Yggdrasil approved by The World Wide Web Consortium to develop Arena Web Browser

Yggdrasil approved by The World Wide Web Consortium to develop Arena Web Browser

Post by Adam J. Richt » Wed, 19 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Yggdrasil approved by The World Wide Web Consortium to develop
"Arena" Web Browser.

Free software takes aim at web browsers.


Bill Selmeier
Yggdrasil Computing, Inc.
+1 408 261 6630


Sally Khudairi
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium


Steve Cook
Pearl Software
(510) 642-4361


San Jose, CA -- February 17, 1997 -- The World Wide Web Consortium
[W3C] has approved Yggdrasil Computing to coordinate future
development of Arena, a powerful graphical web browser originally
developed as the Consortium's research testbed.  Under the agreement,
Yggdrasil will undertake new development and support the developer
community on the internet.  Yggdrasil will issue regular releases,
provide a centralized file archive and web site, integrate contributed
enhancements and fixes, create mailing lists for developers and users,
and facilitate widespread use of Arena by others.

Yggdrasil's additions to Arena will be placed under the "GNU General
Public License", which allows unlimited distribution both for profit
and not for profit, provided that source code is made freely
available, including source code to any modifications.  No exclusive
rights have been given to Yggdrasil.  Anybody could legally do what
Yggdrasil is doing, although the Consortium now considers Yggdrasil
the formal maintainer of Arena.


The Arena web browser creates a new vehicle by which developers of
browser technology will be able to reach large numbers of users.  "We
are eager to work with browser companies that want to use Arena to
widely distribute free browser software as part of their marketing
strategy.  We are especially interested in working with members of the
World Wide Web Consortium," explained Yggdrasil president Adam


Although Arena currently only runs under Linux and Linux-like systems
such as UNIX(R) and FreeBSD, Yggdrasil announced that it has taken the
first step toward bringing Arena to MS-Windows platforms by licensing
an X-Windows emulator from Pearl Software which will enable an
MS-Windows version of Arena.  "Because the Windows environment is not
our focus, we are looking for a partner company to market the DOS
product," said Richter.  "We believe that CD-ROM titles that include a
browser, the OEM market and other bundling arrangements would be
substantial opportunities for such a company, just for starters."


Arena is a graphical web browser comprised entirely of free software.
Its origins predate proprietary packages such as Netscape Navigator,
Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mosaic.  It is the source of a number
of innovations which have since been copied by other web browsers.
"Arena has pioneered important HTML concepts like tables and style
sheets. Without Arena, the Web would not look the same today," said
Hakon Lie, Style Sheets Lead at W3C. "We are happy to see the Arena code
being maintained
by the free software community and Yggdrasil."  
Now that the free
software community is organizing around Arena, development is expected
to accelerate dramatically.  "Our first developer snapshots
incorporate an upgrade to the latest web library from the World Wide
Web Consortium, which facilitates inclusion of URL types designed
to ease interfaces to search engines" predicted Yggdrasil's Arena
project coordinator, Qing Long.  "After that, we expect to do
developer maintenance releases as often as once a week as we stabilize
the code and add new features."


The W3C was created to develop common protocols that enhance the
interoperability and promote the evolution of the World Wide Web. It is
an industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer
Science (LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in
Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in
Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of
information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; reference
code implementations to embody and promote standards; and various
prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology.
To date over 156 organizations are Members of the Consortium.


Pearl Software is a software company founded in 1993 to bring free
graphical software developed by the Linux and unix communities to the
Windows market.  The Oakland, California, based company is best known
for its Win-Emacs product, a Windows version of the popular XEmacs
development environment.


Yggdrasil Computing is a software company founded in 1992 to turn free
software developed on the internet into viable solutions for
businesses and consumers.  Yggdrasil publishes, supports and develops
a line of products based on Linux, a clone of the UNIX(R) operating
system consisting entirely of free software developed on the internet.
The Arena web browser will play an important role in Yggdrasil's
efforts to provide complete solutions to customers based on the free
software model.


New releases of the Arena web browser are accessible on the internet
under the URL ftp://ftp.yggdrasil.com/pub/dist/web/arena.  There

on subscribing to either list by sending an email message with "help"


at http://www.yggdrasil.com/Products/Arena.

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of Microsoft Corporation.

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1. SVNet meeting July 19th.: World Wide Web - Building a Quality Web Site

SVNet Meeting: Jul 19, 1995, 7:30 pm, Mountain View (FREE, Open to Public)

       SVNet is a SF Bay area UNIX and Open Systems user's group
       which sponsors technical presentations at its monthly meetings.  
       The meetings are free and open to the public.  
       The next presentation will be:

WHAT:     World Wide Web - How to Build a Quality Web Site

Virtually everyone (with the possible exception of Rumpelstiltskin)
is aware of the burgeoning interest in the World Wide Web (WWW).
Organizations small and large are clamoring to establish Web sites
to reach the millions of users who find joy (or, valuable information)
by surfing the Net.  Building a quality Web site, however, may be
another matter.  By quality we mean a site that will provide users
with the information or entertainment they are looking for in
a manner that is quick, easy and intuitive.

Tonight's SVNet presentation will examine both the hard and soft sides
of setting up a quality Web site, along with a smattering of historical
and technical background.

Our speakers from Organic Online will provide an brief overview of
the World Wide Web and how to access it. They will then go into the
nuts-and-bolts of how someone goes about providing information
on the web. This will include what hardware & software is available,
web design techniques using HTML, Images, Layout and Architecture,
and other practical issues that need to be considered when building
a quality Web site.

WHO:     Cliff Skolnick, Brian Behlendorf, Jonathan Nelson
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         The presenters are founding partners and staff of Organic
         Online, a company that provides Internet-related technical
         and design services.  Their professional backgrounds are a
         mix of technical and publishing experience.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 19, 1995 at 7:30 pm
        (We meet regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month)

WHERE:  Sun Microsystems Bldg. 6, 2750 Coast Avenue, Mountain View
    Coast Ave appears to be just a driveway next to Bldg. 5 on Garcia Ave
    between Amphitheatre Pkwy and San Antonio, so don't get confused.

For more information, please call either Paul Fronberg at (415) 366-6403
        or Ralph Barker at (415) 655-4280

     SVNet is a UNIX  and open systems user group supported
                 by member dues and donations.

             SVNet Meetings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

        UNIX is a registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries
            licensed exclusively by X/Open, Ltd.

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