NetSurf

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NetSurf
Developer(s)The NetSurf Developers
Initial releaseMay 19, 2007; 17 years ago (2007-05-19)
Stable release
3.11[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 28 December 2023; 6 months ago (28 December 2023)
Preview releasePublic Autobuilder (n/a) [±]
Repository
Written in
Redox OS, Nintendo 3DS
, Plan 9; KolibriOS port in development
Size4.0 MB (RISC OS)
6.9 MB (AmigaOS)
TypeWeb browser
LicenseGPL-2.0-only
Websitewww.netsurf-browser.org Edit this on Wikidata

NetSurf is an

bookmarks, and page thumbnailing
.

The NetSurf project was started in April 2002 in response to a discussion of the deficiencies of the RISC OS platform's existing web browsers.[3] Shortly after the project's inception, development versions for RISC OS users were made available for download by the project's automated build system. NetSurf was voted "Best non-commercial software" four times in Drobe Launchpad's annual RISC OS awards between 2004 and 2008.[4][5][6][7]

NetSurf supports both mainstream systems (e.g. macOS and Unix-like) and older or uncommon platforms (e.g. AmigaOS, Haiku, Atari TOS, RISC OS, and Redox[8]).

The browser was ranked in 2011 as number 8 in an article highlighting 10 browsers for

ZDNet.[9][10] In 2010 it was referred to as a CLI browser superior to w3m.[11]

Features

NetSurf's multi-platform core is written in

PNG and BMP images, the browser also supports formats native to RISC OS, including Sprite, Draw and ArtWorks
files.

It was suggested by developer John-Mark Bell in 2007 that support for JavaScript could be added.[13][14] This feature did not make it into NetSurf v2 back in 2008, nor into NetSurf v3 of 2013, but as of December 2012 there are some NetSurf preview-builds available which contain early-stage JavaScript support (later much improved).[15] On April 20, 2013, NetSurf 3.0 was released.[16]

History

NetSurf began in April 2002 as a web browser for the

Ubuntu, NetBSD, and OpenBSD
.

After five years of development, the first stable version of the browser was released on 19 May 2007 to coincide with the Wakefield RISC OS show.[19][20] Version 1.0 was made available for download from the project's web site and the software was sold on CD at the show.[21] After the release of NetSurf 1.0 there were two point-releases, which largely comprised bug fixes.[22] NetSurf 1.1 was released in August 2007 and in March 2008 the NetSurf 1.2 release was made available.[23][24]

NetSurf participated in

HTML 5 compliant parsing library, Hubbub.[28] All NetSurf development builds since 11 August 2008 have used Hubbub to parse HTML[29] and it is available for use in other projects under the MIT license.[30]

NetSurf was again accepted as a mentoring organisation into Google Summer of Code 2009.[31] The projects they ran included the development of LibDOM, the project's Document Object Model, and improvement of NetSurf's user interface.[32] The interface work included moving previously RISC OS-only functionality to the multi-platform core, including bookmarks, global history, cookie management and page search features. A port to the Windows operating system was also started.[33] In 2010 the NetSurf project did not apply to participate in Google Summer of Code due to the developers having other commitments.[34]

Ports

GTK NetSurf running under Linux

A native

X11 environment, a native AmigaOS port has also been developed.[48] In January 2009, NetSurf was made available on MorphOS, an operating system that is API-compatible with AmigaOS.[50] A Windows port is also available for download.[51]

A framebuffer port was created in September 2008.[12] Unlike the other ports, it does not use any GUI toolkit, but instead renders its own mouse pointer, scrollbars and other widgets. The framebuffer frontend has been used to create a web kiosk on embedded systems.[52] The Plan 9 port is also based on it.[53]

In January 2010, the NetSurf Developers announced the release of what they expected at the time to be the last release for RISC OS.[54] Lead developer John-Mark Bell said at the time "Realistically, the people qualified to maintain the RISC OS port are up to their necks in other stuff."[55] Subsequently, Steve Fryatt volunteered himself as maintainer.[56]

January 2011 saw the announcement of a

Mac OS X port.[57] A port to Atari 16-bit and 32-bit computers was also started in January 2011.[58]

An unofficial

TLS 1.2
support.

Forks

visurf

visurf is a

Wayland-only UI.[59]

See also

References

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