[webkit-dev] Announcing new port: Nix

Benjamin Poulain benjamin at webkit.org
Thu Sep 12 17:37:23 PDT 2013

On 9/12/13 5:21 PM, Thomas Fletcher wrote:
> Geoffrey Garen wrote:
>>> Sure. We at University of Szeged who work on WebKitNix from this year
>>> contributed many fixes to various part of WebKit: JavaScriptCore,
>>> WebCore, Tools, ...
>> Thank you for this list. I started reading through it, but I noticed a high percentage of patches that were port-specific build fixes or port-specific features like support for legacy ARM chips. For example, "...on ARM traditional" (<https://trac.webkit.org/changeset/142616>). Those patches are cost to core WebKit development, not benefit.
> I don't want to mis-interpret your statement here.  Can you clarify 
> what you mean by "Those
> patches are cost to core WebKit development, not benefit."
I cannot talk for Geoff but here is my take.

The WebKit code base has:
-Core features used by everyone.
-Core features used by many (e.g. curl, Texture Mapper, etc).
-Port code that is only useful for some people.

In the WebKit project, we value the first two. The port work is 
necessary for everything to fit together, but that is not a contribution 
to the project per say.
It is always good to refer to the project goals as it summarizes this 
quite nicely: https://www.webkit.org/projects/goals.html

This being said, I think this thread is not longer very productive.
If you are interested in things like removing ancient CPU architecture, 
better start a new thread.

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