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 7:49:00 PM
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
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.
3/27/2008 8:23:31 PM
Bon appetit with your pizza. My remark about twice the price was not about you then, it was about another idiot who said that.
Vista being useless just shows why Macs are getting so popular.
Yes, you can price larger and heavier notebook cheaper than MacBook, but it is cheaper because it's larger and heavier, so it's a fair deal.
Yeah, Windows has a lot of idiotic fanboys, that's true, some of them babble about "twice the price" just tad too much.
About objective standards - you can't be objective because you blindly ignore all the advantages MacBook has. Yes, you have to spend about a hundred dollars additional to equip it similar to that Toshiba, but other advantages like Leopard and minor convenience features like multitouch and magnetical latches etc easily compensate. What is important here is that you don't pay $100 extra FOR NOTHING as you are trying to prove. You can't prove it, precisely because Vista is a flop (just too buggy and not well tuned OS which needs a lot more time to mature) and because PC notebooks don't have all these nifty little things like magsafe. And in real life for average people, not tech geeks like you and me, these little features are definitely worth extra $100, and they don't care about the number of gigabytes or whatever.
If computers were measured only by number of gigabytes and gigahertz... it's the same as comparing cars ONLY by HP rating. You don't do this when you compare cars, so why are you trying to do this when comparing computers?
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