Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jul 2007 16:03 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Syllable, AtheOS Syllable 0.6.4 has been released. "Syllable 0.6.4 contains many new features, enhancements and bug fixes from previous releases. Highlights of this release include a new version of ABrowse; the web browser has been re-written using the WebKit engine. A new version of Whisper, and the Contact address book is now included. A large number of usability and user interface fixes, largely curtesy of Anthony Morphett. New drivers for the SysKonnect Yukon1 network cards & ACPI CPU management and updated drivers for Radeon, GeForceFX, SiS and Trident video cards, HD Audio, Intel & VIA SATA controllers and Realtek 8169 network cards. The usual clutch of bug fixes and enhancements."
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RE[3]: OK
by Vanders on Mon 16th Jul 2007 17:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: OK"
Vanders
Member since:
2005-07-06

ABrowse team? Damn, I wish!

a user wants a browser with the features he has come to expect (flash, scripting, ajax, etc) rather than a slightly better rendering engine.


Flash isn't part of the browser and is not a W3 standard, and ABrowse supports "scripting", AJAX and everything else very nicely, being based on WebKit and all.

Even if a working port of FireFox magically appeared on Syllable it would be more work to maintain that than the WebKit port & ABrowse. Seriously, FireFox and Gecko are huge, and WebKit gets us the same features in a much smaller footprint, so why bother?

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RE[4]: OK
by TQH ! on Tue 17th Jul 2007 08:06 in reply to "RE[3]: OK"
TQH ! Member since:
2006-03-16

Absolutly correct, not only are FireFox and Gecko huge, but they are also a PITA to support on alternative platforms*. The main devs focus on Windows, Linux and Mac, and they don't write the code portable at all:
* almost no abstractions or interfaces, just macros depending on platform
* force new dependencies which in some cases arn't even viable on alt. OS'es
* more 'hacking' than coding


IMO WebKit seems to be more aware on all of the points above as well as actually encouraging ports.


*) In fact, I'm not even sure there will be a Firefox 3 on BeOS.

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RE[5]: OK
by Vanders on Tue 17th Jul 2007 08:21 in reply to "RE[4]: OK"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

force new dependencies which in some cases arn't even viable on alt. OS'es


That's certainly one of my biggest bug-bears, and you're right: Gecko and Firefox have them in spades.

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RE[5]: OK
by predictor on Tue 17th Jul 2007 08:37 in reply to "RE[4]: OK"
predictor Member since:
2006-11-30

"Absolutly correct, not only are FireFox and Gecko huge, but they are also a PITA to support on alternative platforms*. "

The Haiku folks made it work without that much effort.

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