Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Jun 2010 20:12 UTC
Amiga & AROS After much, much development, the developers behind AmigaOS 4 have released the first alpha of Timberwolf, the AmigaOS 4 port of the Firefox web browser. I tried it out on my Amiga, and indeed confirmed that this is very much alpha material.
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Why flog this dead horse when....
by mlankton on Wed 9th Jun 2010 20:37 UTC
mlankton
Member since:
2009-06-11

....you already have a WebKit browser. Dump the money into bringing it up to speed wit Safari and Chrome. I don't get it. I wouldn't touch Mozilla for the last 18 months on my Mac because WebKit has gotten so much better, why would anyone want this? On a platform that needs a solid web browser, why would they make the same mistake the Be people made?

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

....you already have a WebKit browser. Dump the money into bringing it up to speed wit Safari and Chrome. I don't get it. I wouldn't touch Mozilla for the last 18 months on my Mac because WebKit has gotten so much better, why would anyone want this? On a platform that needs a solid web browser, why would they make the same mistake the Be people made?


Choice is good?

Even though I use Chrome on my Windows box, I still keep an updated Firefox around for those occasions where it runs a website better (and there are definitely situations where that's the case).

It certainly doesn't hurt to have two of the major browsers available on any platform (and I hope Haiku will eventually get a fresh Firefox port to complement it's native Webkit browser).

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Both of you have some good points. Personally I'm quite satisfied with OWB on AROS, and personally don't want FF around. For the few websites, where WebKit-based browsers have issues (a handful of those I need, incl. some government-sites with digital signatures, java and remnants of IE-specific code) I have Windows Server 2008+Firefox/IE (or LFS+Wine+blahblahblah) and what not. OTOH, that's not really an option for PPC-based platforms.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

....you already have a WebKit browser. Dump the money into bringing it up to speed wit Safari and Chrome. I don't get it. I wouldn't touch Mozilla for the last 18 months on my Mac because WebKit has gotten so much better, why would anyone want this? On a platform that needs a solid web browser, why would they make the same mistake the Be people made?

How is webkit "so much better" ? It's a little faster, yes, but Firefox 3.6 is reasonably fast even on older hardware (contrary to, say, IE7). It sounds way easier to port. But as a user, does Webkit really have some serious benefit over Gecko ?

Edited 2010-06-10 07:56 UTC

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renox Member since:
2005-07-06

But as a user, does Webkit really have some serious benefit over Gecko ?


If it's used in a multiprocess setup like Chrome do, yes as this allow the user to find easily which tab use too much memory|CPU and close it (and this can be used also to improve security), otherwise no..

Firefox devs are working on a multiprocess version of FF, but I don't expect it anytime soon: this kind of big change must be quite difficult to do..

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