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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I am NOT an Apple user. FYI, I am running FreeBSD:

bash-2.05b$ uname -a
FreeBSD tchaikovsky.stpetersburg 4.7-RELEASE-p3 FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE-p3 #0: Tue Jan 7 14:54:13 EST 2003 matgarnz@tchaikovsky.stpetersburg:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386
bash-2.05b$

Firstly, having look at the change log, there has been a boat load of changes/additions given back to the community. I assume the only part that is proprietary is the interface, which, in the grand scheme of things isn't really the most sexiest piece of code on the planet.

As for the accusations that Apple is proprietary. Who cares? I think it is about time companies stood back and realised that cheap PC doesn't mean a reliable PC. Sure, I can get a $200 PC from some bargin basement store, however, will it run as reliably as Dell? hell no, because there has been a tonne of corners cut to reduce the cost of production.

As for the comment regarding Apple being so-called "proprietary", funny how I never hear any one moan about Compaq's weird and obscure BIOS or HP's "Firmware tweaks". The only people who are throwing the stones are the Johnny and Jane CheapSkates of the world who are a little pissed they can't build a wizzbang computer for 50cents out of dodgy parts from some dodgy cheapskate local PC store.

As for buying "quality PC's", you do a comparison and Apple only comes out $50 more expensive, HOWEVER, that doesn't take in account all the software and crap you get with the computer. Heck, I've just had a look at Dell, and talk about a bundle of sweet bugger all. Great, I am going to get excited about Windows XP + Works Suite? geepers, Bundle something that is atleast remotely tempting to the user.

As for the reason why Apples aren't in the majority. People are sheep. They follow the few uneducated leaders in society believing that unless they run what everyone else is running they're some how "different" and there for must be "evil".