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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: so?
By Pirks on 3/27/2008 7:35:02 PM , Rating: -1
If you add $50 you get 160 GB hard drive on MacBook, that's for the same price as that Toshiba. So if you add another hundred dollars to upgrade RAM and HDD by yourself, you'll still get slightly higher priced MacBook, and the difference in price is paid for convenience features like MagSafe, much faster wired networking, virusless Leopard that gives users much more satisfaction than Vista (just read any recent user satisfaction survey results, where Vista scores 8% satisfaction rate and Leopard scores 80%). So you think that crap-o-plastic case of that Toshiba is any better? Because it's not uniformly colored and has that crappy black color underneath and for some reason white on the top?

You Wintel fanboys can lie about TWICE THE PRICE FOR THE SAME HARDWARE all you want, my link proves you are liars. There is no such thing as twice the price, there is something called extra premium for convenience features, but this is VERY far from your moronic TWICE THE PRICE claims.

RE: so?
By Gul Westfale on 3/27/2008 7:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
1. the results of surveys depend always on the people that are being asked. what the public or some idiot who has no idea what a real operating system is, thinks, does not make a difference to me. for the record i am sticking with XP because vista is overpriced and useless (except for DX10, but i don't need that atm).

2. your link and post were misleading and now you are trying to backpedal. you can easily price out a windows machine with a larger screen for less than $1000. not as small then i guess, but the macbook isn't an ultraportable either.

3. i never said twice as much, i said hundreds more, and that is correct.

4. i don't care what computer you use, owning a mac is your problem, not mine. what i don't like is the pretentiousness of people who, by any objective standards, have either inferior or overpriced hardware (and in some cases both, see ipod/iphone). it's not like windows doesn't have it's idiot fanboys though...

5. i'm hungry so i'm going to eat some pizza now. salami, ground beef, onions, 'shrooms , and extra cheese.

RE: so?
By Pirks on 3/27/08, Rating: -1
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