few elite hackers and educators, it’s a blessing.

For years, RaspPi users have suffered from a fairly janky browser that is built into the stock version of Raspbian Linux. While you could roll your own browser, it wasn’t high on anyone’s list. Now, however, there’s Epiphany.

This new browser is rewritten by the folks at Collabora for the latest Raspberry Pis and offers solid improvements over the original version. These include:

Much-improved HTML5 support
A JavaScript JIT
Hardware-accelerated video decoding
ARMv6-optimized blitting functions
Better interactivity during page loading
Faster scrolling

Future versions of the RaspPi OS will include the new browser but you can install it by typing:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser

Get thee to the repository!