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I'm looking for a web browser with a web-based user interface. Considering that this sounds strange and exotic, let me briefly describe my use-case:

  • I'm using Jupyter notebooks (comparable to Matlab) for scientific computations which run on a cluster (Linux). Jupyter itself has a web-based user interface (only).
  • In these notebooks, I write Python code. After having opened a notebook in my web browser, the computations can run without any necessity for leaving the browser open.
  • However, due to Jupyter's software design, the output of the computations isn't updated in the notebook, as soon as the browser is closed. This means that for very long computations I always have to keep the browser open and the computer on, despite that the computations are running on a remote cluster and the browser is only needed for input & to view the results.

This is where a web browser with web-based user interface would come into play: Instead of interacting with Jupyter directly through the web browser on my computer, I could interpose that hypothetic web browser like a proxy.

So, does anybody know whether a web browser with a web-based user interface exists for Linux?

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  • Could you open a VPN or Remote Desktop session into one of the cluster computers, so you can run things in there and disconnect leaving the window open in the remote computer? – fernando.reyes Jul 20 '17 at 21:41
  • @fernando.reyes I could, if there was a graphical user interface, but unfortunately it only supports terminal-based access via SSH. – theV0ID Jul 20 '17 at 22:11
  • I don't really understand what you say about the proxy. How exactly would you use this? Are you saying you want to run a program on the server/cluster which would connect to the jupyter server like a browser, and then wait for you to access it from your own computer using a regular web browser? – BrenBarn Jul 21 '17 at 7:18
  • @BrenBarn Yes, that's what I am saying. Maybe you can also think of it (the hypothetic proxy-like web browser with web-based user interface) like a super-lightweight virtual desktop, which only offers a web browser. – theV0ID Jul 21 '17 at 8:18

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