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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RE[2]: Epiphany?
by sorpigal on Tue 9th Sep 2008 14:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Epiphany?"
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

I would say that WebKit, due to the nature of its corporate backers, is much more concerned with implementing things which Mozilla devs don't feel much urgency about. The simpler codebase also (probably) makes it easier for random people who want an enhancement to drop in some patches, though I cannot say how easy getting them committed is.

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RE[3]: Epiphany?
by 0brad0 on Tue 9th Sep 2008 17:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Epiphany?"
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2007-05-05

I would say that WebKit, due to the nature of its corporate backers, is much more concerned with implementing things which Mozilla devs don't feel much urgency about. The simpler codebase also (probably) makes it easier for random people who want an enhancement to drop in some patches, though I cannot say how easy getting them committed is.


Exactly, why have good standards compliance when WebKit can do it better..

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RE[4]: Epiphany?
by sorpigal on Tue 9th Sep 2008 19:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Epiphany?"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Because WebKit wont always do it better. We can't be sure that it's the be-all and end-all of correct coding, correct design, etc.. Sooner or later you'll want to replicate its functionality elsewhere and the surest way to do that is to base it all on well-formed standards.

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