[webkit-gtk] Deciding the deprecation path for WebKit1

Carlos Garcia Campos cgarcia at igalia.com
Wed Mar 19 02:17:35 PDT 2014

El mar, 18-03-2014 a las 16:43 -0700, Martin Robinson escribió:
> We've been shipping WebKit2GTK+ as stable for almost one year now, and
> I think that we all agree that it has grown to be a much more mature
> and high-quality WebKit than WebKitGTK+ ever was. The maintenance and
> consistent release of a WebKit port is a huge undertaking for a small
> community, but we have been maintaining two ports all this time! We
> have also reached out to our downstream embedders encouraging them to
> port to the new API, in some cases even doing the port ourselves.
> I think it is time to decide in what manner we should deprecate
> WebKit1. As a starting point for discussion, I will make a proposal:
> * Before the next stable branch (webkit-2.6), move all WebKit1
> development to a branch. We can then remove the WebKit1 code from
> trunk. This means that trunk developers will no longer have to
> consider the original WebKitGTK+ port when making changes. We can also
> safely turn off the WebKit1 buildbot.
> * Continue to merge important patches to the WebKit1 branch and make
> releases in that series.

My main concern is that maintaining WebKit1 in a different branch is
more work in the end. I'm fine if we disable wk1 by default in trunk and
switch all bots to use wk2 only. But once we remove the code from trunk,
we won't maintain it anymore, people using wk1 should keep using older
WebKitGTK+ versions.

> This means that WebKit1GTK+ development would continue for about one
> year at least. If there are people in the community who want to
> continue maintaining WebKti1 after that time, I'm not opposed.
> --Martin
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Carlos Garcia Campos
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