September 2, 2008

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Two things opened up for me today. First, I'm allowed to talk about my project at Google. Second, it once again involves working directly with the open source community, something I've really enjoyed over the last ten years with Mozilla. I'm talking about the public release of the Chromium project and Google Chrome. To be clear, this is my blog so I'm speaking solely for myself, not for Google. These are all my opinions, and mine alone.

Let's get down to brass tacks: How does this affect Camino? In the short term, it doesn't at all. Plans for Camino 2.0 based on the Gecko 1.9 are underway and unchanged. I have some super-reviews to do for smorgan tomorrow that'll get us closer to 2.0alpha status. There shouldn't be any talk of "doom" or "gloom" because really nothing has changed. People still download Camino and continue to send email to our feedback list saying how much they love the product this community has created. That's just as valid tomorrow as it was yesterday. Camino is a great product and it is appreciated. I'm not just saying that to make myself feel relevant, I want everyone in our community to know their efforts are noticed on a daily basis by real people.

I'm also looking forward to working with and becoming a part of the WebKit community, but more specifically getting jinglepants right back where he belongs. He knows where that is. It's interesting seeing how many people in the Mozilla community also participate in #webkit. I was worried for so long about what I'd say about all this and how it would be perceived and how I'd have to spin it and yadda yadda yadda, but I realized today that it's really just about building great software and being a part of a group of people who want to make the web better, faster, safer, and easier. To move the web forward. It doesn't matter if you're at Google, Apple, Mozilla, or even Microsoft. We're measured by our actions, not our words, so I wanted to make sure I used my experience to help move the needle. I think this new opportunity will allow me to do just that.

My goal (again, speaking for myself) is to build a first-rate, native Mac product for Chromium and make it so that other projects can stand on the shoulders of giants. That's what open source is all about. I don't know why I should be shy about saying that, and I don't feel bad about it one bit.

Stay tuned, I hope to have a lot more to talk about.

Posted by pinkerton at September 2, 2008 7:13 PM | TrackBack