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Mozilla, Samsung collaborate on Servo web browser engine

updated 01:44 pm EDT, Wed April 3, 2013

New browser engine designed for modern hardware, Android, ARM

Mozilla and Samsung will be collaborating on an "advanced technology Web browser engine." Servo will be the two company's attempt at rebuilding a web browser that works with modern hardware in mind, with the initial construction efforts of the browser engine focussed on Android and ARM-based systems.

Using Mozilla's Rust programming language, Mozilla hopes to take advantage of the "many CPU cores available on current and future computing platforms," according to an official blog post. Rust, having been in development for a number of years and becoming more stable as time goes on, will provide the same flexibility as C++ but will be "safe by default," namely preventing memory management errors that cause crashes and are used in vulnerabilities. Mozilla has already provided access to both Rust and Servo through Github, both of which are open to contributions.

The construction of a new browsing engine could allow Mozilla to overtake Webkit, the engine currently used by Google in Chrome and Apple in Safari, though such a prospect is unlikely, at least until it has gone under significant and lengthy development.

by MacNN Staff



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