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There will be a few Windows users who, on the back of this morning's announcement, will be tempted to switch to the Safari web browser.

You can of course sate your curiosity, but if you've done several years hard labour with Internet Explorer at some point in your computing past, you'll appreciate the pitfalls of proprietary browsers. We've been through all this before, and thanks to Firefox (and indeed KHTML, the software on which Apple's "open source" WebKit is based), the days of browsers being handed down from megalithic corporations to lock you into their own particular suite of scams is long gone.

This is just an unfortunate anachronism.

(FYI, yes I currently use and recommend Mac OS X — it's got some "Just Works" mojo that I haven't found even in Ubuntu yet. Plus it's got Quicksilver, the only software I know of with a gooey, chocolatey centre. Furthermore, all our inventions already fully support Safari, and that's not going to change. But I don't use it, and I can't see the point of it — except as aforementioned Trojan Horse.)

Joseph | 12 Jun 2007

Fri 15 Jun 2007, 6:09PM Virginia

Why "open source" rather than open source? I'm curious.

Tue 19 Jun 2007, 3:24PM Joseph

It is unquestionably open source in that the source is open. But the open source spirit wasn't there for a long time, and Apple badly damaged relations with those who did the bulk of their work (the KHTML team) by refusing to push patches back upstream. There's wallpaper now being applied to the cracks in the form of Project Unity, but I dunno. I just find it difficult to trust Apple given their track record.

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