Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jan 2003 18:05 UTC
Apple Steve Jobs just announced in his Macworld Keynote that Apple is releasing its own browser, called Safari. Its claim to fame is extremely fast performance on the Mac. The Mac platform has struggled from sluggish browser performance with IE (the old default browser). Update: According to Jobs, Safari is open source and based on khtml. It only runs on Mac OS X and will be available for download today.
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re: appleforever
by c on Tue 7th Jan 2003 21:22 UTC

why would the company making the BEST, pointing the way for all the copiers -- just disappear.

Because they require money to sustain their IP. Apple is what's "in" today, its popular, its good. But how long can it sustain its cash flow? What will it do when the screws get tightened? Apple has to move products and improve its stuff and make many new sales to stay alive. Its competition doesn't. Apple could be more like its competition if it wanted, to, but still insists on being proprietary in so many ways.

Releasing OSX for intel or alternative hardware would be a step in the right direction. So would open sourcing their OS. At least the most important parts of the OS are open source, so we know that will be around for a while, but Apple hardware is going to be obsolete in a couple years, like everything else. What happens if the company goes bankrupt or gets bought out? It disappears unless its profitable to continue building systems and software. What happens when it is no longer profitable? It disappears.

That's IP for ya. Its worthless unless you give it away for free.