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Software News   Software News : NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
   posted by Chris_Y on 22-Sep-2010 20:42:49 (6097 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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RacerX 
Re: NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
Posted on 25-Sep-2010 23:35:22
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Quote:

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:

I get the same thing - grey screen, frozen mouse pointer, clock still works - on this site:

www.mycokerewards.com

I even tried re-installing it but got the same result. The first install I used the Cairo version and installed it over my existing Netsurf. The second install I deleted the NetSurf drawer and installed the other version.


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Re: NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
Posted on 26-Sep-2010 17:33:22
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OK, I've managed to reproduce it now ("opening extra windows" is useful information which should have been reported at the start of this discussion).

The fix/workaround is to add/change the following line in Resources/Options:

no_iframes:1

That will resolve the problem with all the sites reported in this thread. I suspect sites which use frames probably aren't working either, if you need to use those it is probably a good idea to revert back to 2.5 for now.

Frames are supposed to be completely overhauled for 3.0 but I'll see if I can get this fixed for an interim development snapshot at some point before then.


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Re: NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
Posted on 26-Sep-2010 21:51:18
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@Chris_Y

Thanks I will try. Also about your comment:

1. It opens the window fast so at first I didn't realize that it had opened a new window.

2. I explained what it looked like so you could've figured this out yourself too.

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Re: NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
Posted on 26-Sep-2010 22:27:50
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@Chris_Y

Thanks for all your efforts so far with NetSurf.

no_iframes:1 ... resolves the problems with the sites hotrod reported.

The website for my user group www.amicue.org uses frames. NetSurf 2.6 opens a new window ontop of the NetSurf window and my system freezes.

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Re: NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
Posted on 29-Sep-2010 9:43:15
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@Chris_Y
Is it worth sending you crash logs? (Not related to previous posts.)

Last edited by ChrisH on 29-Sep-2010 at 09:43 AM.


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Re: NetSurf 2.6 web browser released for OS4
Posted on 29-Sep-2010 17:38:07
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@ChrisH

If they're reproduceable and not frames-related, yes.

Frames I've fixed but I'm waiting until something slightly interesting gets merged across before I do a dev build release.

Chris


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@Chris_Y Quote:
If they're reproduceable and not frames-related, yes.

No, not reproducable. Just random crashes for no obvious reason (e.g. on start-up). Thought crashlog might help in identifying the source....


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Posted on 29-Sep-2010 22:28:28
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You're welcome to send them along, could well be something obvious.


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Posted on 30-Sep-2010 18:13:54
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@Chris_Y

I just wanted to add that this browser are really nice and I really appreciate your work! What did suprice me was that scrolling are really fast at http://www.aftonbladet.se/ since it isn't with OWB. It feels faster over all and I really like the GUI .

I'm really looking forward to new releases

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Posted on 30-Sep-2010 18:19:31
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@hotrod

Thanks. Parts of the redraw code have been optimised between 2.5 and 2.6, although NetSurf is generally faster than OWB anyway, as it is designed for old creaky hardware rather than fast shiny new stuff

More optimisations are on the cards, so it should get even faster!

Oh, and thanks for the bug report, it's a shame I didn't pick up the problem before the 2.6 release.

Last edited by Chris_Y on 30-Sep-2010 at 06:21 PM.


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@Chris_Y

I like "even faster" :P . I'd like to add that I didn't find the loading time of http://www.aftonbladet.se/ too bad, I thought it would be worse actually :) .

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