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NetSurf 2.0 release pencilled for April 2009

Published: 10th Dec 2008, 00:43:09 | Permalink | Printable

The team behind the open source browser for RISC OS, Linux, AmigaOS, BeOS and other platforms start aiming for a version 2.0 release of NetSurf in time for next year's Wakefield RISC OS show. The top priority will be bug fixing and no new features will be added after mid_February to allow the programmers time to thoroughly test the software prior to the unveiling of NS 2.0.

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Hooray!, The Netsurf team (and also Martin Whuerter of course) are probably the most stable and active developpers for risc os.

 is a RISC OS Userhighlandcattle on 10/12/08 8:46PM
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I look forward to version 2 and am just hoping it hasn't been pencilled in for the first of the month. :-) Dave Lane

 is a RISC OS UserDaveLane on 10/12/08 10:22PM
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Excellent news! I built Netsurf on Ubuntu on my Eee PC the other day, and it was very easy following the instructions (I only omitted libharu cos I couldn't drive the build scripts). It's so much faster than Gecko-based browsers (e.g. Firefox) - and also doesn't suffer from random slow-down. Just nicer to use.

Now I've just got to figure out why keyboard navigation doesn't work.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 11/12/08 1:18PM
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Keyboard navigation? NetSurf doesn't do keyboard navigation, even on RISC OS. (Past tabbing around form text entry widgets.) Do you mean something else?

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 11/12/08 1:34PM
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The RISC OS version has cursor keys and page up/down to scroll around the page, maybe that is what is meant?

Most of the shortcuts available for the RISC OS version are listed here: [link]

Anyway, I'm glad you had no problem building it ninja. :)

 is a RISC OS Usertlsa on 11/12/08 1:43PM
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Yes, up/down is all I meant. I don't own a USB mouse, and the trackpad doesn't have a scroll area, so scrolling up and down is a bit fiddly.

Building it was surprisingly easy given I've never used svn before and have never built anything on Linux before (I have built non-autoconf code on Solaris in the distant past, and have built autoconf projects on Windows mind you). The instructions were all very clear and concise, so thanks to whoever put those together. Once I'd figured out to install the build-essentials package (thanks to rjek on c.s.a as it happens) it all worked first time (except for libharu*)

So thanks also to everyone on the Netsurf team for bringing the best browsing experience to every machine I use!

* The INSTALL file tells you to run the configure script (then make) but that doesn't exist. configure.in does and tells me to run buildconf.sh, but running that crashed since I didn't have aclocal installed. Installing automake fixed that, but buildconf still errors saying AC_PROG_LD and AM_PROG_LIBTOOL are undefined macros, and that's as far as I got. Thankfully libharu is optional, so I just unconfigured it and built netsurf fine at the first attempt.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 12/12/08 1:10AM
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