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Software News   Software News : NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
   posted by Chris_Y on 22-Sep-2010 19:42:49 (5424 reads)
The NetSurf developers are happy to announce the immediate availability of
NetSurf 2.6. This release contains many bug fixes and improvements.

It is available to download from http://www.netsurf-browser.org


Here is a change log detailing the important changes in this release:

Core / All
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* Improvements to float positioning.
* Fix absolute positioned inlines.
* Improve handling of percentage margins and paddings on floats.
* Fix several memory leaks.
* Rationalised memory allocation functions.
* Updated SSL root certificates.
* Fix handling of PNGs with zero data.
* Moved input handling into content handlers.
* Simplified browser window module.
* Fix table borders specified in em/ex units.
* Improved CSS content handling.
* Don't try to draw zero size images.
* Simplified and fixed save complete feature.
* Reduce frequency of cache clean attempts.
* Improve and optimise rendering of borders in HTML.
* Fix URL comparison issue.
* Improve object handling in HTML.
* Fix absolute positioned root element.
* Rewritten file: fetch handler for local URLs.
* Much improved directory listings for local file: paths.
* Improve handling of binary data in plain text renderer.
* Fixed cache expiry problems.

* LibCSS library (CSS parser and selection engine):
+ Allow stylesheets to be used in multiple contexts
simultaneously.
+ Fix possible stylesheet reuse crash.

RISC OS-specific
----------------

* Increased maximum allowed value for memory cache size option.
* Update 'about' page to include licences for linked components.
* Fix layout to paper width when printing.
* Fix screen redraw after printing.
* Enable sideways print option.

GTK-specific
------------

* Avoid potential use of NULL pointer.
* Fix for old versions of GTK.
* Improve internationalisation support.
* Improve handling of bitmap opacity.
* Fix redraw issues with non-HTML content.
* Cleaned up menu generation and handling.

BeOS/Haiku-specific
-------------------

* Fix build.
* Fix mimetype acquisition for local files.
* Improve handling of bitmap opacity.
* Enable knockout rendering optimisation.
* Improved polygon plotter accuracy.
* Fix colours on copy to clipboard.

AmigaOS-specific
----------------

* Fixed menus when switching tabs.
* Improved font handling.
* Text kerning.
* Update for OS4.1 Update 2.
* Simplify building of Cairo and non-Cairo versions.
* Fixed scrollbar handling.
* Better NetSurf icon.
* Improve installer.
* Better support for ARexx commands.
* Context sensitive cut/copy/paste.
* Fix clipping for non-HTML contents.
* Option to show icon under drag saves.
* Bitmap plot optimisations.
* Now uses core fetcher for file: URLs.

Framebuffer-specific
--------------------

* Framebuffer toolkit rationalised.
* Improved scrollbar support.
* Added X surface handler.
* Improved scheduling.
* Fixed redraw issues.
* Improved keypress handling.
* On screen keyboard.
* History window.
* Configurable window furniture size.
* Support for scaled bitmap plotting.
* Factored out common plot code for rendering at different bpp.
* Load and save cookies file on start and quit.
* Improve handling of bitmap opacity.

Also included are many smaller bug fixes, improvements and
documentation enhancements.


    

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Re: NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
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Good work!

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Great work. This is a nice browser to have.

It is more feature complete and stable than any other browser for OS4.


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@PulsatingQuasar
More feature complete (unless you include IBrowse), but I'm not so sure about more stable (OWB is rock-solid here).


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Nice.

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Thank you for this new version!


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It freezes on lots of pages here so no it isn't as stable as OWB. Once it gets there it will rock though .

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@hotrod

In preferences, rendering tab, toggle cache native versions to none


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@Chris_Y

That didn't help. Here are two sites where this happens:

http://www.aftonbladet.se/

http://www.expressen.se/

The window goes grey and that's it. The mousepointer dissapears too.

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They both work here, take an incredibly long time to process though.


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Late comment, but only saw it today, missed it yesterday night.

AWESOME

No sorry,

Totally tubular man,

Hehe.

I like NetSurf for downloading, but I will find out if I will like it for other stuff now with its latest updates.


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@Chris_Y

Can you move the mousepointer? I can't (USB), and the dock CPUTemp doesn't show any activity. The window are completely grey, also the the part at the bottom of the window with status dissapears and you only get a slider.

However it continues to update the clock, the CPUTemp are working etc. I'm just wondering if this is "normal"?

This seems to happen with lots of sites, here is another one:

http://www.blocket.se/

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@HotRod

Exaclty the same here with (amongst others) :

http://www.numericable.fr
http://www.pcworld.fr

And the moue pointer is frozen too (PS2)


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Quote:
Can you move the mousepointer?


Yes. All those sites are working here.

Which version are you using - gfx.lib or Cairo?

Can you get a crashlog out of serial?


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@Chris_Y

I'll check with the crashlog later but I've tried both versions and the result is the same.

EDIT: I'm not able to get a crashlog, I don't have the time right now.

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I've the same problem with those pages, and I am using cairo, havent tried gfx.lib... Netsurf feels much faster though with pages that works. Nicely done!..


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@Alkaron and Chris_Y

I have to agree, it feels great so I really hope that this can be fixed. I would be using this browser a lot if it wasn't for this issue making it allmost unusable. It works on amigaworld.net, amigans.net, os4depot.net though :P

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Posting with NetSurf 2.6 graphics.library static build.

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Hello,

for me the problem came from site with javascript use. For example, gmail crash but after passing all the https check and start to create the gmail page.

also for my http://192.168.1.1 crash with this new version but work with previous version of netsurf (of course, not the javascript stuff but no crash).


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@hotrod

If you haven't done so, give NetSurf 2.5 a try.

Regarding
http://www.aftonbladet.se/
http://www.expressen.se/

Both of these sites render ok for me using NetSurf 2.5.
Both also open extra windows which may be causing some problems for NetSurf 2.6.
http://www.aftonbladet.se/ opens a window with weather information and a blank window.
http://www.expressen.se/ opens a "Facebook" window.

If I use NetSurf 2.5 it takes a long time for either site to process and I get extra windows. I have to hit the stop button for http://www.aftonbladet.se/ because it takes forever to load something.
If I use NetSurf 2.6 my system opens a large extra window over top of my NetSurf window and the system freezes up solid. ctrl alt alt reset or power reset to clear
If I use OWB 3.30 it takes a very long time for either site to process and I have to hit the stop button for http://www.aftonbladet.se/ because it takes forever to load something.

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BTW I did not try the other sites reported in this thread.

Last edited by redfox on 25-Sep-2010 at 04:02 PM.
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@redfox

I didn't have these issues with 2.5. I know that the sites are huge and takes time to render but that isn't the issue, it happens with simpler sites as well. Opening extra windows can be an issue, I know, but with 2.5 the browser continued to work if that happened and AFAICR they closed with the tab.

It seems like 2.6 are opening a window covering the mainwindow like you say and then you're stack and have to reboot.

This site is much simpler: http://www.blocket.se/ but it has the same issue.

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