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Mozilla's Servo Still Going Forth To Parallelize The Web

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Published on 18 February 2014 01:12 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Mozilla
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It's been a while since hearing anything about Mozilla's Servo Engine that's an experimental browser layout engine that could one day replace the Gecko Engine within Firefox, but there's new development activity going forward and a new update to share today.

Earlier in February was an update on Mozilla Servo shared at FOSDEM by Mozilla platform engineer Josh Matthews. The slides and videos of this new Mozilla browser engine are now available. Servo continues to be written in Mozilla's Rust programming language and the main focus of Servo over Gecko is on parallelizing the web-browser. Besides aiming for better performance with Servo, the browser security should also be greater than Gecko.

Those wishing to learn more about the current state of Servo can see the slides and video recording; thanks to Phoronix reader Nathan VanCamp for pointing out this material finally being made public.

Those wishing to help out with the development of Servo can learn to write code, writing more CSS/JavaScript test code, building and testing Servo, and watching their mailing list. There's also much help needed within fixing ACID2/ACID3/TestHarness.js blockers, implementing the missing DOM APIs, implementing missing CSS features, and making Servo work on Microsoft Windows. It remains to be seen if/when Servo will be used by Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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