Ronny Lam

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Opera Moves to Webkit

Opera may currently be the oldest independant web-browser in the market. It’s marketshare may not be big, but Opera has some big advantages and Opera has played their role in standardization of the web.

This year, we’re sending two Valentine cards: our usual one to the open, interoperable web, and one to WebKit too.

Today, on Valentines day, Opera announced that they wil move to WebKit as its rendering engine and V8 as its JavaScript engine from the Chromium project. This is very good news for both sides. For starters, Opera will gain interoperability from moving to Webkit. Some sites just don’t render very well in Opera at the moment. When Webkit and V8 are fully incorperated in the Opera products the Chromium project will also gain from this. Opera has some very good developers and a great vision. This will all be given back to Chromium.

There is just one uncertainty that I don’t have an answer to yet. What will happen to Opera Turbo? Being a mobile (train)warrior I use Opera combined with Turbo a lot. Turbo is a proxy engine in the Opera serverfarm which renders webpages exactly for your display. Images are exactly as big as the need to be and html-clutter will be removes. For me it saves around 70% of the bandwidt, which is a lot when you use a low bandwidth cellular connection.

I sure hope, and expect, that Turbo will be continued after this move to Webkit and V8.