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WebKit is now open for business

Wow.

Apple has announced that they are open-sourcing WebKit, which is the software behind how Safari (and Dashboard) show web pages. That’s crazy and unprecedented (well, outside the fully open-source world, anyway). That means Safari can only get better, faster, and more secure with time.

This probably has something to do with how the KHTML folks got mad at Apple recently. It seems they were only sticking to the letter of the law when it came to open-sourcing things: releasing patches that were difficult to apply to the open-source versions. Personally I didn’t think this was that big a deal because they were adhering to their license and besides, they have a vested interest in making Safari great without hassling to make sure everyone else in the world had the technology.

Well now, everyone does. Kudos, Apple.

More over on Dave Hyatt’s blog.

P.S. Also interesting is the CSS source to the WebKit project’s page, taking more than a couple digs at how poorly IE performs.