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Will there be a mobile version of the Viasat browser soon? 
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Ronald Stricklin

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Yes there will be a mobile browser in the future. No linux support seems planned.
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Michael McDowell

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Reply I received Jan 30 from DavidBrowserGuy to that question:

Hi Michael,

I saw your question regarding the timing of a Linux version.  The short answer is that this is something that we want to do, but the team is working through a number of higher priority items right now, including the following:

  • Rebranding the browser from Sparrow browser to Viasat browser.  Once the rebranding is done, we will start offering the browser more broadly to Exede users.  This has been a more painful process than we expected.
  • Updating the underlying code base from Chromium 62 to Chromium 64. 
  • Android and iPhone versions.   Unfortunately, the iPhone version requires a separate code base and both mobile versions require us to develop new approaches to ad blocking.


So, folks on the team really want to get a Linux version out, but the effort is taking a back seat to the above and is moving forward slowly.


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Ronald Stricklin

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They have limited knowledge of what a linux based operating system is. They will have to either make two repositories supporting .DEB and .RPM or they will have to support something like snap packages. They won't release a bianary package.