CNET Opines on Apple's Choice of KHTML

Tuesday January 14th, 2003

CNET has an article about Apple's choice of KHTML over Gecko for its Safari browser. Featuring a variety of quotes from many high profile figures, the article goes as far as to call the decision a "snub" — a claim that Apple's spokesperson refuses to corroborate.

Update! Mike Shaver isn't too happy about being quoted out of context and Chris Blizzard also has some choice words about the article. MozillaZine founder Chris Nelson isn't quite so subtle. There's also a discussion at Slashdot.

#21 Introspective...

by Kovu <>

Tuesday January 14th, 2003 5:06 PM

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After reading Alex Russell's take on the matter, I've come to realize one thing. Apple decided that they wanted to go with a platform-specific solution. That solution of course has much less code overhead. Mozilla and Gecko render the same on all major platforms, but that includes a lot of code overhead. What they have done, though, is lock themselves out of other platforms. Sure, their Mac users will be able to use Safari and all of the platform-specific uses of it, but Windows users won't. If Apple had decided to try and bring in users from other platforms into their "i" apps, they'd have chosen Gecko. Instead, they're choosing to force users to use Mac OS if they want to use "i" apps. I, for one, won't.

If you ask me, Apple has just locked out users from all other platforms from using their "i" apps, and that will mean many, many less people will use them, because the world isn't going to go to Mac OS tomorrow. Even Microsoft was bright enough to allow their Windows Media Player to be licensed to other OSs, because they want to have it on as many platforms, and used by as many users, as possible. Apple just wants to make everyone buy Macs and use Mac OS, and it just isn't going to happen.

Good luck, Apple!