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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

I'm not sure about how much work a Fennec port would be, I can only guess really, I expect Peter Naulls would know a lot more, as he ported Firefox, which I would (maybe naively) assume is very similar.

I will make some cursory investigations into OWB and see how I go.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 14/8/09 1:52PM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

As much as I think NetSurf is easily the best browser available on RISC OS, and probably has a lot of potential, I'm not sure that if we only have resources to pursue one browser on RISC OS, that NetSurf should be it.

In the shape of NetSurf we have a browser that has not had any RISC OS work done on it in quite some time. If that changes, and they get a RISC OS maintainer, then we'll still have a browser that is not capable of going on a lot of websites.

Maybe we'd be better off looking at Mozilla Fennec, which is like Firefox but aimed at smaller devices, or maybe Origyn, which is a portable version of WebKit.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 14/8/09 1:02PM
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On RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production:

I notice that the browser AlwaysInnovating talk about is Mozilla Fennec, which is Firefox but tuned for embedded/handheld/less powerful devices. I believe it can be compiled to run on a framebuffer device, which maybe would be easier to port to RISC OS than the X11 version of Firefox.

That may be the dark horse web browser which might solve the problems present in RISC OS browsers.

I agree completely with druck that a web browser is a preqrequisite, as so much work now is done on the web.

Anyway, I digress, but I'd also agree with DrWhich, when it appears with RISC OS, I'll certainly purchase.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 30/7/09 8:33AM
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On RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production:

Jeffrey Lee is talking about this on the Iconbar forums, he seems fairly confident about doing the touchscreen drivers.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 26/7/09 2:49PM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

Well, my MacBook runs very hot, it's quite unpleasant.

I simply like to select the best device for the job in hand, I think for portable devices, where processing power is less important than battery life, then an ARM processor is pretty good. Also on a portable device, boot time is important, if I'm on the tube, I don't want to wait 3-4 minutes before I can start working if my journey is only 20 minutes.

On a desktop however, I need it to be fast, boot time does not matter as I never turn it off, and good multitasking is important as I'll often have things running in the background while I do something else.

Another example, I'm a big fan of the IBM i/OS, this is an awesome server OS, but an utterly awful desktop experience (it's green screen/terminal only). So I'll happily use it as a server, but nothing else.

Quite simply some Operating Systems excel at some things but not others and RISC OS is an example of this, it's not powerful or good for anything requiring a lot of horsepower, multitasking is very bad. However it excels at usability, snappiness, and running on low-power hardware, we should play to it's strengths and not always focus on it's weaknesses, which I believe the Iyonix and any successor does.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 30/9/08 11:56AM
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