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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by _txf_ on Thu 4th Apr 2013 17:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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freedom to set the agenda for their rendering engine.

well, they state that they couldn't do certain security fixes in webkit (but only relevant to chrome) because it would break things for others. So freedom to do anything they want without worrying about others certainly seems like the main reason.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 4th Apr 2013 17:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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Yeah, and I'm glad Google is doing this. Google being free to experiment with Blink due to more freedom = more proposed standards and faster movement in the web overall.

After all, WebKit was a fork, and look where KHTML is now. Sometimes these things spur innovation.

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