WebPositive r488 in Haiku
|Developer(s)||Andrea Anzani, Stephan Aßmus, Rene Gollent, Ryan Leavengood, Michael Lotz, Maxime Simon|
|Initial release||February 2010|
|Stable release||r580 / June 1, 2011|
|Engine||WebKit (Based on KHTML)|
|License||2-clause BSD License, GNU LGPL|
WebPositive (also called Web+) is the graphical web browser included as part of the Haiku operating system since version R1 / Alpha 2. It was created to replace the aging BeZillaBrowser (a port of Firefox 2) with a native WebKit-based browser.
Currently, there is partial support for HTML5, excluding primarily <audio> and <video> support due to a lack of code in the Media Kit. WebPositive does not currently support any form of plugins, although developer Stephan Aßmus has suggested that he may look into plugin support in the future.
In the Google Summer of Code 2009, Maxime Simon, mentored by Ryan Leavengood, was commissioned to work on the WebKit port, initiated by the work Leavengood had done for a bounty on the Haikuware website. This led to the development of the HaikuLauncher prototype browser, which demonstrated the functionality of the WebKit rendering engine but did little else.
In February 2010, Stephan Aßmus took on the task of improving the HaikuLauncher web browser to a usable state. This led to many preview releases before a relatively stable version (r488) was integrated into Haiku R1 / Alpha 2.
As of late 2010, Ryan Leavengood is taking over as the lead developer of WebPositive.
- Maxime Simon: WebKit and Native Browser. "Wrap-up Reports 2009 : Google Summer of Code, Haiku Code Drive". Haiku (operating system). 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
- vom Dorff, Karl (2007-07-18). "Webkit Port". Haikuware. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
- Holwerda, Thom (2010-03-04). "NetPositive Gets Successor: WebPositive Emerges". OSNews. Retrieved 2011-12-27.