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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RE: Not open source...
by leech on Thu 8th Mar 2012 06:48 UTC 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[3]: Not open source...
by leech on Thu 8th Mar 2012 17:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Not open source..."
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Oops, I kind of got ahead of myself on that matter.

What I was thinking was that if the backend libraries were ported to AROS, it wouldn't be that far of a stretch to also get them ported to native Workbench 3.x.

Kind of a backward way to be doing stuff how things would be if Commodore were still around and had allowed clones. The primary would get the port first, then all the 'clone' OSes. Then again I suppose AmigaOS 4 would have eventually came out.

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