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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Competition is great!
by Valhalla on Thu 4th Apr 2013 14:33 UTC
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Competition means better products, Webkit was getting too dominant, totally owning mobile, and one 'product' dominating pretty much always leads to stagnation.

With this fork and and the upcoming Servo from Mozilla and Samsung we will finally have serious competition mobile, it's a bit sad that Opera has given up their own engine though.

Furthermore, when no 'player' is dominant it means less risk of them abandoning standards as in a competitive field with many participants they would be the 'odd one out' rather than being able to push their incompabilities as 'de facto standards' through market share dominance.

Even better is that Blink, Servo, Webkit are all free and open source, which means that they can be adopted anywhere developers find need for them, and of course again be forked should someone come along with demands/goals that are not in line with that of the current projects.

Speaking of which, with Opera switching to Blink, are there any browsers out there using a proprietary engine other than Microsoft (triton)?

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RE: Competition is great!
by skeezix on Thu 4th Apr 2013 15:36 in reply to "Competition is great!"
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Yes, competition is great. As a web developer, this doesn't make my work terribly harder -- in fact, I embrace it because it gives me more permission to develop to standards and let the browsers do what they will. Of course, I still have to test on each platform and tackle minor show-stopper bugs, and that takes time. But the more rendering engines there are out there, the stronger the argument for standards-plus-progressive-enhancement becomes.

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