Now Apple is trying to give back to the community by rewarding top Webkit contributors with Macbook Pro laptops.
While being really nice and all (I know I’d love to have a Macbooc Proc 😉 ), I find it a bit of a problem that Apple is marking up some of the contributors to its open-source projects for material compensation and not others.
Its a given that Apple’s Safari ows much more of its existance to Stephan Kulow and George Staikos from KHTML then to any single Webkit contributor – and I think that KHTML core developers deserve some Macbooks as well, but we can go on and on – what about Darwin (which has seen a much larger open-source community) ?
Contrary to some Slashdot commentors, I don’t think that Apple should give out Macbooks or other financial rewards for everyone in any of the open source projects that contributed to their products (upto and including glibc developers ?), but they could probably show some (material or otherwise) appreiciation to the open-source community in general.. ahmm.. I don’t know.. how about open-sourcing Cocoa ?
While we are on the subject of browsers, I also liked this: First vulnerability for Internet Explorer 7 (which is still in beta). What I liked about it is the suggested workaround 🙂