Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Sep 2008 19:56 UTC, submitted by KAMiKAZOW
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The WebKit team is currently busy, integrating the patches made for Google Chrome into the main WebKit repository. This includes the new V8 JavaScript engine and the Skia graphics library. Most integration work is done by Google employee and WebKit reviewer Eric Seidel. V8 is a fast, BSD licensed JavaScript engine that runs on 32bit x86 and ARM CPUs. Due that platform restriction, V8 probably won't replace WebKit's new SquirrelFish engine anytime soon as default, because SquirrelFish has broader CPU architecture support. Epiphany developer and WebKit reviewer Alp Toker gives an overview about Skia. Unlike V8, Skia is licensed under the Apache License 2.0. Some of Skia's main features are optional OpenGL-based acceleration, thread-safety, 10,000 less lines of code compared to Cairo, and high portability.

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RE[2]: Skia
by baadger on Sat 6th Sep 2008 21:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Skia"
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I meant Chrome, because Webkit isn't an app.

Cairo has been 'ported' to Windows too, it has a solid Windows GDI back-end, and there are semi-official binaries for Windows on and at a few other sites.

And yes, Webkit is 'nicely abstracted' alright, except Cairo and Skia are already abstractions on other libraries such as various X libs/capabilities, GDI, SDL, OpenGL etc. Skia is being pulled into the WebKit tree, WebKit is being pulled into the Qt 4.4(?) tree as well into the GNOME desktop codebase for use in Epiphany's Webkit back-end. Both the GNOME and Qt/KDE platforms already have their own designated drawing libraries, Arthur and Cairo.

Just what is going on here? Why another drawing library?

It looks like Skia SGL was an acquisition:

It seems to me that Skia SGL has little to do with 'competing' with Cairo on the desktop and more to with maybe getting Google's foot stuck further in the door with Opera on mobile devices.

Edited 2008-09-06 21:42 UTC

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