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The Register: Safari, So Good: Browser and Bluetooth Boost OS X

Feb 05, 2003, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"Apple is caught between a rock and a hard place with its pricing policy for the bundled applications. The Mac market is so small--and alas, shrinking--that third party developers have to be a little insane to enter the market to begin with, in the knowledge that a free bundled competitor from Apple could wipe out any hope of making money. Opera has already indicated it might not continue development for Mac OS X. And Chimera developer Mike Pinkerton who had done more than anyone to make OS X browsing tolerable--with the Cocoa browser based on Mozilla code--'fessed to wondering whether it was worth carrying on.

"Jamie Zawinski put the knife in with some style. Citing David Baron, who wrote:

"'Why is Mozilla's layout engine so big and complex? Perhaps the simple answer is that there were too many people available to write it, and they wrote as much code as they could. After all, they didn't have any incentives to keep the code small...'"

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