Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-onlyPublished: 15th Nov 2006, 21:49:54 | Permalink | Printable
May lack https but will cost community 5000 quidThe next release of the RISC OS Firefox port will be Iyonix-only, developer Peter Naulls revealed today.
Although the updated port, dubbed Firefox 2, is said to be working, Peter, pictured, will first need a further five grand in cash donations from users - even though the revised port may ship without https support, which is crucial for online banking and shopping.
He wants £1000 to release the new version of the multi-platform web browser, and £4000 to polish it into a proper RISC OS application with Unicode font and plugin support, and various speed ups. An A9home-compatible version could be on the cards if there is "financial interest". Peter also hinted that a port of open source Flash player Gnash is possible if it could use the OpenGL functionality in the Castle Iyonix's graphics card.
On his website, Peter said Firefox 2 "is similar to the beta 5 release of Firefox 1.5, but it is a bit faster and more stable, and has some RISC OS-specific functionality. It may lack secure connection (https) support."
A punter who donated cash to the project said: "The key won't be getting the port finished, it's getting the software fully integrated into the RISC OS desktop. I use NetSurf because it 'plays nicely', and we need Firefox to do the same."
No concrete release date was given, although Peter said Firefox 2 "will be ready for release very shortly."
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