[webkit-dev] WebKit community release
Joost de Valk
webkit-dev at joostdevalk.nl
Wed Apr 5 15:41:13 PDT 2006
Dear fellow WebKit developers,
in the last 11 months, lots and lots of work has been done in the WebKit
community. Bugs have been fixed, new features have been added, the code
has dramatically changed and improved. Lots of good come from this: we
have seen fixes slipping into OS X updates and we will probably see a
majorly improved WebKit in the next major OS X release.
We, however, feel we can do more. Applications like Adium, Colloquy,
Sandvox, OmniWeb and lots and lots of others, are using WebKit and would
probably love to be able to have a stable version of WebKit, but with
all (or at least a lot) of our improvements in it. At this point, these
applications have three choices:
- use the system WebKit, which is way behind what we are doing right now;
- use a nightly, and face all the consequences;
- pick a nightly and try to make it stable, like the Karelia developers
are doing now.
If we, as a community, could create a stable "WebKit Community Release",
we could provide people with our updates. We could point people to it
who just want to use a better Safari but don't want to download a new
nightly each day. This would probably also make developers of other
applications very happy. Lastly, this would be a good way to attract new
developers, because we would be releasing a product to use for everyone
out there. This means getting our results available to the general
public faster in a less unstable form.
By now, if you're still reading, you will think: what would this take?
Well, we as a community would need to really want this. This will mean
work, especially because we will probably be maintaining two branches, a
HEAD and a STABLE one. We would probably also need to create some form
of organizational structure, and do that without losing our sense of
community. We think however, that everything can be solved, if we are
all behind this plan.
To summarize, there are three key goals:
1) To make it easier for developers to get access to stable-yet-improved
builds without waiting for Apple's sometimes lengthy release cycle.
2) To introduce more stability into the bleeding edge in an effort to
3) To provide more angles for developers to work on WebKit with more
Now, we want to hear YOUR opinion. Write large epistels, or two lines
saying you like or dislike it, but let us hear from you. Let's show
ourselves just how vibrant our community is.
We'd like to end this with a quote:
"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark,
and professionals built the Titanic."
Mark Rowe (opendarwin.org at bdash.net.nz / http://www.bdash.net.nz)
Joost de Valk (webkit-dev at joostdevalk.nl / http://www.joostdevalk.nl)
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