Webpack received over $100k donations

Mozilla and Trivago showed their support for a popular open-source module bundler
04 August 2017   1389

Webpack, an open-source module bundler, which some experts call " the most flexible and powerful front-end bundling tool" received 2 big donations.

First donation ($120 000) came from the MOSS program to implement WebAssembly as a first-class module type. 

Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) is Mozilla’s program for supporting the Open Source and Free Software movement, with a yearly budget of around $3 million. Mozilla was born out of and remains a part of this movement, and we prosper because of its technology and activism. 

This is a huge win for not only WebAssembly, but also the webpack and web ecosystem. We thank the MOSS Program for their support, as we celebrate yet another win for Open Source Sustainability.
 

Sean Larkin
Program Manager, Webpack Core team & AngularCLI team. 

Second donation ($10 000 per month/ $120 000/year) came from Trivago, large international booking platform.

For the past few years, Webpack has played a central and important role at Trivago. We use it for handling SVG icons and to improve our startup time for the benefit of our users by loading resources on demand. We run a highly complicated build with plenty of custom plugins which perform all sorts of optimizations for us that no other tool would allow us to do. Trivago has decided to step up and ensure the sustainability of the Webpack project by contributing $10 000 per month to the Webpack Open Collective. By more than doubling Webpack’s annual budget, we hope to contribute to an even healthier community that will continue to innovate.
 

Patrick Gotthardt
Lead JavaScript Architect, Trivago

This donations is a great news not only for a Webpack team, but also for whole open-source community. Learn more about Webpack.

Microsoft to Use Chromium for Edge Browser

The company has already placed the repository on GitHub to attract new members to the development of the browser
07 December 2018   147

Microsoft Vice President Joe Belfiore said that from December 6, 2018, the company will use the Chromium engine in the Microsoft Edge browser. According to him, Microsoft also plans to develop browsers for smartphones and other devices.

The company has already placed the repository on GitHub to attract new members to the development of the browser. Microsoft expects that the transition to the new engine will be a big step in the development of Microsoft Edge. For example, the browser will finally be adapted for macOS.

According to Belfiore, the company plans to improve the project in three areas:

  • Users will get hardware integration, improved browser compatibility with sites and reduced power consumption of devices when using it.
  • Web developers will appreciate the reduced fragmentation of a web platform for testing sites.
  • The corporate IT sector will get the compatibility of old and new Windows applications that run in the browser.

He noted that during the year the company would work “under the hood” of Microsoft Edge, and named several key stages of this process. For example, the transition to a platform compatible with the Chromium engine for developing a desktop version of the browser. It is also planned that most platforms and all versions of Windows will support Microsoft Edge.