Hello Jolla Enthusiasts. Webcat is an internet browser based on WebKit and Qt5 developed by Leszek Lesner, the developer of LLs Video Player.
Among others, it has all the main functions of a modern browser, including: support for landscape view, tabbing and bookmarks, option for changing the default font size, copy links feature, by long pressing on the link, DNS prefetching and fast scroll.
The latest version available is Webcat 0.8.4, which has been recently released, coming with the following changes and fixes:
- Fixed getting some links (especially relative ones) from site on longpress
- Fixed requesting new page links that don’t use _blank target
- New default behavior “Open in New Tab” will open tab in background
- Added set default search engine
- Added a new icon based upon the one from Morpog (thx for that)
- Added clear cookies to settings (in PullDown Menu)
- Changed AddBookmark and settings to Dialog
- Save userAgentName and use it as default for AddBookmarks aswell
- Added ‘Open in New Window’
In this article I will show you how to install Webcat 0.8.4 on Jolla’s first Sailfish OS-running smartphone.
There are two installation methods, one from the GUI and one from the command line interface. I like the terminal method better, because I find it easier to update the apps, this was. And because I am a CLI Linux maniac. : )
Installation method 1: From the GUI.
Since Webcat is available via OpenRepos.net, you can easily download the app and install it directly from the file manager.
Download Webcat 0.8.4
Installation method 2: In the geek way, via zypper.
Since Sailfish OS is pure openSUSE, you have to switch to developer mode, install zypper, add the repository and key, update the system and install Webcat. Like this:
# pkcon install zypper
# zypper ar -f http://sailfish.openrepos.net/llelectronics/personal-main.repo
# rpm --import http://sailfish.openrepos.net/openrepos.key
# zypper refresh
# zypper install harbour-webcat
To uninstall webcat, you have to install zypper (if you haven’t installed it already) and uninstall the app via zypper :
# pkcon install zypper
# zypper remove harbour-webcat
For those who don’t know yet, Jolla is a project developed by former Nokia employees. The first Jolla smartphone is running on Sailfish OS, a modified Megoo Linux system, which is Android compatible, uses Wayland as the default display server , uses Nokia N9′s Maliit touchscreen keyboard and comes with interchangeable covers, allowing the users to easily switch them, in order to change the color/model of the phone and comes with impressive hardware specifications.
While apps with native Sailfish OS support can be installed via the Jolla Store and OpenRepos.net, Android apps can be installed via the same Jolla Store, or via F-Droid, Yandex Store, Amazon App Store, Aptoide and 1Mobile Android Market.