Safari Plagued By Bugs, Accidental Violation Of Its Own EULA
March 27, 2008 1:03 PM
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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.
Safari for Windows is having some serious issues that deserve a second look.
Fueled by Safari's
release on Windows last June
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".
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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3/27/2008 5:31:35 PM
Gee it's not that easy to make perfect software when you DON'T control the hardware now is it?
That has been my biggest complaint about apple. They go along saying they are such a great system, but they lock you into hardware that you can't easily fix and/or modify yourself. Then they even further limit the modifications you can "buy".
I have always said and will continue to say it. Apple is only good because 1) they have a small user base and less product in the real world to fail. 2) they only have few bugs and viruses because of #1 and no virus writer wants to write a virus to infect a small % of the market when you can go for the gold.
If apple computers were as popular as windows, they would have all the same problems of windows for all the same reasons, only they would never admit it.
I think this recent Safari bug sums up the last part. And if you want to go there... The first gen iPods had a HUGE defect rate as well. And if you don't believe me, ask anyone who worked at a store that sold them at that time and they will tell you they probably had at the least 1 return a day if not more.
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