Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 10:40 UTC
General Development I think it's about time we got an Adobe category. Apple recently made public an API to allow OS X software access to hardware H.264 acceleration (albeit such acceleration is only available on chipsets since the Nvidia 9400M--early 2008) and Adobe have already baked this in to a beta preview of Flash 10.1 "Gala"! Update: Steve Jobs himself weighs in on Flash (via Engadget): "New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind."
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vaette
Member since:
2008-08-09

KHTML is LGPL, so Apple had no choice but to release the code. I find it almost cute that you think they would have done so otherwise ;)

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

And if it were not Apple’s intention to comply with that then they would have just written their own engine. Are you implying that Apple were _unwillingly_ forced into taking kHTML and making it into a usable product? No, they took it knowing that it would be open source—so how could they have a problem with it continuing to be open source? They can and would have written their own engine if their desire was for it to be closed, but they knew the benefits they would receive having WebKit open source.

Apple don’t suffer from NIH syndrome, they suffer from WIF syndrome—“We Invented it First”.

Edited 2010-04-29 15:53 UTC

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MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

They probably would have, consider that most of Darwin is BSD licensed and Apple released the source to it.

Also consider that releasing and promoting webkit is in Apple (and everyone other than MS) best interests as it promotes an open standard that works on a wide range of devices.

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

KHTML is LGPL, so Apple had no choice but to release the code. I find it almost cute that you think they would have done so otherwise ;)

Get a clue about WebKit. KHTML code was only used in WebCore and JavaScriptCore which are only two parts of the larger WebKit. After Apple rewrote the whole JavaScript implementation from scratch, today only WebCore includes KHTML code.
There is no legal need at all why Apple has to open source the WebKit shell, Web Inspector, SquirrelFish Extreme (=JavaScript), etc.

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