Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 18:06 UTC
Windows Both Mozilla and Google have expressed concern over Windows 8. Microsoft's next big operating system release restricts access to certain APIs and technologies browsers need - only making them available to Internet Explorer. Looking at the facts, it would seem Mozilla and Google have a solid case - coincidentally, the responses on the web are proof of the slippery slope we're on regarding ownership over our own machines.
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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by bouhko on Thu 10th May 2012 20:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
bouhko
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2010-06-24

Just for the record, Apple didn't decide to open source Webkit, they HAD to because Webkit is based on KHTML which is licensed under the LGPL.

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by Tony Swash on Thu 10th May 2012 22:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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2009-08-22

Just for the record, Apple didn't decide to open source Webkit, they HAD to because Webkit is based on KHTML which is licensed under the LGPL.



Exactly. What Apple didn't do was to develop a closed browser engine in house. Which is what Microsoft did. Apple deliberately chose a different strategy and one that mandated an open browser engine. They chose to do that, they didn't have to do that.

Hence Firefox and Google (who uses webkit) are much less worried about the implications of Apple's limitations in iOS compared to a similar move by Microsoft.

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Thu 10th May 2012 23:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

Codecs war is a major issue.

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