Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2013 13:21 UTC
Opera Software De kogel is door de kerk: as we already talked about earlier, Opera is going to switch to the WebKit engine, leaving its own Presto rendering engine behind. We didn't yet know if they would the switch only on mobile or on the desktop as well, and they cleared that up too: both mobile and desktop Opera Browsers will switch to the WebKit rendering engine.
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WebKit isn't a phrozen blackbox like IE was. Its constantly driven forward and anybody can submit patches, create snapshots to turn into a product, branch and keep a specific version alive, do changes.

WebKit allows all that. IE never did and that we had to fight so long with IE6 was result of that. Microsoft never made SP releases, pushed updates, allowed others to fix. Nobody but Microsoft could do anything and Microsoft decided to not do anything on IE after IE6, after they won the first browser-war, for a long time.

That can't happen with WebKit. The license inherited from KDE's KHTML, LGPL, prevents that. Welcome to an open base constantly driven forward. A construction kit everybody can utilize and turn into a project as long as the result is opensouce too and so can be used by others.

Edited 2013-02-13 22:03 UTC

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moondevil Member since:

How does it help?

Right now we have a code base with browser specific hacks for:

- Safari on Windows
- Safari on MacOS X
- Mobile Safari
- Chrome

All using different versions of Webkit.

How does Webkit being open fix the bugs between those browsers?

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cdude Member since:

You still hack browser specific hacks against a certain version and then wonder the break if a new version appears? Why not use one of the many js-frameworks available for that? Then it usually works cause vendors check against them but not against your little webkit-version hack homepage.

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