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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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RE: Ironic?
By Symmetriad on 3/27/2008 3:58:11 PM , Rating: 2
Not surprising - Apple software is one of my biggest annoyances when it comes to using my PC. Who's the only company whose software doesn't play nice with my pro-audio production sound card? Apple! Whose programs keep wanting to steal all my file associations? Apple! Who has multiple useless services running in the background at Windows startup just taking up memory? Apple!

I should really just give Apple the boot and switch over to Anapod Explorer for transferring stuff to my iPod.

RE: Ironic?
By 777 on 3/27/2008 10:42:10 PM , Rating: 1
If you hate Apple and their products so much why did you ever buy a ipod or install any of their software? No one forced you to do this, there are plenty of alternative products you can get and do everything and probably more than with Apple. I never get why someone buys a Apple product and then moans and moans about how bad they are.

I have a two desktop Mac's that have always worked great, oh yeah with Pro-tools audio software, final cut pro, dvd studio pro, excel, word, photoshop, Cinema 4d, Sorenson Squeeze, Toast and Boris Red. I have two pc laptops and gave away a third, the two I have now are slow and can be a pain in the ars to use just for email and internet surfing. Hmmmmm . . .

RE: Ironic?
By jlips6 on 3/28/2008 12:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
I think that he's complaining because apple programs not on an apple cause his pc to run sluggishly. Wonder why? maybe windows can make some malicious code for microsoft office for apples new operating system (not that it even needs it.) So it slows down the boot time, or general operation. Still think this is legitimate?

RE: Ironic?
By PWNettle on 3/28/2008 7:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I hate apple, their products, their marketing, and their attitude.

Hence, I don't install apple crap on my PC and will never buy an iPod, which is just a wannabe trendy MP3 player - it's nothing special.

Apple should get out of the browser business and stick to what its good at - whatever that might be.

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