Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Feb 2010 16:52 UTC, submitted by Michael Oliveira
BeOS & Derivatives This is news that makes me very, very happy. Stephan "stippi" Assmus has written a lengthy blog post detailing the progress made on Haiku's WebKit port, and they're quite far along. Thanks to the help of several community members, the test browser, enticingly named (euh...) HaikuLauncher, is already relatively stable, supports tabbed browsing, and a whole lot more.
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Comment by agildehaus
by agildehaus on Wed 24th Feb 2010 22:10 UTC
agildehaus
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2005-06-29

I hope HTML5 audio/video are in the roadmap for this browser in the near future. Lack of Flash is a major downside for an alternative OS these days, and that should be top priority to ease the pain a bit.

How much of that is done for you in Webcore, I wonder?

Edited 2010-02-24 22:10 UTC

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RE: Comment by agildehaus
by Kroc on Wed 24th Feb 2010 22:13 in reply to "Comment by agildehaus"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Depends. Safari does not have built-in video decoding, it hands all of that off to QuickTime (which makes <video> in Safari no better than a plugin, with all the z-index and CSS problems that creates). Google strapped a decoder to Chrome so that it plays OGG and H.264 (but nothing else).

I would hazard a guess that Haiku would have to connect WebKit to the native media playback in Haiku themselves. As long as it has the necessary codecs then there’s no real reason why HTML5 video shouldn’t work.

Edited 2010-02-24 22:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by agildehaus
by TQH ! on Thu 25th Feb 2010 08:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by agildehaus"
TQH ! Member since:
2006-03-16

afaik video.google.com works with it already.

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RE: Comment by agildehaus
by Michael Oliveira on Wed 24th Feb 2010 23:06 in reply to "Comment by agildehaus"
Michael Oliveira Member since:
2005-07-07

Lack of Flash is a major downside for an alternative OS these days, and that should be top priority to ease the pain a bit.


Flash is running about almost a year now.. the latest version released by two weeks ago (gnash 0.8.7) seems very stable! the only downside is FF 2.0 browser port, that is slow on Haiku. With this new Browser, is a matter of time build a new flash plugin with better performance.

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