A bunch of us in the community feel that the vision of "letting the web win" with a gaming-inspired all-JS rendering engine with native performance on all platforms is the right way to go and far superior to alternatives. We've grown tired of the closed development happening over at Famous so we thought we'd have a bash at writing our own engine.
We'll keep you informed, develop in the open, and encourage you to be a part of a true open source project. You can get involved from the get go by sharing your insight and opinions in the forums (but we do ask you to please search first and "like" existing posts unless you have something new to add) and on GitHub via issues and pull requests.
In brief, here are the three main philosophical characteristics that we want our project to adhere to:
- The library will be MIT or similar.
- All development will happen on GitHub and be publicly visible at all times, including development of the website, and revolving tools, not just the library itself.
- We'll listen and respond to community ideas and handle issues and pull requests right away.
So what's happening now?
A few of us are working (independently) on our own engine rewrites, with the eventual plan to merge. That might sound counter productive (rather than dividing up the work from the get-go), but we wanted to avoid "coding blind", to make sure all parts of the system work together well in real world conditions, that all devs have personal familiarity with the full scope of the project, and ultimately, to encourage creativity in eventually taking the best solution to each problem.
Note: the option of forking Famous was considered but in the end we came to the conclusion that making our own library would lead to better results.
When can we see something?
It's too early to say. This is still an experiment and not a full time job for any of us, but the good news is that we're all in the same boat and we all want something out as soon as possible. Ideally, the next stage of the project (the merge) will commence in late November, and you can follow that progress in the merge plan thread. Until then, you can look out for "first look" posts and for commits in the various infamous repos.