Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Sep 2008 11:15 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones With the recent surge in WebKit adoption, many have stated to question the usefulness of Mozilla's Gecko browsing engine, claiming that WebKit is far superior. Some even go as far as saying that Firefox should ditch Gecko in favour of WebKit. Ars Technica's Ryan Paul explains why that is utter, utter bogus. "From a technical perspective, Gecko is now very solid and no longer lags behind WebKit. A testament to the rate at which Gecko has been improving is its newfound viability in the mobile space, where it was practically considered a nonstarter not too long ago. Mozilla clearly has the resources, developer expertise, and community support to take Gecko anywhere that WebKit can go."
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Competition is good
by patrix on Tue 9th Sep 2008 11:52 UTC
patrix
Member since:
2006-05-21

If anything, they should both survive to foster good competition and force each other to improve rather than stagnate.

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RE: Competition is good
by systyrant on Tue 9th Sep 2008 14:19 in reply to "Competition is good"
systyrant Member since:
2007-01-18

I agree with your statement. Just because it's open source doesn't mean it doesn't need competition to inspire progress.

My only thought, as a web developer, is it would be nice if browsers were able to switch between some of the different engines.

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RE[2]: Competition is good
by stestagg on Wed 10th Sep 2008 11:59 in reply to "RE: Competition is good"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

as a web developer, is it would be nice if browsers were able to switch between some of the different engines.


As a web developer, this would spell for Chaos. To ensure that your websites still work, you'd STILL have to test them against each browser, given that browsers impose default styles on the engines, but now you would also have to test them against each browser-engine combination, making compatibility testing far more complex.

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RE: Competition is good
by mmu_man on Tue 9th Sep 2008 14:40 in reply to "Competition is good"
mmu_man Member since:
2006-09-30

Technodiversity is as important as biodiversity if we want to survive in the infosphere ;)

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RE[2]: Competition is good
by hobgoblin on Tue 9th Sep 2008 15:07 in reply to "RE: Competition is good"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

a very correct statement, that...

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