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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Firstly, having look at the change log, there has been a boat load of changes/additions given back to the community.

Perhaps, but Jordan Hubbard himself said there had been only a few minor patches and some test suites contributed back. Ironically, KHTML is probably going to end up getting far more important and useful contributions back than FreeBSD.

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.

No disrespect, but you should learn more about the internals. It's practically all proprietary. No, not just Aqua, huge amounts of system code too:

- Quartz
- Aqua
- CoreAudio
- IOKit
- API Services
- GUI applets (menu bar/dock/control panel etc)

OS X is a proprietary platform. I don't understand why some people persist in thinking it's open source.

As for the accusations that Apple is proprietary. Who cares?

Er, me? Have we really learnt sod all from the last decade? Jobs would turn into the next Gates in the blink of an eye if we let him, probably worse, at least Gates doesn't have an ego the size of a house. Not that it matters what I think, the economy cares - proprietary tends to lose, quality regardless (vhs vs betamax, pc vs mac etc).

As for buying "quality PC's", you do a comparison and Apple only comes out $50 more expensive

I suggest you study their hardware margins, and the margins of their PC counterparts. Macs are overpriced, nobody can deny that. Yes, even the iMac. No, arbitrarily saying an iMac processor is equivalent to a 1.5ghz pentium or whatever does not make them cost equivalent unless all you do is run 2 photoshop plugins all day, over and over.

As for the reason why Apples aren't in the majority. People are sheep.

We have left reality completely, and are now in the realm of total fantasy. Apple aren't in the majority because they have a business model that doesn't let them be in the majority. Their customers seem to be mostly made up of people who have convinced themselves they are paying over the odds for an exclusive quality piece of kit, or something. That's arguable. What isn't really arguable is that Apple market themselves as the Rolls Royce of computing meaning they are forever destined to be a minority platform. Apple once had 40% market share yes? Something like that. Ponder the reasons why today it's more like 0.4% (for macos x).