The main problems with browsers is based on who's behind them.There are three main browser renderers; you've got Gecko (Mozilla's engine), Webkit (AKA Khtml I think used by KDE, Apple's Safari and now Chrome) and IE. With each engine there's a different license which defines who wants to implement them. Gecko is released under the Mozilla Public License, Gnu General Public License and the Gnu Lesser General Public License - none of which are particularly amenable to corporates. Webkit is released under the lesser general public license, which is more corporate friendly, and lastly you have IE which can only be used on MS Approved Platforms.
I think that as Webkit and Gecko both have licenses which promote sharing, you'll see a degree of crossover between Gecko and Webkit code, and I'm hoping that the new V8 engine that Google have funded will be a strong contender for implementation in the rest of the platforms using webkit and hopefully also be of use in gecko - we'll have to wait and see.
As IE is not particularly sharing friendly, I think that there will never be one common browser engine... especially as the other browser engines will never want to implement the horrific mess which is ActiveX and MS will want to push those for everything.
But, we'll have to see how everything goes over the next couple of years, starting with the next few months!
Rgds, Jon Sorin Srbu wrote:
Ray Costanzo <> scribbled on Tuesday, September 02, 2008 4:44 PM:That's a nice thought and I second it, but as all utopian things, it's never gonna' happen... Not in mylifetime anyway.You know how the proverb goes; the good thing about standards is that there are so many to chose from... 8-)This really gets my goat. Yet another freaking browser is NOT what the world needs. What the world needs is one common rendering engine that all browsers can share so that your browser decision would be based on the ancillary features. Let me choose Firefox because I can have a cat theme, or let me choose IE because it is easily managed by group policy. But make it so that the actual interpretation and rendering of the html and css are performed by the same component. Yeah, I know, then who creates this component and maintains it? Well, if the W3C thinks they get to decide everything, let them write it and give it out to anyone who wants to create a browser. From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Kenzig http://thin.ms Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 8:49 AM To: THIN; windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [windows2000] Google announces Chrome Browser To be available in about 19 hours http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/fresh-take-on-browser.html Looks like the download placeholder is here: http://gears.google.com/chrome/?hl=en Jim KenzigBlog: http://www.techblink.com
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