Building an Open Source Browser
One year ago -ages ago by Internet standards- Netscape released in open source the millions of lines of code of its flagship product Netscape Communicator. The expectation was that Communicator would quickly benefit from the work of legions of programmers around the world. To spearhead and promote this effort, an organization named after the company's legendary lizard, mozilla, was set up. The one year anniversary has now put mozilla.org again in the spotlight and already some are taking potshots at the project. The failure to ship a new product, the limited number of non-Netscape participants are criticized.
smart phones through the re-use of a proven desktop rendering engine that has been developed and optimized by a large open source community over many years.
This browser enables smart phone users to browse full Web pages on a smart phone
screen with features such as:
Preservation of the original page layout, presented just as the Web site designer intended;
Easy navigation of Web pages through page miniatures, reducing the amount of scrolling;
Pop-up blocking, enhanced start page, and simplified menus;
Visual History, an easy-to-use back function, showing miniature views of previous pages;
Java based X3D Toolkit and X3D Browser Xj3D is an open source (LGPL) project of the Web3D Consortium Source Working Group focused on creating a toolkit for VRML97 and X3D content written completely in Java. It serves a dual purpose of being an experimental
code base for trying out new areas of the X3D specification and as a library that we encourage application developers to use within their own application to support X3D technology.
Xj3D is highly componetized so it is easy to use only the components you need for developing your own X3D-based
project. This release features installers for Windows, Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X platforms. In addition the following X3D components have been implemented:
Geometry, DIS, GeoSpatial, H-Anim. New custom extensions for Xj3D include: Rigid Body Physics, Particle Systems, Clipping planes, Picking Utilities, Abstract Device IO. New profiles include the
CAD Interchange profile. Elumens Dome support is also now standard.
Mozilla set to release open-source browser The latest challenger to Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer browser -- Firefox 1.0, an open-source descendant of archrival Netscape
will be officially released today, promising faster Web page downloads and automatic blocking of pop-up ads.
The free browser was developed by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation in Mountain View and hundreds of volunteers relying on so-called open source software, which is available for anyone to use.
A preview version of the browser has already been downloaded 8 million times since September, raising hopes in some corners of the Internet industry that Microsoft's hold of the market may be weakening.
Flock releases beta of new open-source browser A new Web browser with a socially conscious streak was released for public tryout Thursday night by a group of 15 young entrepreneurs housed in a garage just off the Stanford University campus in Silicon Valley. Flock, as it is called, is a Mozilla Firefox-based, freely downloadable, open source browser that not only gets users around the Web quickly and efficiently, but integrates a number of Web services right into the software. Users can post a blog entry, build and share photo collections, and share favorite Web sites (bookmarks are for books, Flock says) with friends -- all in one place.
Flock, distributed under the Mozilla and GNU public licenses, is aimed mostly at bloggers. Analysts estimate there are 10 to 15 million sophisticated Internet users writing Internet journals -- the number is growing daily -- and Flock believes this is a prime target market.
Nokia, Apple building open-source browser Apple's Safari web browser may not be available on the majority of the world's personal computers (at least not officially, that is), but it's about to carve out a whole new market
- on smart phones. Nokia has been working with Apple to develop a new browser for its Series 60 phones, which will be based on WebCore and
Browser Innovation The goal of the Mozilla project is to promote innovation and enable the creation of standards-compliant client technology to help keep content on the web open. The key to open content is not any particular browser application, but openness, standards compliance and cross-platform technologies. The more people who use browsers based on open, standards-compliant technologies, the better the chances we will all enjoy viable choices in the way we conduct digital transactions.
Nokia Switches to Open-Source Browser Nokia is turning to open-source software developers to provide a new Web browser for smart phones based on its Series 60 mobile phone software platform, the company announced this week.
Series 60 is a user interface layer that runs on the Symbian smart phone operating system from Symbian. Nokia licenses its software to a number of companies, including LG Electronics, Lenovo Mobile, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, Sendo International, and Siemens, so the new browser could pop up all over the market.
The browser, to be included in future releases of the Series 60 software, uses two components already employed by Apple Computer in its Safari Web browser for its Mac OS X operating system.
Open-source browser set for challenge A new front has been opened in the long-dormant browser war, with an open-source program called Firefox aiming to challenge Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer.
But Microsoft Australia says there is no threat and Internet Explorer users do not want features that Firefox offers.
The Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit group "dedicated to preserving choice and promoting innovation on the internet," announced the release this week of its Firefox 1.0 browser.
Some eight million people downloaded a preview version issue last month.
Although Explorer, integrated into the Windows operating system used on most personal computers, has dominated the browser market, recent security problems with Explorer have prompted renewed interest in other browsers.
The World's Finest Ldap Browser
JXplorer is an open source ldap browser originally developed by Computer Associates' eTrust Directory development lab. It is a standards compliant general purpose ldap browser that can be used to read and search any ldap directory, or any X500 directory with an ldap interface. It is available for immediate free download under a standard OSI-style open source licence.
It's features include:
Standard ldap operations: add/delete/copy/modify
Complex operations: tree copy and tree delete
Optional GUI based search filter construction
SSL and SASL authentication
plug gable editors/viewers
plug gable security providers
HTML templates/forms for data display
Full i18n support
LDIF file format support
Netscape's Open Source Browser Revealed
If you're half as curious as we are, you've been dying to see what's new in Netscape's public source release. Mozilla, the name of the public release, only exists as C++ source code. You have to compile it into machine code before running it on your computer. Assuming you have a compiler and know what you're doing, compiling Mozilla can still take four to eight hours, sometimes more. It might be worth your time, though. Mozilla contains a subset of the early source code from Communicator 5.0. Therefore, it has new features that aren't in the current official products from Netscape Communicator 4.05.
Nokia launches open-source browser
Nokia announced that it was developing an open-source browser for phones that use its S60 smartphone software platform. The browser, now available to licensees of S60 3rd Edition, is based on the WebCore and
Nokia and Siemens (Profile, Products, Articles) build phones based on the S60 platform.
The browser will display Web pages to mobile phone users just as the page developers designed the page, Nokia said. It also includes pop-up blocking, access to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and a text search feature.
The World's First Browser-Based This unique software solution contains a range of cutting edge features bringing the latest security features to your organization. These include new stronger authentication measures, full VPN support and powerful new auditing and reporting tools among many others. All users can try a free trial of this powerful new extended feature set within their own environment for a thirty-day evaluation period.
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Enhanced Authentication Modules
SSL client certificate authentication
SMS (text message) authentication using one-time-password
Permanent Windows Explorer drive mapping
SafeNet iKey 2032 and Aladdin eToken Pro USB devices supported for FIPS-certified PKI authentication
Nokia to Open Source its Mobile Browser Code
In a bid to encourage the mobile phone industry to standardize on a single Web browser, Nokia on Wednesday released the source code for the mobile phone Web browser it developed last year.
Nokia designed the browser for its S60 line of phones using the same open-source frameworks used by Apple Computer for its Safari browser, and adding enhancements designed to improve mobile browsing. Mobile phone makers or operators can now access the engine that runs the Nokia-developed browser and customize it for their own needs.
We want to reduce the fragmentation currently in place in mobile browsing," said Lee Epting, vice president of Forum Nokia, Nokia?s software
development support program.
source browser improves Windows Mobile 5.0
Developer Doug Turner has released a new version of the open-source mini-Mozilla (MiniMo) browser for handheld devices. MiniMo version 0.13 includes better support for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, along with several new features and bug fixes, according to Turner.
Two key enhancements in version 0.13, according to Turner, are a redesigned user interface along with a
"Home Base" sidebar (see above screenshot) that offers easy access to common mobile applications.
The MiniMo project, which has focused on porting Mozilla to small consumer devices, aims to minimize code-size and runtime footprint while maximizing small-screen usability, according to the project's home page.
Nokia Releases Open Source Browser for Mobile Phones
Nokia is offering an Open Source browser for mobile phones using a mix of technologies from Open Source communities, including Apple?s Safari project.
Available for Nokia?s S60 phones, the browser was developed using WebCore and
Nokia engineers said they designed the browser to work well with high-speed and 3G mobile connections, enabling customers to get better graphics resolution and improve downloading on mobile phones.
Nokia engineers describe the use of different Open Source community technologies for their new browser as follows: ?The OS Abstraction Layer is partly defined by the existing open source browser components, and partly is the KWQ abstraction layer that was created by Apple. The KWQ layer that Nokia has ported to S60 will be published when it is complete, as part of the open source contribution.?
The Open Source Browser was built as a standalone extension of Warren Sack's Conversation Map system. The Conversation Map is much more than a simple social network browser: its interface provides an hybrid representation of activities in online social spaces by integrating social networks, semantic networks, and socio-linguistic networks. The Open Source Browser was designed to highlight and explore a different kind of hybridism: one that
encompasses social networks, software networks and, most importantly, socio-technical networks.
When pointed at an Open Source project, the OSS Browser extracts the email messages exchanged between the project participants as well as the record of their software programming activities (usually available through CVS - concurrent versioning system - databases; CVS records when a participant downloads parts of a project to work on, when he or she submits changes, etc.).
Popular open source browser Firefox
Just about a year after the launch, Mozilla says 100 million folk have downloaded its Firefox open source browser.
The success of the browser is directly due to the collaborative efforts of thousands of contributors worldwide, the corporation trumpeted. "Volunteer extension developers further enrich
Firebox's capabilities by enabling users to customize and enhance their browser and truly take back the Web," it said, reports Inquirer.
"Mozilla also congratulates the members of the Spread Firefox community for their success in reigniting the Web by driving the popularity of the browser," it reads.
Their global grassroots efforts have set a new standard for software marketing and played a significant role in helping Firefox to achieve this amazing
Open source embedded Linux web browser ViewML (Viewable Markup Language) is the first freely available, open source web browser targeted specifically at the embedded Linux platform. The web browser, known as The ViewML Project will be developed and maintained with source code made available to the public, as well as with contributions from the embedded Linux community.
As of now, the ViewML browser along with it's interface requires 2.1 MB of RAM, with a small disk image foot-print requiring only 760K.
The ViewML Project selected the KDE Desktop's kfm HTML display engine because of its superior design and display capabilities.
Open source and the web browser
The World Wide Web (the web) has become ubiquitous. Quite apart from the use that so many people make of the web for commerce and recreation, the web has changed the way that system administrators and many other IT professionals do their jobs. We now have access to a wealth of information as well as a staggeringly huge community of people making demands upon us to solve similar issues and problems. Consequently the web has dramatically shot to the forefront of the resources that we use to research and solve problems.
To access this rich source of information we use a web browser, a piece of software that allows us to display and interact with the documents hosted on web servers. The days are fading when software developers would write specific software clients to access resources in a client server model. Now, more and more software developers are developing client server solutions where no specific client is required as everything can be accessed via a web browser.