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    Chromium is forking webkit; new rendering engine named blink

    Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation - so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit.


    http://blog.chromium.org/2013/04/blink-rendering-engine-for-chromium.html


    I wonder if this means that some of the long-standing CSS and Javascript webkit bugs can finally be fixed...

    [edit]: Also: http://arstechnica.com/information-t...dering-engine/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    I wonder if this means that some of the long-standing CSS and Javascript webkit bugs can finally be fixed...
    That would be nice. I fear new ones may be created, too. I like the thought of huge amounts of redundant code and files being removed from Chrome, though.

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    I don't know how much of a fork it is... so I don't know if it'll fix bugs like https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17450 or simply not have them at all.

    Alex Russel has a thought about it: http://infrequently.org/2013/04/probably-wrong/ where he states that Webkit was kinda holding the Chromium project/Chrome back.

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    I still don't really understand the reasons for this, generally forking open source projects is bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmillwood View Post
    generally forking open source projects is bad.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guido2004 View Post
    Why?
    It divides the project, the community and the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmillwood View Post
    It divides the project, the community and the effort.
    Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Here's a quick list of some successful forks:


    • Ubuntu was a fork of Debian
    • LibreOffice was a fork of OpenOffice
    • Webkit was a fork of KHTML
    • KompoZer was a fork of NVU
    • Wordpress was a fork of b2/CafeLog
    • Zen Cart was a fork of osCommerce
    • TrueCrypt was a fork of E4M
    • Inkscape was a fork of Sodipodi


    Obviously some of these forks are pretty well known.

    There are plenty of projects that went on to be successful after being forked. As for reasons why--they tend to vary: project mismanagement, a project going dormant, changes in direction/focus, technical limitations, or changes in the scope from the original project.

    [edit]: on an unrelated note, here's a blog post that offers a more direct and better explanation of the reasons for the Blink fork: http://infrequently.org/2013/04/probably-wrong/
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