Wayfarer 1.1 Web browser using MorphOS 3.14 on X5000
It is good to be back talking about NextGen Amiga updates again in 2020. Today I am taking a look at very exciting web browser update for MorphOS called Wayfarer version 1.1, promising modern web browser functionality using the latest Webkit version. It needs the recently released MorphOS 3.14 installed on my AmigaOne X5000 first, so let's dive in!
Now that my AmigaOne X5000 is a dedicated MorphOS computer after a number of attempts in the past, it is great to see regular OS updates for MorphOS, with this latest one released just this week. It is great to see development of NextGen Amiga operating systems continuing in 2020.
I booted off the CDROM by hitting escape on the boot screen above, then selecting to boot MorphOS, which then detects the CDROM is a MorphOS bootCD and boots off it:
With the selection of US keyboard, I then get the Ambient desktop, with the First Flight window open and ready for me to start the installation process:
I then started the installation process:
I then grab a coffee as it installs the files on the system hard disk. Eventually the installation process completes, and ready for rebooting:
I then successfully boot into MorphOS 3.14 on my X5000. As this release is a bug fix release rather than having new features, I don't plan to spend any time on the changes as they are in the background rather than any new features to explore.
I next set about downloading and installing Wayfarer v1.1 web browser, which as mentioned requires MorphOS 3.14 to work. You can get Wayfarer from https://wayfarer.icu/
Here is the new Wayfarer v1.1 web browser on first launch:
Keen to dive in, I logged into Microsoft Office portal to try out Office online, something that has never worked at all on any Amiga web browser in the past in my testing. Wayfarer supported the dual factor authentication login and (although slow to load up) does display the Office online applications:
I also looked at Outlook online, which runs in basic mode rather than the full normal web version, but works fine like this:
Using the mobile version of Facebook website works much better in Wayfarer and loads quickly, obviously looks a lot less pretty though.
I know I can't watch videos yet using Wayfarer, but I loaded in my Twitch live stream website next, which renders the page quite well, but it ignored the dark mode theme I selected in my profile:
Loading Twitter in the browser results in messages about the browser no longer being supported, but apart from not playing videos, it displays well in Wayfarer:
I fired up two news websites next in Australia - ABC News and The Advertiser. Both display ok in Wayfarer:
Discord website renders well in Wayfarer too - below I am catching up on news in the official Apollo Team channel (Classic Amiga Vampire accelerators) and reviewing some tips for Animal Crossing New Horizons (I play it with my wife):
eBay displays well, as does F1.com: