Apple's finally releasing their own web browser. I always thought it strange that they didn't provide at least a basic non-IE browser... but I guess there's a lot of factors involved.
The fun part for me is this - extending my "why Open Source rules" post on Sunday:
For its Web page rendering engine, Safari draws on software from the Konqueror open source project. Weighing in at less than one tenth the size of another open source renderer, Konqueror helps Safari stay lean and responsive. And of course, being a good open source citizen, Apple shares its enhancements with the Konqueror open source community.
So OSX gets a kickin' web browser, and we KDE users get more people poring over and improving the Konqueror code. That's cool. See some of the email on the subject, from the sources:
- The original contact with Dirk Mueller of the Konqueror project.
I'm the engineering manager of Safari, Apple Computer's new web browser built upon KHTML and KJS. I'm sending you this email to thank you for making such a great open source project and introduce myself and my development team.
- His response
A few of the changes have already happened in "our" developing version and many of them were on our TODOs. For example just about this weekend I was working on improving the kjs garbage collector and now I read that you apparently already fixed the issues I had with it. Seems to me like a huge christmas gift. Thank you. Thanks a lot.
- Apple's changelog and patches
Here is the second email I promised which details our changes and additions to KHTML and KJS which were done for Safari.