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The Icon Bar: News and features: Firefox port updated

Firefox port updated

Posted by Phil Mellor on 23:33, 11/10/2005 | , , , ,
FirefoxPeter Naulls has released the fifth Firefox beta. The new version feels more like a conventional RISC OS application thanks to the icon bar icon and pop up menus. The browser also responds to URI requests from other applications.

Peter warns "this is a "Work in progress" release. It may not be suitable for general use, and there are known bugs in the "RISCOSification" that is in development in this version. This version is instead intended to demonstrated on-going development, and help find problems. Please don't report bugs in this version unless asked to."

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  Firefox port updated
  monkeyson2 (23:37 11/10/2005)
  sa110_mk (08:59 12/10/2005)
    rich (09:12 12/10/2005)
      andrew (18:21 12/10/2005)
        pnaulls (01:56 16/10/2005)
          andrew (21:23 16/10/2005)
            datawave (04:48 17/10/2005)
Phil Mellor Message #93917, posted by monkeyson2 at 23:37, 11/10/2005
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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<pedant>Shouldn't that be "RISC OSification"?</pedant> ;)
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Paul Stewart Message #93918, posted by sa110_mk at 08:59, 12/10/2005, in reply to message #93917
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Beta 5 seems much quicker and is very usable on the A9home.
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Richard Goodwin Message #93919, posted by rich at 09:12, 12/10/2005, in reply to message #93918
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It's the first version that's stayed loaded long enough (without bombing out) to actually load a page on my machine! I can actually see it working now!

It's a little curious as to why certain things are slow - for instance typing a URL into the URL bar when there's a blank page below is treacle-like - but displaying pages is OK compared to other RISC OS browsers. It also takes a while to load - but then it does on my much more powerful Windows machines, so I don't think that's a problem with the port.

I particularly like the way that the Windows menus at the top of the browser window are gone - replaced by a proper RISC OS menu system.

In general (bearing in mind it's only a test version) I'm liking it.

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Andrew Message #93920, posted by andrew at 18:21, 12/10/2005, in reply to message #93919
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Looking much better. The last version seemed quite a lot slower as well.
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Peter Naulls Message #93921, posted by pnaulls at 01:56, 16/10/2005, in reply to message #93920
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I was fortunate enough to be able to show the RISC OS version to Ben Goodger last week. This isn't an attempt to show off who I've met, but rather demonstrate at least a little wider recognition of the platform given a well-known piece of software existing on it.
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Andrew Message #93922, posted by andrew at 21:23, 16/10/2005, in reply to message #93921
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It can't get enough exposure IMHO.
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Datawave Nederland Message #93923, posted by datawave at 04:48, 17/10/2005, in reply to message #93922
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FF beta5 is quite a lot faster than the beta4 of FF.
There it still is a WIP version, I got it vanished from
my iconbar within 2 minutes, because FF b5 collapsed.
I really hope PN is making the rendering of pages better,
also when trying to put your own url in it, that the main
pulldown window under the URL locator is overlapping the URL
locator window, at least on my machine (RISC OS 4.02).
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