Can someone with relevant expertise in this field comment on Google's decision to fork WebKit?
Since Google and Apple are competitors in this space, my knee-jerk reaction is to suspect that this is some kind of power play against Apple. However, there could be a legitimate reason, from a technical standpoint, that I don't know of.
Anyone care to share?
Google's splash with their multi-process architecture in WebKit got upstaged by a more scalable solution, WebKit2 designed by Apple.
Opera looks to be anchoring its port to Blink.
Meanwhile, Apple, KDE/Qt Port, GTK+/Epiphany, and the rest who have actually joined Apple's WebKit2 have hitched their focus with Apple's Engineering designs.
LLVM/Clang 3.3 is released this June with a C11 complete profile, AMD GPGPU OpenCL/OpenGL work that Mesa and AMD both benefit from seeing as Intel, Adobe, Nvidia, AMD, Sony, IBM, Cray, ARM and others are all in with LLVM/Clang. Google is working two paths [LLVM/Clang and GCC]. Nvidia, AMD and Intel have made sure both LLVM/Clang and GCC all support their hardware options, but all their GPGPU OpenCL/CUDA coding leverages LLVM/Clang.
Google has chosen to keep that architecture which has not a damn thing to do with so many other Target architectures to maintain seeing as CPU specific stuff is handled elsewhere, and if they are indeed specifically hard coding bits for specific ARM, Intel or what not they forked so not as to deal with the fact their code submissions had to be in a wait state due to the simple fact Apple, GNOME and any other WebKit2 solution got sick and tired of WebKit trunk being broken.
It was inevitable the day Apple announced WebKit 2 that Google would fork.
Google wants a unified solution around their architecture for ChromeOS and Android that they dictate and thus the fork which allows both Webkit.org and Blink to maintain clean archives.
If and when each side has something valuable to offer I'm sure they'll merge those bits in back and forth.
Personally, I could give a rat's ass about Google's Blink. Chrome is a pig and Chromium is also a pig in design and resources.