Epiphany switches to WebKit

In an announcement email this morning, the developers of the Epiphany web browser have announced that the next release will be based off of WebKit, and only WebKit.

We are a small team, with only one maintainer and a hand-full of
regular contributors. Maintaining the abstraction layer, and the Gecko
back-end require lot of effort and time. Much time alone is spent on
keeping up with Gecko API changes, and we have not had much
contributions to the Gecko back-end in a long time. [...]

This single back-end will be * WebKit *.

This is the first time users will be able to experience WebKit on a GNOME desktop by default. Currently, to use WebKit, users need to download and install Konqueror from the KDE desktop or manually compile WebKit into epiphany.

The WebKit-enabled epiphany will make it into GNOME 2.24 this fall, or GNOME 2.26 next year depending on the development speed.

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Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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  1. Diego (guest)

    # Posted on 01 April 2008 at 06:02 PM

    To have a gnome desktop i have to install kde?

    <em>[No, but Konqueror pulls in KDE dependencies. "from the KDE desktop" as in Konqueror is from KDE, not that you have to use Konqueror from within KDE. -Jacob]</em>

  2. mjr (guest)

    # Posted on 02 April 2008 at 01:32 PM

    What is the advantage of webkit over gecko?

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  4. me (guest)

    # Posted on 03 April 2008 at 10:30 AM

    @mjr: did you read the announcement?

  5. mjr (guest)

    # Posted on 03 April 2008 at 02:11 PM

    Yes I should have read the announcement sorry.

  6. ka2 (guest)

    # Posted on 17 April 2008 at 04:44 AM

    "Currently, to use WebKit, users need to download and install Konqueror from the KDE desktop"

    but that gets you khtml not webkit

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