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Apple's Safari

Postby newfie » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:22 pm

Two questions here...

1) Why do you think Apple avoids releasing Software for GNU/Linux despite claiming to embrace and support open source?

2) Is Safari Free (libre)?

I bring this up because I recently bought a MacBook due to needing a more compatible OS than GNU/Linux.. and I would much rather spend extra on a UNIX (BSD) based OS which supports open source over Windows 7. I want to try to use open/free software as much as I can. Safari is just one prime example.

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Re: Apple's Safari

Postby Husse » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:04 pm

Apple is not exactly "free friendly"
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it

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Re: Apple's Safari

Postby Kendall » Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:09 pm

Basically Apple open-sourced webkit in order to spur the proliferation of webkit based plugins and applications (most notably for the iPhone app store) that they could turn around and make a fortune with them. This was one of the better business decisions they have ever made, but note that they can claim to be supporting open-source because of stuff like this.

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