While there are several simple ways for developers to experiment with and explore WPE, none are tuned for performance. Generally, shipping products for embedded systems are performance-tuned custom builds. To make this easier, there is also meta-webkit, which provides build recipes, WebKit based runtimes, and browsers for use with OpenEmbedded and/or Yocto.
There are also pre-built packages available for many Linux distributions.
WPE WebKit follows a 6-month development cycle:
- There are two feature releases every year, typically in March and September.
- Within feature releases, there may be any number of bug-fixes.
- Development releases are the base for the feature releases that follow them. They do not follow a fixed schedule in the release cycle.
WPE WebKit and WebKitGTK share a fair amount of code. Therefore, both projects produce their feature releases simultaneously, and share the same release branches. For bug-fix releases, the release teams for both projects try to sync their version numbers as well as they can.
WPE is the official WebKit port for Linux-based embedded platforms. WPE is uniquely designed for embedded systems in that it doesn’t depend on any user-interface toolkits such as the traditional Cocoa, GTK, etc toolkits.
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