Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.


Speaking of new browsers, here’s one that’s a reality. Brendan Eich, CTO at Mozilla:

Servo is an attempt to rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware, rethinking old assumptions along the way. This means addressing the causes of security vulnerabilities while designing a platform that can fully utilize the performance of tomorrow’s massively parallel hardware to enable new and richer experiences on the Web. To those ends, Servo is written in Rust, a new, safe systems language developed by Mozilla along with a growing community of enthusiasts.

Fascinating stuff. While WebKit is, by far, the dominant rendering engine right now, it’s built on a nearly fifteen-year-old project. A new rendering engine which is secure and optimized for today’s plethora of uses of web browsers is desperately needed.

Paul Rouget has a little more information on Servo.