NetPositive (for BeOS)

NetPositive, sometimes called Net+, was the browser included with BeOS. The program has more spartan display capabilities, so it supports HTML 4.0 and parts of JavaScript, but neither Java nor stylesheets or frames.

The last official version before the purchase of "Be Incorporated" by Palm was 2.2.1, but there is also a 3.0d3 called beta version and a leaked version 2.2.2, in which the RSA encryption engine by OpenSSL has been replaced. "Be Inc." may want to exempt the source code from commercial components to allow for intentional release as open source, such as: For example, the OpenTracker project released the source code of the BeOS file manager Tracker under a minimally modified BSD license.

The compiled version of NetPositive, with all encryption libraries and non-operating system tools, such as HTTP or FTP program modules, is uncompressed between 1.4 and 1.7 MB in size, depending on the selected (or available) encryption strength.

NetPositive can be embedded into other applications, the user interface or the operating system itself using the mechanisms provided in the operating system. When Microsoft released the Active Desktop in Windows, it was touted as a big step forward. Be Inc. later claimed to have reproduced this functionality of Internet Explorer in Windows with NetPositive in "nine lines of code".

NetPositive remained the default browser of the ZETA operating system. For example, to open files, despite the incomplete realization of the operating system interfaces of the Mozilla Firefox for the BeOS. But then it finally announced the use of Firefox instead of NetPositive for Zeta.

Alternatives: Originally, NetPositive was the only browser for BeOS. However, after BeOS gained popularity, Opera Software also ported its Opera browser to BeOS. Likewise, open source browsers such as Mozilla (BeZilla) and Lynx have been ported to BeOS. And with Net++ (using the Gecko engine) and Themis even created two NetPositive clones.

Error Messages: NetPositive issued error messages in the form of a haiku, a Japanese poem form. From this, the current name of the open-source successor of BeOS, Haiku, opens up.

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