[WebKit-devel] Roadmap until the spring?

Adrian von Bidder avbidder at fortytwo.ch
Thu Nov 19 12:25:40 CET 2009


[please cc: me on replies, I'm not on the mailing lists.  Thank you.]

I'm using the webkit kpart as default browser for my (limited, I'm not that 
much of a lives-in-the-web-mostly person) web browsing and don't have many 

With the freeze for Debian squeeze (currently testing) coming up within the 
next months: should I try to get the webkit kpart into the squeeze stable 
release (which will probably be based on KDE 4.3.2 or 4.3.3), or is it still 
changing too fast?  (Note that squeeze will have the usual Debian life cycle 
of 18m onths to 2 years until it is replaced by squeeze + 1)

The main issue I see is potential security bugs.  I'm not good enough a C++ 
coder to fix these myself, so I'd need some help.  OTOH I'd expect most 
security issues to come from webkit itself and not the qt/kde bindings, so 
we may be able to handle this.

In the longer term:  I understand the webkit KDE bindings will move into 
kdelibs soon-ish (KDE 4.4?)  Will the kpart move with it, or will it 
continue to be distributed separately for some time?

(... and without wanting to reopen the controversy: was there a recent 
*conclusive* discussion about the whole khtml vs, webkit issue as a default 
renderer in KDE?)

-- vbi

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be
regarded as a criminal offence.
        -- E. Dijkstra, 1975
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