Web browsing has historically been quite a neglected part of RISC OS, and as we all know, it’s by far the most popular type of application when it comes to modern-day desktop computing.
In terms of usage, looking at the web server logs for this website – it looks like the vast majority of users hitting the website from RISC OS (which actually is a minority) are still using NetSurf (76%), with Otter Browser also having a fair chunk (16%). There also appears to be one visit a week or so from a
nutter person using Acorn Browse.
What’s quite exciting is there’s a significant amount of development being pumped into two WebKit-based browsers – Origyn and Iris. The work is being co-ordinated by RISC OS Developments, who are working to give both browsers a RISC OS look-and-feel (iconbar icon, RISC OS UI windows etc.) which is where these browsers differ from Otter and QupZilla.
Origyn and Iris aren’t available for download yet, and it’s not certain as to whether they’ll be commercial or free releases (I suspect the latter) but from the information that’s available on these projects so far it looks like this could be a huge move forward in making RISC OS attractive to users as a general purpose desktop operating system.