Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Jan 2013 14:22 UTC
Opera Software This is actually pretty big news - both exciting and tragic at the same time. Opera has revealed Opera Ice, its next mobile browser, to PocketLint. This new browser represent a big shift in both user interface as well as rendering engine, since it has a new, unique interface, as well as a new rendering engine... New to Opera, that is, as it's a WebKit-browser.
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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 19:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Bill Shooter of Bul
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I don't know what your real terms are that you're using to define "user-freedom", but I think I disagree.

Have you ever tried writing your own browser from scratch? I mean, even a simple text based, no javascript one?

Forking it won't immediately change an ios user's experience, but that's kind of a narrow view. Webkit itself started off as KHTML. I bet you would have written off the continued development of KHTML as well. Who ever thought that KHTML was ever going to be used by real people, ever?

Once source is free and open, it ends up being found in the most unlikely places imaginable. If its not Apple's gear, then maybe someone you've never heard of will rise up and perfect the brain-computer interface complete with a forked webkit based interface. You just never know. Having a free piece of valuable software like a rendering engine lowers the barrier to entry, encouraging competition.

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