During this weekend, those responsible for Mozilla Firefox have officially presented Quantum. Quantum will be the new Mozilla Firefox engine, an engine that will replace Gecko and will be made up of parts and elements from Servo, another similar project from the Mozilla Foundation.
Quantum is coming to Mozilla Firefox at the end of 2017, in a year but we already have some developments and some official parts that augur a renewed and powerful web browser.
Those responsible for Mozilla Firefox indicate that Firefox and Gecko were created when operating systems and computers only had a single core, which means that currently they cannot take advantage of the full potential of the equipment, so it is expected that Quantum and the new Mozilla Firefox increase in power and performance by correctly using the CPU cores and powerful GPUs.
Quantum will be written in Rust in addition to traditional languages
Servo will not be an abandoned project but they will continue working on it but for the moment parts and elements of this project will be taken to Quantum as stylo, the one in charge of reading and executing style sheet files. And these two Mozilla projects will not be the only projects that we will know about in future versions of the most famous web browser on the Internet. Programming language Rust will also be present at Quantum being written in part in this Mozilla project. In Firefox 48 we have already seen how some elements have been written in Rust and work perfectly, so it seems that the developers have decided that the language is mature enough to be in Firefox.
In any case, everything points to the new version of Mozilla Firefox will be key in the web browsing of the future, something that its users urgently request but that will have to wait until next 2017 to have it on our computers.