Ladybird Is a New Browser Initiative Backed up by $1M

GitHub's co-founder and former CEO launched the Ladybird initiative, a brand-new independent browser written from scratch and backed by a non-profit.

The web is a cornerstone of modern civilization. However, despite its open nature, the financial backbone of the web’s most popular browsers is predominantly tied to advertising revenues from tech giants like Google.

For good or bad, this financial dependency can lead to compromises in user privacy and a lack of diversity in browser technology. Major browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Opera are based on Google’s Chromium project, highlighting the pervasive influence of a single company’s technology.

At the same time, Apple gets billions of dollars to set Google as the default search engine on Safari, while Firefox also makes hundreds of millions annually through a similar arrangement.

In response, the Ladybird Browser Initiative, spearheaded by GitHub co-founder and former CEO Chris Wanstrath and tech visionary Andreas Kling, seeks to challenge the status quo with a new web browser completely independent of corporate interests.

Funded by a significant $1 million donation from Wanstrath and his family, Ladybird aims to disrupt this model by providing a fresh, built-from-the-ground-up take on web browsing.

Who’s Behind Ladybird?

Chris Wanstrath is well-known in the tech community as the co-founder and former CEO of GitHub, a platform that fundamentally changed how developers collaborate. His vision for Ladybird is influenced by his commitment to open-source values and a desire to innovate freely without the constraints of corporate interests.

Andreas Kling, the president of the Ladybird Browser Initiative, brings a wealth of experience from his time at Apple working on Safari and at Nokia with WebKit, the engine behind many current browsers.

What Sets Ladybird Browser Apart?

Ladybird is not just another browser. It is designed to be a robust tool for daily web interactions while prioritizing user privacy and standards compliance. It stands out by not borrowing code from existing browsers, instead building its engine entirely from scratch.

Originating from a humble HTML viewer for the SerenityOS hobby project, it has evolved into a comprehensive browser planned to support various Unix-like systems, including Linux and macOS.

Yes, you read correctly. The main target groups for which the browser will be developed are Linux and macOS users. The Windows platform is not currently on the developers’ priorities, and possibly adding support is not currently on the agenda.

The project is still in its infancy, as the developers have not yet committed to any timelines for initial preview versions. However, it’s important to mention that the project’s GitHub repository is seeing a lot of activity, with over a thousand contributors rapidly gaining momentum.

The Ladybird Browser Initiative operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, ensuring that all contributions go directly towards development without the need for profit-driven compromises.

The initiative’s governance is overseen by a board of directors comprised of experts from diverse backgrounds, emphasizing skill and vision over financial influence.

For more information or to contribute to the project, visit

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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