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KHTML - Webcore - Firefox: Know your facts!

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There is a big ballyhoo on Slashdot and many other newssites regarding a “KDE Apple divorce", as well as “Firefox scolding the KDE Team”. Let me summarize what happened. The story starts in 2003:

  1. 2 years ago, Apple reveals to the KDE Team that they had been taking the KHTML code from KDE to build their own new browser, Safari, around it, and that they are nearly finished and about to release.
  2. Both sides are happy. (Note, that KHTML is under the LPGL license, and Apple is behaving perfectly legal in their further road to fork their own codebase named “Webcore” from KHTML – and this is openly acknowledged by the KDE side ever since. It may have been less cooperation, support and “give back” than most of us had expected or hoped for at the time, but well….).
  3. On the Apple side about a dozen developers (and how many managers and PR people?) start to work fulltime on their KHTML-based “Webcore” code. On the KDE side the KHTML developers (not one of them fulltime) continue to lift “their baby” to new heights, working in their spare time.

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