Sumptin' fishy about that browser.
#1. I've never heard about it.
#2. Exede employee 'Alex' usually comes here to announce things like that first.
#3. They would not offer it to just anybody at first.
#4. It would go to the Champions first to see how well it works
#5. It would then go to me to see how bad it works.
#6. It would get tweaked to get it right.
#7. It would be announced and a web download link would be supplied for everybody.
"Project Sparrow" ??? Sounds like a thoroughly hacked version of someone else's browser.
Enter at your own risk, but then... I could be totally wrong.
From the FAQs:
Like many users, we love Chrome; we just wanted it better and faster. We built Project Sparrow using the same open-source code base, preserving the security features, useful extensions, and look and feel of Chrome, but adding our own innovations to make it better.In other words, it was built off the Chrome open-source code base, Chromium - it's Chrome-like not Chrome.
ViaSat going an extra mile here as opposed to the old Wildblue Optimizer - in my case, thanks but no thanks. Not that I was invited (I wasn't), but my own philosopy is thatViaSat is sticking its toes in water where it doesn't belong - much like the router. Attempting to provide an better experience even iuf there's some minimal privacy invasion - anybody else catch the irony between the lightbulb and lock paragraphs on that page? Not that I see any evil intent - they're just trying some optimization that yields better overall bandwidth utilization for all (similar to the video stream "optimization").
However, I can see the rationale in providing it to novice, non-technical users that can't or wont understand some web complexities - provided it's optional - some require an easy button solution. It could wind up helping those of us that optimize ourselves - but could also have the opposite impact if things like Craig mentions above (HTML5 media) aren't handled correctly. To be successful, they'd need a good mix of both technical and non-technical beta users.
If you continue to have an issue, please let us know.
It does have a bit less contrast than other browsers, as if all others have half way to bold text and Sparrow has normal text but, I like that.
In other words like a lot of online services, it collects data but doesn't store much in a user identifiable way.
And if you really want to get down to it, if you're going to do it online, there is no real privacy in it anyway. Given reason and the right tools and experts, they can see what you did online and when you did it, probably for a very long time after you do it, no matter what you do to hide it.
I'm sure that id there were a reason, some jerk someplace could read this as I type, listen in on all of my VOIP and cell phone calls and, snag every bit of data out of my password manager. Do I expect that to happen without my knowledge and consent? No, I've got security in place that is going to stop the majority of possible problems but, no security suite is 100% bullet proof.
Does it support GPO's and have an ADMX file for use in a domain like Chrome does?
If it does support group policies, is Viasat going to add any extras in, that will compliment the internet service that Viasat provides?
Extension wise, are the ones available in Chrome also available on Sparrow?
For some people, Chrome has almost become a central component to their lives because of their other devices being so heavily tied to Google. Would this be able to actually take the place of chrome in such scenarios where one has everything synced together?
From the sounds of things it just sounds like the browser is hard-coded to use a particular proxy outside of the LAN and will ask the proxy to load more frequently accessed content...
Similar to a SQUID proxy server with the added idea of prefetch for the most commonly access objects.
Also sounds like an old school web accelerator that reduces image quality slightly so that it loads more quickly.