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Apple's EULA, as pictured here in Windows XP says you can't install Safari on non-Apple hardware, meaning that Apple has just massively violated its own EULA.  (Source: DailyTech)
Safari for Windows is having some serious issues that deserve a second look.

Fueled by Safari's release on Windows last June and strong Mac sales, Apple's Safari browser has been making modest inroads in the browser marketshare competition, moving up from around 4.6 percent around 5.7 percent between April 2007 and February 2008, according to Net Applications.  It even was able to best the Acid3 test, showing off its compatibility prowess.

However  Safari has run into some troubles.  Apple made the dubious decision of trying to coerce iTune's 500 million users into installing Safari along with the normal iTunes update, via a pesky dialog, which comes with the install Safari option checked by default.  Mozilla blasted Apple for this tactic, saying it "borders on malware distribution practices". 

Now someone has humorously pointed out that in its promotional zealousness, Apple appears to have unintentionally encouraged massive violation of and made a mockery of its own End User License Agreement (EULA) for Safari.  EULAs are supposed to set clear legal guidelines for terms of use and help consumers know what they can and cannot do (i.e. you cannot install this software on everyone in your neighborhood's computers).  Apple's EULA states that Safari can be installed on "
a single Apple-labeled computer at a time", forbidding non-Apple-marked hardware Windows machines, and the updater itself states that "Use of this software is subject to the original Software License Agreement(s) that accompanied the software being updated."

So apparently Apple has succeeded in massively violating its own EULA, a possible first of this scale, depending on the number of accidental or intentional Safari downloads.  Lawyers point out that concerned citizens need not fear about legal action from Apple.  Jonathan Kramer, a tech attorney who runs Kramer Telecom Law Firm states, "We call this an impossibility issue, you can't enforce a term that's impossible."

Amidst this embarassing debacle, new reports are coming in that Safari is faring rather poorly on Windows XP, with many users experiencing crashes.  Windows XP users who felt smug about Windows Vista bugs, may find an unexpected new source of problems-- Apple.  Apple's support forum is being flooded by angry posters complaining that their XP version of the Safari browser is broken.  Says SakJosep, one such poster, "When I try to start Safari 3.1 in Windows XP, it crashes right away."

OllieK92 echoes the previous posters sentiments, stating, "I have this problem too, I have no idea what it is."

Some users are reporting that the browser simply will not open.  The thread on the problems has received over 1,000 views well before receiving much media coverage, making it clear that the problem may be afflicting many users.  There have also been scattered reports of Safari not running on Vista, though XP has received many more such reports.  Of the Vista problems, most posters said the previous versions worked properly, but that the update to the current version, 3.1 broke the browser.

Ironically, the new version of Safari-- 3.1-- had mostly received glowing reviews.  Many reviewers lauded its better speed, security, search tools, and improved support of HTML standards.  However all is not sunny in Cupertino as it appears that Apple may be in for some more criticism amid poorly though out attempts to leverage its iTunes user base as a means of pushing the browser, and from some pesky bugs that have cropped up.

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All Hail Apple (**gag**)
By steve1014 on 3/27/2008 3:03:28 PM , Rating: 4
Apple has finally become a victim of its own greed and slander. They have walked around bashing PC's publicly for the past 2-3 years and now that their greed has sent them into the PC market they have created crashing software that borders on the line of being unethically distributed. They should be very proud of themselves and their we don't make faulty products campaign.

All the Apple lemmings should be falling off the cliff any time now.

RE: All Hail Apple (**gag**)
By beyazkeyat on 3/27/2008 3:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well you know that it's OBVIOUSLY not Apple's fault but Microsoft's for having a buggy OS, right?

I mean come on. Apple never does ANYTHING wrong. Everybody knows this ;)

RE: All Hail Apple (**gag**)
By chick0n on 3/28/2008 12:09:52 AM , Rating: 1
lol !

Next thing I know is that they gonna put blame god said why did God allowed PC to exist in the first place !

Why God WHY !?

(Mac sux, all the time, period.)

RE: All Hail Apple (**gag**)
By 777 on 3/28/2008 4:32:37 AM , Rating: 2
(Mac sux, all the time, period.)

Your an ignorant ass who's probably never used a Mac and afraid to use one, period. Mac's may not do everything well, but you show me one audio professional that uses Pro-tools and likes the pc version better. I have worked as a sound engineer/editor professionally for almsot 20 years and Macs have always ruled here over the mostly pile Sh-t Pc's, period. I know of not one professional that uses the pc version. Get over yourself, that's why we have different computers for different uses and both computers serve their purposes well.

You Apple haters amaze me as if the Pc was God's gift to world with no problems - wrong!

RE: All Hail Apple (**gag**)
By jlips6 on 3/28/2008 12:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
I have a question that may sound biased, but there's no other way to put it. Please don't mistake it for apple bashing.

All the soundcards in all the apple computers I use (Macbook, E-mac, G-4) are completely awful. As in, I could go Simon Cowell on them and not overstate their suck.

Does the macbook pro (or whatever apple compy you use.) Have a different soundcard? Or is there something I'm missing?

RE: All Hail Apple (**gag**)
By 777 on 3/30/2008 3:05:15 AM , Rating: 2
All the soundcards in all the apple computers I use (Macbook, E-mac, G-4) are completely awful.

If by this you mean the sound output that comes with the Mac(not a 3rd party hardware plugin) then they are definetly no worse than any pc's built in sound output. But if you're talking about adding 3rd party hardware to your Mac, then it sound's like you didn't buy anything worth squat and this has nothing to do with Apple. Also you cannot install any sound card in a Macbook.

You can buy a scaled down pro tools for $399.00 and the audio goes through the Mbox, which sounds pretty darn good. The hardware I use such as a Black magic decklink card for both video and sound in/out are great, this is high end professional stuff. I have never had the need to buy a cheap 3rd party sound card for the Mac, not sure why one would need to do this when you can record and playback thru either firewire(which is best) or USB.

RE: All Hail Apple (**gag**)
By jlips6 on 4/1/2008 5:51:50 PM , Rating: 2
I mean songs I have bought through itunes, and play on itunes with headphones with a 26,000 Mhz frequency response sound better on different computers with the same headphones.

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