Linked by tessmonsta on Sat 20th Mar 2010 11:15 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku's new web browser, WebPositive, has seen a new update. This new release benefits from updates in app_server and enables better text and canvas rendering. The new WebKit-based browser also has new support for bookmarks and additional usability improvements. Find out more at the developer's blog.
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Fast! Fast! Fast!
by darkwyrm on Sat 20th Mar 2010 15:43 UTC
darkwyrm
Member since:
2006-03-15

I'm continually amazed at Stippi's progress. For the Flying Images test on my system, Chromium under Linux gets just a few (3-4) frames per second. Firefox 3 gets 30-40, and Web+ gets almost 50! He sure is making a lot of fast progress on development, too! Way to go!

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RE: Fast! Fast! Fast!
by stippi on Sun 21st Mar 2010 10:25 UTC in reply to "Fast! Fast! Fast!"
stippi Member since:
2006-01-19

Christian Packman is to credit for the fast scaled bitmap rendering. He wrote assembly code versions of the scaling routines I wrote. The Chrome rendering has excellent down-scaling. The Haiku app_server downscaling only looks good above a factor of 0.5. But I don't believe proper downscaling is the main reason for Chrome's slowness. Firefox on Windows should also be faster, but Chrome on Windows appears as slow as the Linux version. But the WebKit guys are already working on hardware accelerated compositing from what I understand of the codebase so they should soon catch up to IE9 in rendering speed. And of course Chrome is much faster in other respects -- network caching, faster Javascript and multi-threading contribute to an overall much snappier experience. Eventually, we should be able to have all that enabled in WebPositive as well.

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v RE[2]: Fast! Fast! Fast!
by twitterfire on Sun 21st Mar 2010 16:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Fast! Fast! Fast!"
RE[3]: Fast! Fast! Fast!
by umccullough on Sun 21st Mar 2010 16:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Fast! Fast! Fast!"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Not only that I and thousands of users say so, but many tests and benchmarks say so, too.


I believe this is the test which is being referenced here:

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/01FlyingImages/Defaul...

This test runs fast/smooth on IE9 and Firefox while running like complete dogshit on Chrome currently.

It was obviously put together by Microsoft to demonstrate something that not all browsers are good at and would benefit from video acceleration in the browser.

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RE[4]: Fast! Fast! Fast!
by MacMan on Sun 21st Mar 2010 22:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Fast! Fast! Fast!"
MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

Odd that it runs slow on Chrome (you said you use IE9, so I'm assuming that you use windows). It runs very well on Safari 4 on old MacBook with OSX 10.6 and a crap Intel integrated GMA950 graphics, I get around 60 FPS.

Its odd because Safari and Chrome both use Webkit as the rendering engine. Safari uses CoreGraphics (OSX equivalent to DirectDraw on Windows) on OSX to do the display, but Chrome might use Windows GDI, not sure, never looked at the source code for the windows flavor of Chrome.

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RE[4]: Fast! Fast! Fast!
by bufalo1973 on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 08:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Fast! Fast! Fast!"
bufalo1973 Member since:
2010-03-23

Strange that Konqueror runs faster this test with KHTML (15-20fps) than with WebKit (2-3fps).

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RE[3]: Fast! Fast! Fast!
by stippi on Sun 21st Mar 2010 17:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Fast! Fast! Fast!"
stippi Member since:
2006-01-19

Yes, I did mean Google Chrome. And did you even read what I wrote? I mean all of it? I am asking because your reply is so much besides the point.

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v RE: Fast! Fast! Fast!
by twitterfire on Sun 21st Mar 2010 16:14 UTC in reply to "Fast! Fast! Fast!"
I like where this is going
by Morgan on Sun 21st Mar 2010 01:16 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

It seems Haiku is on a good track to usability as a main OS these days. I'm very excited to see the full rebirth of my favorite classic OS! I may even save up for a netbook so I can start playing with it during downtime at work; I still don't like running it in a VM.

As always, keep up the great work guys!!

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