More than three years after announcing plans to launch a new web rendering engine, Mozilla has released the first nightly builds of Servo.

The idea was to build a new, high-performance rendering engine using the latest tools and features. While Servo isn’t ready to replace the Gecko rendering engine used in Mozilla’s Firefox web browser yet, it should offer speedier performance and additional functionality.

For now, you can download and run a simple browser to take the latest nightly builds of the new rendering engine for a spin.


That new browser has a barebones, HTML-based user interface. As of July 1st, there are packages available for macOS and Linux. Android and Windows versions are coming soon.

The browser has a new tab page featuring shortcuts to a few websites and tech demos. You can also open multiple browser tabs… but the developers of Servo acknowledge that the rendering engine isn’t compatible with all web standards yet.

You can also visit the Servo github page to examine the source code and find instructions for building the software from source.

via VentureBeat

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