Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2012 23:04 UTC, submitted by Richard Lake
Amiga & AROS "The Timberwolf team is proud to announce the immediate availability of the first beta version of Timberwolf 4.0.1. Timberwolf is an AmigaOS web browser based on Firefox/Mozilla technology. This technology is more than just a browser, it is an enabling technology, bringing powerful tools such as html5, WebM, JavaScript, XUL, and more to AmigaOS 4.x. These are the building blocks for other applications as well, such as the email client 'Thunderbird' or the media center 'Songbird'. This first beta release includes almost the full functionality of the browser, allowing style-sheet enabled web browsing, secure connections, use of Firefox add-on and more."
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Not open source...
by fithisux on Thu 8th Mar 2012 05:07 UTC
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Member since:
2006-01-22

so, no AROS port. I am thankful I am on Linux. Even the Windows version can be downloaded and compiled.

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RE: Not open source...
by leech on Thu 8th Mar 2012 06:48 in reply to "Not open source..."
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Wait, how can Timberwolf NOT be open source? Pretty sure the Mozilla license isn't quite like the BSD license where you can just snag the code and not release any changes, or is it? It's been a while since I looked at it.

After a brief check into the MPL, it looks like any of the changes to XUL, the javascript, etc that is what makes the core of Firefox would have to still be open source.

Though that was just after a very brief look. Though wouldn't an AROS port also work under Workbench 3.x? As I thought AROS was supposed to be Workbench 3.x API compatible.

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RE[2]: Not open source...
by daedalus on Thu 8th Mar 2012 08:43 in reply to "RE: Not open source..."
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2011-01-14

Yep, AROS is 3.x API compatible, but not 4.x. There were changes in one of the OS4.1 updates specifically to add features required by Timberwolf, so even with the OS4.x code, it probably couldn't be compiled for AROS without a huge amount of further work.

As for whether it will end up as open source, I'm sure the minimum required by the licence will be done and no more. Whether that much is actually useful is another story...

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RE: Not open source...
by Valhalla on Thu 8th Mar 2012 09:39 in reply to "Not open source..."
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2006-01-24

so, no AROS port. I am thankful I am on Linux. Even the Windows version can be downloaded and compiled.

Hmmm it was disappointing to read that they keep the non-mpl licenced parts of the port closed, why? To prevent it from being ported to Aros?

It seems that mpl is like lgpl, in that only changes to the mpl licenced code needs to be open sourced.

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RE[2]: Not open source...
by Cymro on Thu 8th Mar 2012 10:21 in reply to "RE: Not open source..."
Cymro Member since:
2005-07-07

I think people just shouted at the developers instead of asking first if they'd release their code. They're not required to release it, so I don't blame them.

There's also a superb WebKit-based browser on MorphOS, which was ported to OS4 (though the OS4 version misses a few features like HTML5 video). AROS should be getting a port before too long - the two Zune bounties required are already in progress.

Edited 2012-03-08 10:21 UTC

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