Re: [dev] surf: web browser on archlinux

From: Uriel <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 03:00:03 +0200

You are judging it by the gtk linux port, which is clearly useless and
braindead (IIRC they even use glade *yuck*). The whole point is that
it doesn't really depend on any toolkit, there is even a framebuffer
port, so it should be trivial (compared to webkit) to build a sane
interface for it.

As for the lines of code, it is mostly external libs that they happen
to include in their tree, if webkit did the same it would be many
millions of lines.


On Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 9:07 PM, Szabolcs Nagy<> wrote:
> On 7/3/09, Uriel <> wrote:
>> to go, at the moment I really like Net-Surf
>> it is the only browser around written
>> in a sane language that doesn't depend on any braindead toolkit and
>> has the potential to be usable.
> answering from netsurf..
> * feels a bit faster than ff, but has rendering issues
> * gtk backend is not complete yet (no copy paste, textarea cannot be
> scrolled with mouse, very limited preferences..)
> * pango unicode font rendering still sucks (scrolling
> == 100% cpu)
> * code base is not small (>300KLOC ansic, lots of libs)
> * able to export page as pdf (wtf?)
> * css support is fairly complete, no .js
> * i've just managed to crash it
> * ^W ^U.. does not work ;)
> ...
> i don't think it's a viable alternative
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