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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 beyazkeyat on 3/28/2008 4:50:04 AM , Rating: 1
Seriously? I mean for God's sake, man, I thumped your ear at the end of the post. Come on, man. Come on. Here, I'll denote the jokes for you with :D faces so you don't get all huffy again, k? *ahem*

First off, I never said mac users were "idiots" as you said. I just said most of them are assholes. BIG difference.

Second, the people I know who have HSDPA just went up to the provider store and got the nice little add-in cards. I really don't give a shit about the service, so no, I didn't care to look up that there were USB modems :D. I don't care if you buy it or not, it's the truth, haha. Touche there though, good sir. (But that also means there's no nifty little hole to store a remote in for when I watch dvd's, or when I have my computer playing music and am too lazy to get up and change the song. :D)

I was just pointing out silly little things. Like, of course, the adapter thing. You should know, Mr. High and Mighty, that there are also VGA to DVI cables, so sure the ol' Toshiba could output DVI, just not in oh so pretty digital or HDCP, if you wanna get all anal about it. I was just being silly. :D It's all silly stuff that a few care about. And you say "proper" gigabit ethernet, pfft, most people (well, here in the good ol USA anyway ;D ) still can't even saturate 100mbps or even know what mbps are. About the only people who really need gigabit are big businesses around here.

In the end it all really comes down to what you really want out of your computer. I just think it's silly when people get big headed about dumb little shit like, well, a magnetic power cord. I also enjoy poking fun at you because you get so easily riled up. :D Personally, I like a good mix of horsepower and looks. My Vostro isn't the BEST LOOKING LAPTOP EVAR but it looks good enough for me. Has a built in 2MP webcam, Bluetooth, SD card reader, oh and it even plays games pretty well! I spent about $1400 on it back in August, the only thing I wish I had gotten was a bigger hard drive. Only got 120gb. :( It's quite a handicap when Steam and music takes up over half of it. Everything else is great, though.

I mean when you look at it, Macs aren't even priced that bad especially when compared to Sony stuff. It's been good fun but I say we put it all behind us. Let's unite and turn this into a Sony bashfest. Deal? :D

RE: so?
By Pirks on 3/28/08, Rating: -1
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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