Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Apr 2010 16:04 UTC, submitted by Cam
Internet & Networking It almost got lost in all the iPhone OS 4.0 stuff, but Apple made a major contribution to the WebKit project yesterday. It's called WebKit 2, and it adds multiprocess browsing to the WebKit API; it may look similar to what Chromium does, but the difference is that Chromium's process boundary is not actually part of WebKit.
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RE[3]: WebKit is important
by pompous stranger on Fri 9th Apr 2010 19:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: WebKit is important"
pompous stranger
Member since:
2006-05-28

The best thing that could happen to Firefox would be for XUL to be deprecated.


Uh, XUL is their platform.

The best thing that could happen to Firefox is for it to cease to exist?

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RE[4]: WebKit is important
by phoenix on Fri 9th Apr 2010 20:08 in reply to "RE[3]: WebKit is important"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

XUL is the GUI, not the platform. And it's XUL that makes a lot of the Mozilla apps feel slow. They replicate a lot of GTK+ in XUL.

Sure, XUL allows for a lot of neat customisations of the GUI. But it also adds a lot of bloat to the execution of the app.

Lose a bit of the customisation by dropping XUL and gaining a slimmer app and faster GUI. Sounds like a good trade to me. ;)

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RE[5]: WebKit is important
by siride on Fri 9th Apr 2010 20:25 in reply to "RE[4]: WebKit is important"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I don't know the details of the current implementation, but XUL really should be direct-on-Xlib (or XCB -- we should be so lucky) and only use toolkit libs to do theming.

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