Oregano future undecidedBy Chris Williams. Published: 25th Nov 2004, 22:27:01 | Permalink | Printable
Meanwhile, TV Browser reaches version 3The future of Oregano is currently somewhat undecided. The RISC OS web browser is developed by Oregan, who recently launched version 3 of their TV Browser software.
TV Browser is a web browser designed for embedded products, including STBs and the Sony Playstation 2. In the past, TV Browser and Oregano have shared the same technology: think of Oregano 2 as a RISC OS wrapper around a central web browser core.
Earlier this month, we spoke to OreganoUK about the future of the RISC OS incarnation of the web browser, as they deal with end user sales and support of Oregano, originally overseen by Castle. OreganoUK boss Richard Brown explained that Oregan had been busy lately in completing TV Browser 3. He revealed that OreganoUK and Oregan had yet to sit down and produce an agreement on how to proceed with RISC OS work, and as yet there's no timescale on this development work - although a meeting in December would be ideal, for OreganoUK. Richard told us that even if he had an estimated release date, he wouldn't reveal it.
We're not sure how suitable TV Browser 3 is for RISC OS, and how likely it is that we'll see developments in TV Browser 3 on RISC OS. OreganoUK declined to commit themselves to anything, for fear of being accused of pre-announcing details - a stance seen as both admirable and frustrating depending on whether or not you're an existing Oregano user.
Perhaps it's a little cruel to talk more about the browser core given the above. However, we've been handed some screenshots and a video of the browser that had humble, very humble, beginnings with RISC OS: previously this month Sony posted a new network access CD to online Playstation 2 users, and this included TV Browser and a free game. The TV Browser is mostly used to render multimedia content, rather than surf the web, but that didn't stop one gamer last year.
You can download a video of the browser in action from here. It's a 13.3M MPEG video, and happily plays in KinoAMP.
|Loading screen, showing Oregan credit at the bottom|
|Welcome screen after logging in|
|Flash driven information screen about a game, with respectable antialiased fonts|
|Another Flash driven information screen, showing off the kind of content that is delivered|
|The user interface is described as slow, which is a shame|
|A drop down menu, from the BBC News website|
|Ack! Something's not quite right with those fonts|
|Woo, a Flash game. You don't get many of them these days.|
|Not a bad looking site, apart from the font size issue|
|Don't panic! Don't panic! It's all under control
|Some more friendly HTML handled well|
Meanwhile, on the other side of the RISC OS platform, open source web browser project Netsurf is still some months away from releasing a feature frozen stable version, as its team say development is still on going.
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