I'm saddened by the news about Edge moving to chromium. It's a death knell for the web.
Part of the Web's strength comes from it's diversity of platforms. When there is only one way to access the web, controlled by a single interest, as far as I am concerned the web is over.
@ada Some of us are still fightin' the good fight 😁
@ada Or harvest the good parts of it. Good things usually contain other good things inside!
@ada this to me is the web's weakest link. The fact you can't reasonably create a browser from scratch will be the web's downfall. We'll all be forced into one engine that is controlled by a company that doesn't have our best interests at heart.
We should probably take what we learned in the last 3 decades and write simpler, safer, more expressive languages and protocols that can actually be implemented by a handful of people.
@ada why? Chromium is open source. All parties who use it contribute: Opera, Vivaldi and all the dozen other smaller browsers. Having Microsoft also put their effort into contributing to one shared project is a net positive, not negative.
@digitalbaboon I work for one of those smaller browsers. We do contribute but the direction of the browser is largely dominated by Google. I don't see Chromium becoming a partnership of equals anytime soon.
@ada well, yeah, can’t argue with you there. Google is google.
Makes me wonder why they don't open source it. Or it could be that the code base is such a mess that it can't be developed any further, and that would be the reason they switch to Chrome.
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