Goanna (software)

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Goanna
Goanna logo
Developer(s)M. C. Straver[1]
Initial releaseJanuary 2016[2]
Written inC++
TypeBrowser engine
LicenseMPL 2.0
Websitewww.moonchildproductions.info/goanna.shtml

Goanna is an open-source browser engine that is a fork of Mozilla's Gecko.[3] It is used in the Pale Moon browser, the Basilisk browser, and other UXP-based applications.[4][5] A fork of the K-Meleon browser also uses it.[6]

Goanna as an independent fork of Gecko was first released in January 2016.[2] The project's founder and lead developer, M. C. Straver,[1] had both technical and legal motives to do this in the context of Pale Moon's increasing divergence from Firefox.[7][8]

There are two significant aspects of Goanna's divergence: It does not have any of the Rust language components that were added to Gecko during Mozilla's Quantum project,[9][10] and applications that use Goanna always run in single-process mode, whereas Firefox became a multi-process application.[11][12]

Standards support[edit]

Core web standards supported in Goanna:

  • HTML versions 3 and 4, and most of the living HTML5 standard.
  • CSS versions 2 and 3
  • DOM Level 2 and 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b M.C. Straver. "About Moonchild Productions". Archived from the original on 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  2. ^ a b "Release notes for old versions of Pale Moon". palemoon.org.
  3. ^ M.C. Straver. "The Goanna layout engine". moonchildproductions.info. Archived from the original on 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  4. ^ "UXP vs goanna". forum.palemoon.org.
  5. ^ "There is only XUL". Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  6. ^ "K-Meleon on Goanna". kmeleonbrowser.org.
  7. ^ "Introducing Goanna". forum.palemoon.org. M.C. Straver. 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  8. ^ "Pale Moon to switch from Gecko to Goanna rendering engine". ghacks.net. 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  9. ^ "Basilisk web browser". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  10. ^ "Quantum". wiki.mozilla.org. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  11. ^ "Multiprocess Firefox". developer.mozilla.org. Mozilla. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Multi-process, or: the drawbacks nobody ever talks about". forum.palemoon.org. M.C. Straver. Retrieved 24 August 2018.