Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 22:27 UTC
Google It's apparently browser engine day today. After Mozilla and Samsung announcing Servo, Google has just announced it's forking WebKit into Blink. Like WebKit, Blink will be open source, and it will also be used by other browser makers - most prominently, Opera has already announced it's not using WebKit, but Blink. Update: Courtesy of MacRumors, this graph illustrates how just how much Google contributed to WebKit. Much more than I thought. Also, Chrome developer Alex Russell: "To make a better platform faster, you must be able to iterate faster. Steps away from that are steps away from a better platform. Today's WebKit defeats that imperative in ways large and small. It's not anybody's fault, but it does need to change. And changing it will allow us to iterate faster, working through the annealing process that takes a good idea from drawing board to API to refined feature."
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by bowkota on Thu 4th Apr 2013 11:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
bowkota
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2011-10-12

Translation of the Blink FAQ

http://prng.net/blink-faq.html

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 4th Apr 2013 11:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Translation of the translated FAQ:

"Crap, now Apple has to do all the work again."

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by bassbeast on Sun 7th Apr 2013 22:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

While the fanboy wank is...well wank, there is a kernel of truth we old guys can pick up on. Anybody remember "This site requires IE" back in the bad old days?

Well what is to keep us from seeing "This site requires Blink" in a year or two? Lets face it Android is blowing up all over the place, thanks to the fact that anybody can use it you see Android on everything from $50 tablets to over $500 convertible devices...that is a pretty damned big demographic to ignore.

We have already seen the problems with sites using Webkit specific extensions but at least with Webkit I did NOT have to use Google or Apple for that matter, there are a dozen browsers out there using Webkit as their base so if I don't trust either company? I don't have to. In fact I'm typing this on Dragon which is based on Chromium and before I switched to Dragon I was using SWIron.

So while I agree that Apple fanboys are frankly irritating and self absorbed this change DOES give me pause. The LAST thing I want is to have no choice but deal with Google and their phone home datamining BS just because Android means websites will be designed for Google products.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Radio on Thu 4th Apr 2013 12:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

What a PoS.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Vanders on Thu 4th Apr 2013 13:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Jesus, Apple fanboys really are a sad bunch aren't they?

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Oliver on Thu 4th Apr 2013 17:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Worshipping Google isn't any better. Just waiting to see Google finishing another project if they don't like it anymore :-)

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