Opera announced today that they would be using Webkit as their rendering engine. Some people did not like that move and voiced concerns on their favorite social networks, bemoaning the lack of competition and diversity in the browser space.

Are you fucking kidding me!?

Competition and Diversity brought us the great browser wars. Competition is good if you want differentiation but if

  • The goal is to conform to standards as strictly as possible
  • Differentiation in rendering isn’t driving sales (not that you were earning anything with the browser to begin with)

having four Teams (Webkit, Firefox, IE, Opera) working on different solutions to the same problems is a huge waste of effort that could much better be spent moving Webkit lightyears ahead.

Differentiation is good for selling cars, but not for implementing technical specifications.