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NetSurf 1.0 is worth millions on paper

Published: 28th May 2007, 11:43:37 | Permalink | Printable

First stable release unveiled and online

netsurf logoNetSurf is a multi-million pound project according to a popular cost analysis program. The estimated cost of the project was calculated during the run up to the first stable release of the RISC OS open source web browser, version 1.0. The milestone build was unveiled at this month's Wakefield 2007 show, and the team are now concentrating on future features; this may include JavaScript support, although internal code reorganisation and increased reliability are likely to be early focus areas.

According to the team, the main features of NS include: quick rendering, friendly user interface, support for most of CSS 2, page zoom, drawfile export, thumbanil history view, hotlist and cookie management, ad blocking, and search-as-you-type. US based coder James Bursa said of version 1.0: "This release is the result of over five years of development by 22 developers and contributors. Thanks also to our testers and bug reporters."

Although the software is available for free download, the group managed to sell nearly 100 mini-CDs of the web browser at a fiver each; along with other donations and after paying off costs for the show, the project netted a tidy 461 quid. It's hoped a bank account can be formally set up for the NetSurf project to fund further development, future show costs, and pay for website bandwidth charges - traffic to the site has been gradually rising.

Coder Daniel Silverstone, who was part of the NS stand at Wakefield, said: "We managed to make and sell 95 individually numbered CDs of 1.0, and one kind soul went and bought himself a blank CD when we had run out and we burned that for him also.

"As such, I have currently got quite a bit of cash in a cashbox which has been locked and marked for official NetSurf disbursements such as the domain registration, bandwidth and hosting costs, travel to shows and show-stand rental, etc."

Meanwhile, figures generated by David A. Wheeler's SLOCCount software estimate that if NetSurf was produced in a commercial environment, rather than in the spare time of its contributors, it would cost $2.47 million to develop - or £1.24 million in real money. The program is made up of 72494 lines of C code, 648 lines of perl, and 120 lines of ARM assembler code. The software has also been ported to the GTK desktop platform since its debut in 2002.


NetSurf website - download for version 1.0 now available

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Thanks again to everybody who came to our stand at Wakefield and bought a CD!

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 28/5/07 11:57AM
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Congratulations on a fine piece of software. Do you have plans to set up a link or paypal account to accept donations? I for one would be happy to make a contribution in appreciation of the work done.

 is a RISC OS Userrmac on 28/5/07 4:38PM
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rmac: We do not currently have any infrastructure to support non-in-person donations, but it is being considered.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 28/5/07 4:52PM
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I agree with rmac: A paypal account would be a good idea since that makes it easier for anybody worldwide to donate.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/07 5:12PM
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Or even a bank account to which payments could be made online. I'd like to add my congratulations, and enter a plea for javascript functionality and a solution to the problem of printing on an Iyo (or is that down to RO5?). But well done all.

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 29/5/07 7:51AM
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OK folks - here's the netsurf wad in all its glory :-)



We at RISC OS Connect would gladly help with that side of things..

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis on 29/5/07 9:51AM
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I said ti to you guys at Wakefield, but I'm saying it again. The work put into Netsurf must have been phenomenol. Great job guys.

 is a RISC OS UserAcornNut on 29/5/07 3:21PM
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Yeah, Netsurf rocks! Great job guys!

I really think, like rmac, that you should set up a paypal (or moneybrokers or something as easy as that) so that people worldwide can give you a little something back to show our appreciation.

 is a RISC OS Userwinterjaeger on 6/6/07 10:24AM
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It defo rocks...

Was using it last night and enjoying the browsing (it seems to get faster all the time as well)...

Also agree, set up paypal or bank account as I too would drop a small donation from time to time...


 is a RISC OS Usermrmac on 6/6/07 12:32PM
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