In early January, when Steve Jobs presented Safari, Apple's browser based on the open source Khtml engine, on stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, he did not launch the glove of the challenge only at Microsof. In addition to Internet Explorer, in fact, there are many other browsers developed by independent programmers for the computers of the Cupertino house that have taken the hit. Some bad, some very good.
If the Europeans of Opera, originally born for PC and arrived relatively recently for Mac and Os X, announce that they have thrown in the towel and no longer want to develop new versions dedicated to the apple, instead OmniWeb, the OmniGroup browser, relaunches .
Its CEO, Ken Case said in a public message that Apple's move was very smart and well-made. Also because it opens WebCore, the engine optimized by Apple starting from Khtml and left available to all developers in the open source market, for exploitation by all programmers.
In addition, Mozilla, the other great open source project born from the ashes of Netscape and at the center of other browsers such as the very fast Chimera, "suffered" the blow with maturity: on the lists of developers it became clear that the choice of Apple for Khtml was dictated by the greater efficiency of the Konqueror code. So, the appeal was to roll up our sleeves and work even harder to remove all the useless things in the original Mozilla source and make it as slim and fast as the counterpart chosen by Apple.
Finally, other developers who create second-level applications with respect to fundamental software such as the Apple browser and the development of WebCore as an engine for html rendering, will be able to take advantage of the advantage of having the perfect tool for their software ready and perfectly accessible. .