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Software News   Software News : Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
   posted by Troels on 15-Feb-2007 6:39:37 (8710 reads)
Everything has it's price and a good web browser for AmigaOS4 is EUR 3100 (approx. $4000).
After many emails with Marcin the developer of Sputnik yet another web browser bounty has been setup.

Sputnik Bounty


"But we already have the Amizilla effort".. Yes we do, I even contributed a bit myself but have come to the conclusion that nothing will come of this in the near future as it is a giant project.

The Sputnik Bounty is diffrent because it is an active project developed for and is already showed working on MorphOS. It's simpler to port Sputnik from MorphOS to AmigaOS4, than porting Firefox from Linux to AmigaOS4.

+We have hardware ready for Marcin now.
+Porting starts when bounty is reached.
+Fewer dependences.
+Also available for Morphos = broader Amiga userbase.
+We already have a man to do the port (namely the author of Sputnik, Marcin).
+The browser (early version) have already been showed working on MorphOS, an Amiga inspired OS.
+We have got hardware ready for Marcin as soon as the bounty reaches the needed amount.
+Lighter web browser, well suited for the Amiga.
+Freeware when the bounty has been paid.
+Same updates as the MOS version.

-Less known browser, but whats in a name?
-Price (although it IS cheap)

Lets face it, Sputnik is not a browser that will get much name recognition outside Amiga circles. It is based on the widely known KHTML engine (also used by Nokia and Apple) and keeping the Amiga traditions, being a very light web browser compared to Firefox. It will feature mos,t if not all the modern stuff we miss in Aweb or Ibrowse, read more on www.amigabounty.net.


Financial.
The price of EUR 3100 seems high but you are not alone paying it!
This is a COMMUNITY EFFORT and I would expect EVERY OS4 USER who wants a modern web browser to contribute. Despite the current lack of hardware, I would even encourage those wanting to use OS4 at some point to contribute to this bounty. Take the time, register with Paypal and donate. If you cant use Paypal, please email me and we will work something out.

Theory.
There's been talks about 1500 AmigaOne's sold and even if some is not working or just not used anymore, there should still be at least 700-1000 active OS4 users.

Fact.
If people wants the Amiga to stay alive, we all need to start put our money where our mouth is. I expect in a worst case scenario max. 50% wants to contribute, but that is a minimum of 350 donations. Am I too optimistic, I hope not.

Donations.
I know not everybody can donate the same but I ask ALL of you to please donate min. EUR 10($13) if you can. The more the better.

If your financial situation (or your gf/wife) doesn't allow you to donate that much every other donation is also very welcome.

Please go straight to www.amigabounty.net read more about the bounty and make your donation now.
Thanks for reading this post, I will answer questions in this thread when I have the time.
    

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Troels 
Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 16-Feb-2007 10:46:17
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Sorry, see next message.

Last edited by Troels on 16-Feb-2007 at 03:25 PM.


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
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@Totally_Blind_Mule

The 4 first donations was from people who knew about the bounty some time before it went public.
Actually it has only been public for 1 1/2 day now.

It might still be hard but there's also plenty of people who havent donated yet because they still need convincing or have to wait until payday..

I hope you will donate as well, just a few EUR from each and we will get there in no time.

Collected amount will be updated soon.


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
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@Totally_Blind_Mule

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Hm just 460¤ within 15 days will be hard to reach the full amount of 3100 ¤.


15 days? I dunno when the bounty started but it got posted here yesterday and I would bet that most people have read about it here.


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 17-Feb-2007 11:20:30
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Fist donations was made 15 days ago but it wasn't public back then.

Just me doing a copy/paste from the Paypal site which shows the old dates.


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 17-Feb-2007 13:58:12
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Hello everybody!!!
This is my very first post.
Erm, well....why not to port for classics too?
There are more Amiga classics than PPCS
Amiga classics needs killer ports like a gaim browser p2p etc

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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
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@CebollinO

I didn't talk with Marcin about a classic port as that really doesn't interest me much. You would also need MUI4 at some point even if an older version of MUI would do for a start.

IMHO there's no future in Amiga classic, the future of OS4 is what we make of it. (if Hyperion and Amiga inc would move on).

You should consider getting an OS4 capable Amiga when they become available again, there's a much bigger chance to see the applications you requested and AmigaOS have never been better.

Last edited by Troels on 17-Feb-2007 at 02:18 PM.


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 17-Feb-2007 14:24:02
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No HW no Future!
IMHO its no difficult to port programs like mldonkey or sputink or epistula or whatever to classics (only for the GUI I think)
MLdonkey is relatively ready for port to 68k...see aminet
IMHO again there are more classic (uae include) than PPC

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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 17-Feb-2007 22:49:06
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Don't supose we could have a clickable link to http://www.amigabounty.net/ in the news description could we? Prefrabaly near the top and on the front page too?

So what's the MorphOS users think of the Alpha/beta version then? (too lazy to check!)


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 18-Feb-2007 10:39:38
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The beta version, is a beta.. But its showing great potential, showing web pages that look like crazp in IB/Aweb/Etc..

Truly what the Amiga scene needs.

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Donation sent.. hope this browser will see the light of day on OS4. as a more modern browser, is one of the small things that makes me Not using my A1 all the time.


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 18-Feb-2007 16:14:15
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I will donate at the end of the month when I get paid, we need more choice of browsers on Amiga.


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@ Stephen_Robinson

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Don't supose we could have a clickable link to http://www.amigabounty.net/ in the news description could we?


Well, now, that may be possible. "Thump your magic twanger, Froggy!"

Quote:

Prefrabaly near the top and on the front page too?


Prefrabaly?


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yes. Prefrabaly is a technical term for "I would like, and am saying someing like affably, which suggests thanks at the same time."

I think I got out of that one. :)


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
Posted on 22-Feb-2007 22:47:25
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@all

just added 150 EUR to the bounty


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Re: Bounty for OS4 version of Sputnik
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just added 150 EUR to the bounty

Thats great! Nearing the half way mark now. :)

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