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Offline pVC

MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« on: October 13, 2020, 07:15:14 PM »
The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of MorphOS 3.14. While mostly a maintenance and stability release, this update also brings multiple technological improvements in the kernel. Out of these, the most notable are TLS support in exec.library, updates to the Netstack and ixemul.library.
Wayfarer, a new web browser based on a modern mid-2020 branch of WebKit is now available for download from wayfarer.icu. This new app makes it possible to browse most of the web that have become off-limits for Odyssey with its ageing engine. Google apps like Docs, Drive and Maps with Street view are supported just as the Whatsapp or Telegram web interfaces.
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Offline Matt_H

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 04:52:30 AM »
Exec-level TLS support is a fascinating and unexpected development. Curious to see what that will open up in the future.

Speaking of curiosity, was there a reason Odyssey couldn't be updated with a newer WebKit? I would have thought that would be easier than building a new browser from scratch. Or is Wayfarer basically the same as Odyssey with a new name and engine? Honest questions - not trying to be provocative. :)

I'm not near my MorphOS machine at the moment, but I'm looking forward to trying this out when I am. Thanks as always!
« Last Edit: October 14, 2020, 04:53:10 AM by Matt_H »
 

Offline kolla

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2020, 02:27:50 AM »
TLS in this context is threading library support, I presume, and not transport layer security, which most users would think of when they see TLS :)
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Offline SamuraiCrow

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2020, 05:59:17 AM »
Close, it's thread local storage.  8)
 

Offline pVC

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2020, 11:02:38 AM »
Speaking of curiosity, was there a reason Odyssey couldn't be updated with a newer WebKit? I would have thought that would be easier than building a new browser from scratch. Or is Wayfarer basically the same as Odyssey with a new name and engine? Honest questions - not trying to be provocative. :)
I don't know technical details that well, but yes, Odyssey was a dead-end for newer WebKits and AFAIK it wasn't reasonable to try to update it even with all these improvements in the OS, which made it possible to port a newer WebKit in the first place.

There's nothing from the old browsers in Wayfarer and it's been completely written from scratch. Support added to the OS and browser written in ObjectiveC from scratch makes it easier to keep updated in the future too.

BTW. Wayfarer has already updated to version 1.2 now, see the change log here.
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Offline Matt_H

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2020, 08:00:18 PM »
Close, it's thread local storage.  8)

Ah yes, yes, thread local storage. Good ol' thread local storage... I, uh, have no idea what that means. :) But I suppose my point stands: will be interesting to see what possibilities this opens up in the future.

I don't know technical details that well, but yes, Odyssey was a dead-end for newer WebKits and AFAIK it wasn't reasonable to try to update it even with all these improvements in the OS, which made it possible to port a newer WebKit in the first place.

There's nothing from the old browsers in Wayfarer and it's been completely written from scratch. Support added to the OS and browser written in ObjectiveC from scratch makes it easier to keep updated in the future too.

BTW. Wayfarer has already updated to version 1.2 now, see the change log here.
Interesting. I had been wondering why development on OWB seemed to have stalled. I guess this project explains it. I look forward to trying it out!
« Last Edit: October 18, 2020, 08:01:27 PM by Matt_H »
 

Offline nbache

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2020, 08:19:52 PM »
Ah yes, yes, thread local storage. Good ol' thread local storage... I, uh, have no idea what that means. :)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thread-local_storage

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Offline kolla

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2020, 09:23:25 AM »
I just remember when TLS was added to gcc and glibc on Linux/68k around 7-8 years ago, it was a commercial endavour :)
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Offline pVC

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2020, 06:24:30 PM »
1.3:
- Minor performance improvements, mostly on G5
- Fixed lists in settings displaying no text, sometimes crashing
- Fixed url string background offsets
- Activate an exiting tab instead of adding a new one for downloads/bookmarks/settings
- Fixed tab buttons becoming invisible or corrupt on some configs
- Fixed an issue where adding a link to quick links via menu would display them in a wrong location in the Bookmarks tab
- Fixed quicklink buttons to respect releasing mouse of of button bounds

1.4:
- Fixed an issue where adding a link to bookmarks via menu would try to insert it to a wrong tree node in a Bookmarks tab
- Rolled back some compilation setting tweaks since they were causing issues on some G4 cpus

1.5:
- Wayfarer now starts via a loader app
- Added an early loading splash window, shutdown splash window (via loader)
- Crashes in Wayfarer are caught by the loader which cleans up the windows and as many resources as possible, usually allowing a restart of the application
- Implemented a way to send bugreports directly after a crash, including debug information and the most recently visited URLs
- Added Eruda web inspector integration
- It's now possible to select a session to load on application start or automatically re-store the previous state
- Sessions store the active tab
- Enabled the Intersection Observer in WebCore
- Reduced the number of SQL file writes
- Separate interpolation setting for image links
- Quicklink buttons respect favicon settings, update on favicon changes
- Added a file requester to the downloads path in Settings
- Added quit confirmation requester settings
- Fixed navigating to wayfarer:// links without explicitly doing it from the menu
- Fixed CPU clock detection code
- Fixed a double-start issue where the 2nd instance would not quit
- Fixed a potential crash in favicon code
- Fixed right shift key handling in some hotkeys
- Fixed tab button backgrounds
- Fixed ghost effects after closing tabs on some MUI configurations
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Offline nbache

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2020, 07:10:35 PM »
- Implemented a way to send bugreports directly after a crash, including debug information and the most recently visited URLs
Hmm ...

Just thinking - are you sending a copy directly to NSA while you're at it? :o

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Offline F1Lupo

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2020, 11:03:59 PM »
great news! congrats to MorphOS team ;D
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Offline AndyFC

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2020, 05:20:24 PM »
This is great news. I've had a MorphOS-capable PowerMac G4 for almost a year and this week a friend and I spent the morning playing with our A1200s and MorphOS machines. He found 3.14 much easier to install than the last release and we have some solid & stable machines now thanks to the Chrysalis pack and WHDLOpener.

I'm keeping an eye out for a better graphics card as mine is a Radeon 7000 which appears to be the slowest supported card.
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Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2020, 05:47:34 PM »
Just want to mention :
https://paypal.me/wayfarerbrowser
http://bounties.morph.zone (please see forum for obsolete bounties first)

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Offline Pyromania

Re: MorphOS 3.14 and a new web browser released
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2020, 07:13:56 PM »
Great browser, even on a slow Mac mini. First time I ever saw the HTML5 DiscreetFX Intro animation work on an Amiga like system. See for yourself.

www.DiscreetFX.com