CNET News.com Opines on Apple's Choice of KHTML
Tuesday January 14th, 2003
CNET News.com has an article about Apple's choice of KHTML over Gecko for its Safari browser. Featuring a variety of quotes from many high profile figures, the article goes as far as to call the decision a "snub" — a claim that Apple's spokesperson refuses to corroborate.
Update! Mike Shaver isn't too happy about being quoted out of context and Chris Blizzard also has some choice words about the article. MozillaZine founder Chris Nelson isn't quite so subtle. There's also a discussion at Slashdot.
The windowing system on OS X is _very_ different to X11 (as found on most unix systems), so a port would be non trivial. On the other hand, a port ot Windows would probably be a lot easier, since the Qt toolkit (which all KDE apps are based on) is available for both X11 and Win32 (although you need to pay for the Win32 version).
From the information made available, the bulk of the OS X port of HTML is in the implementation of a subset of Qt.