For those not in the know, Servo is a cutting-edge browser engine that uses the power of Rust to provide a safe and flexible experience.
After Mozilla launched Servo in 2012 as a research project, it had its highs and lows over the years, but it made a comeback in 2023, thanks to a new vision by the developers on how Servo should move forward.
Even though there are loads of open source Chrome alternatives, with this, we might get some cracking options based on Servo that could give Blink and Gecko a run for their money. In September 2023, after The Servo Project officially joined Linux Foundation Europe, the existing contributors from Igalia stepped up their game by taking over the project maintenance.
At the Open Source Summit Europe last year, Manuel Rego from Igalia showed off stuff like the WebGL support, cross-platform support including mobile support for Android and Linux.
They have experimented with Servo for embedded applications use-cases (like running it on Raspberry Pi), and have plans to make progress on it. Servo is faster for Raspberry Pi than Chromium.
The 2024 roadmap includes initial Android support, that will see Servo being made to build on modern Android versions, with the developers publishing nightly APKs on the official website some time in the future."
Firefox still uses some servo components but ditched its involvement in the browser.