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Wow, this is actually fantastic, if not interesting, news. I've been saying for a long time how much easier our lives would be if all browsers just used WebKit and V8. It would solve standards inconsistencies while allowing each browser vendor to still create their own interface and feature set.
I disagree. Each browser doesn't use the same version of Webkit, though, so you'll still get inconsistencies—just look at the "Can I use…" comparison of the latest Chrome and Safari http://caniuse.com/#compare=chrome+26,safari+6
Plus, browser vendors sometimes introduce cool things that later get standardized. For example, if Internet Explorer hadn't come up with XMLHttpRequests, we wouldn't have Ajax today!
Chromium is an open-source project. It would be simple enough for browser vendors to contribute and collaborate on new experimental features that would eventually make it into a stable branch.
I agree there would still be some inconsistencies, but there would be significantly fewer of them.
I really hope that this move by Opera puts pressure on Firefox to change their engine to Webkit, or conform to better standards for frontend developers.
Looks like there is at least one person/company not excited about this: Mozilla. http://robert.ocallahan.org/2013/02/and-then-there-were-three.html
I absolutely love this. I believe it's possible to use the same rendering engine yet, continue to pusht the web further.
Interesting move. Opera is responsible for introducing a great bunch of features to web browsing as we know it. Perhaps they might become more competitive.