CNET News.com Opines on Apple's Choice of KHTML
Tuesday January 14th, 2003
CNET News.com 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.
Thursday January 16th, 2003 3:49 PM
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Sorry, I just don't see it working like you say. I read a story yesterday at CNET about how Apple's starting to suffer financially. I'm looking at this from a perspective of following Amiga Inc. on its journey; they've come up with a strategy much like you mention, but it's two-fold. There is (already out) the Amiga One PPC machine, Amiga OS 4 (the Amiga OS ported to the PPC).
But on top of that, they've chosen an OS (intent) that's heavily Java-based and cross platform to build new apps on - and that OS is like under 5MB! That's innovation. Microsoft was impressed enough to make a deal with Amiga to have its apps on Microsoft phones, PDAs, and other devices (including PCs) and Amiga Inc. is the only company Microsoft is allowing to take over the entire screen.
You put that together with their hardware strategy (which licenses the hardware specs out to other companies), and then look at Mac. They've used Unix PPC, which is slow, but stable, and they're still refusing to do anything but have proprietary, over-priced (compared to PC) hardware, which is the strategy that helped kill Amiga (Commodore).
Once all hardware is fast, and it is, the only thing that differentiates Mac hardware is style - and a higher price. And very little differentiates Mac OS from other forms of Unix, except having less choice than Linux folk have about what software to use. It just doesn't seem to be a killer combination.
I really do like Mac OS X; it's the first decent OS Mac has ever had. But it just doesn't Jazz me enough to buy a Mac. I have a Tablet PC now, and as far as I know there's nothing similar in the Mac environment. It just seems to me they're stuck back in the 1980s when proprietary hardware was all the rage.
And I don't like Steve Jobs. He makes silly decisions - like spending money on a new Web browser when people could care less about what browser they use as long as it works and renders pages properly.
Anyway, that's my 10 cents, I guess.