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I hear there have been some new browsers released for OS/2. What's the news?
There's been quite a bit of browser activity. The list includes
Mozilla Release Candidate 1
IBM Web Browser 1.2
Opera for OS/2 beta 3
Mozilla Release Candidate 1.0
Mozilla is approaching a 1.0 release. See
Mozilla Home for the details of what this really means.
Basically, it is a feature and interface freeze.
This will provide a stable environment for developing add-ins and specialized builds.
For example, we might see a lightweight, browser-only build of Mozilla sometime
soon after the v1.0 GA release.
Future 1.x releases will concentrate on performance improvements and bug fixes.
The current milestone release is available at the
For the adventurous, there are always the somewhat misnamed
which are built continually throughout the day.
Mike Kaply recommends using the 8am builds because they tend to be better tested.
In any case, the Daily Builds are definitely beta code, so be prepared to revert to
a previous version, if needed.
That said, they also have the latest fixes and features.
The current Daily Builds now include many of the drag and drop features that we have
been missing with Mozilla.
Response to this milestone release has been mixed. For some it works fine. Others
have had problems with the mail component. As a browser, it's a definite upgrade from
the 0.9.9 milestone. This version now supports almost all of the plug-ins supported by Netscape 4.6.1.
The one notable exception is the Feature Installer plug-in.
IBM Web Browser v1.2
IBM has released an update to the IBM branded version of Mozilla.
It's available to eCS customers at eComStation
and to Software Choice customers at
The version is based on the Mozilla 0.9.4 milestone so it is missing many of the
features of the Mozilla v1.0 Release Candidate.
However, it does have the benefit of additional IBM testing and is available in several
Opera for OS/2 beta 3
The folks at Opera have released beta 3 of the OS/2 port
of their browser.
Early reports are mostly positive. The User Interface is somewhat different, but Opera has
a strong following because of its small memory footprint and overall performance.
Since the Opera port makes heavy use of the Odin
libraries, it can run most native Windows plug-ins. Depending on your point of view, this is either a
good thing or a bad thing.
elinks v 0.3
is a text-mode web browser.
eLinks stands for Experimental Links and is one of the development
branches of the original
Development continues on the original Links but there have been no recent OS/2 ports.
The most recent is
Links for OS/2 which is well over a year old.
the current eLinks OS/2 release from
eLinks has the typical features a text mode browser needs to usefully render today's HTML.
It understands tables and frames and SSL.
It also has a few extra features such as background downloads and FTP support.
The eLinks source is under the GNU license and development is active.
is another text mode browser.
The current OS/2 port can be
As with eLinks, Lynx supports frames, tables and SSL. In addition, several NLS versions are available.
As with eLinks, the Lynx source is under the GNU license and development is active.
The What is Lynx
page lists some interesting ways that Lynx has been used, including:
Lynx has reportedly been ported to PDAs.
Lynx is used as a back-end for vocal web-browsers which can be accessed via the telephone.
Finally, there is ICE Browser. ICE Browser is a Java Bean integrated into the Java-based
This allows PolarBar to display that annoying, but must read HTML mail without spawning an external browser.
This is somewhat of a turnabout from the typical situation where the browser includes a mail client along with the kitchen sink.
Mr. KIA does not yet know which ICE Browser PolarBar uses and Google lists several
and because he is late going to
press he has decided to leave this as an exercise for the reader.
Note: You also might want to reference reports published earlier about these and other popular browsers for OS/2 users.
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