Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 22:27 UTC
Google It's apparently browser engine day today. After Mozilla and Samsung announcing Servo, Google has just announced it's forking WebKit into Blink. Like WebKit, Blink will be open source, and it will also be used by other browser makers - most prominently, Opera has already announced it's not using WebKit, but Blink. Update: Courtesy of MacRumors, this graph illustrates how just how much Google contributed to WebKit. Much more than I thought. Also, Chrome developer Alex Russell: "To make a better platform faster, you must be able to iterate faster. Steps away from that are steps away from a better platform. Today's WebKit defeats that imperative in ways large and small. It's not anybody's fault, but it does need to change. And changing it will allow us to iterate faster, working through the annealing process that takes a good idea from drawing board to API to refined feature."
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by Nelson on Thu 4th Apr 2013 02:26 UTC
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Its interesting how people just a few weeks ago were screaming for everyone to "standardize on WebKit" and preaching that a single web engine was great for the web.

Not that I'm criticizing Google's move, I'm all for doing what makes the most business sense. Google thinks it needs to control its destiny and priorities with regards to its web rendering technology. Thats fine. Thats the nature of these projects and forking is part of the game.

I'm interested into what broke down between Apple, Google, and the planning for WebKit2 (which was supposed to bring multi-process support) to lead to this. Its a rather drastic move.

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