July 6, 2024

Ladybird, from its home page:

Ladybird is a brand-new browser & web engine. Driven by a web standards first approach, Ladybird aims to render the modern web with good performance, stability and security.

Ladybird is currently in heavy development. We are targeting a first Alpha release for early adopters in 2026.

Love this. And it’s from Github co-founder Chris Wanstrath, which is a huge positive for me: He has the technical know-how, financial means, and drive to make sometime like this happen.

From Wanstrath’s post on the Ladybird site:

The web is one of the most important inventions of the modern era, fueling the growth of the internet and changing the way many of us live, work, learn, and play. It’s a technical marvel both for what it enables us to do and the way it’s built - collaboratively and in the open. It wasn’t always this way, but today’s web is a testament to the power of open standards and open source.

The web really is a technical marvel. It’s hard to imagine anything like the web happening ever again. Surely none of the tech companies that owe their existence to the open web would ever let something this great come along again!

In fact, it was open source, open standards, and healthy competition that pulled the web out of the dark days of the 2000s and into the innovative bonanza of the 2010s when Google Chrome, heavily influenced by Firefox, started gaining mainstream momentum.

When Chrome was first launched, it was incredible. Google was, at the time, a champion of the open web and loved by developers and consumers alike. My how things have changed over the past few decade.

Today, every major browser engine is open source, which is wonderful, but there’s still one issue: they’re all funded by Google’s advertising empire. Chrome, Edge, Brave, Arc, and Opera all use Google’s Chromium. Apple receives billions to make Google the default search engine in Safari, and Firefox has a similar deal where they receive hundreds of millions each year.

I really hope this works. The code is all open source and on Github.