Browser chat (was Re: about empathy as the default IM application)

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Wed Jun 17 21:19:16 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 17 June 2009 4:56:16 pm Evan R. Murphy wrote:
> not sure I fully understand the rendering issue (could
> someone elaborate on that, please?), 

Webkit has, I believe, the fastest Javascript engine.  It also has better CSS2 
& CSS3 support than other rendering engines (along with a few features not yet 
added to CSS3), so if a web designer is doing something fancy like having a 
gradient or using drop-shadows, the user gets to actually see that.  Firefox 
and others will ignore those settings on webpages.  Sites still look fine 
(you'd have to be a little daft to make a site that doesn't at least look 
passable in Firefox), but they might be missing some of the eye-candy the 
developer tried to put in.

> but Mozilla and FF in particular
> seem like such great FOSS achievements to me that they may be an
> important alliance for Ubuntu to maintain.

That's true..."where's Mozilla?" was my mom's first Ubuntu question.

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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