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Snowshoe: New Cross-Platform Web-Browser On Qt5, WebKit2
You should replace webkit with khtml and say what you said about safari and chrome.
Atleast Chrome has the super duper fast Crankshaft JS engine. That runs circles around all the competing engines. So for Chrome atleast, i wouldnt call it a clone of anything.
As far as Safari goes, FUCK APPLE.
One question : All the layout goodness that Chrome has, its Webkit based. So any other browser that uses it will have the same speed as Chrome (at least in pure layout. No major JS). ?
no it's not. and it is no wonder that rekonq started so much faster than chrome when half of its libs etc. are already preloaded due to using KDE DE.
Phoronix: Showshoe: New Cross-Platform Web-Browser On Qt5, WebKit2
Snowshoe is a new open-source project that's a cross-platform web-browser built atop the Qt5 tool-kit and relies upon WebKit2 for its rendering engine. However, its multiple user-interfaces is what distinguishes Snowshoe from many of the other open-source web-browsers...
Does anyone know why Chrome, current Opera, and firefox aren't using Qt?
Probably because switching to Qt would be a huge effort that buys them nothing. They already support all the major platforms that they're able to ship on and presumably have mature internal UI abstractions and build processes. Why risk breaking all that to switch to Qt when they don't primarily differentiate themselves on UI chrome?