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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RE[2]: Comment by vtolkov
by vtolkov on Thu 4th Apr 2013 15:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vtolkov"
vtolkov
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The innovation was exactly Microsoft's argument. It is a common argument, as if users want innovation from browsers.
Others are explanations, maybe reasons, but it is not what will happen. What will happen is contributors will split between two engine. Google hopes, that most of them will work on Blink, and so less will work on Webkit. Another reason, that Google does not have to port changes back to Webkit themselves. They just want to reduce their direct contribution to Apple, thats it.
What I see as a problem for myself is that I'll need to support one 'innovative' engine more.

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