Apple grants Windows PCs the right to run Safari for Windows
Except where it doesn't
In a sudden about-face, Apple has allowed Safari for Windows to run on Windows PCs.
Until yesterday, Apple's Safari for Windows license agreement permitted users to install the browser on no more than "a single Apple-labeled computer." But after a setteB.IT-fueled exposé from The Reg, Steve Jobs and his minions have changed the license, telling the world that installing Safari for Windows on a Windows PC isn't such a bad idea after all.
At least, we think that's what they're telling the world. Apple has changed the license posted to its web site, replacing "a single Apple-labeled computer" with "each computer owned or controlled by you." But if you actually attempt to install Safari for Windows on a Windows machine, you're still confronted with a Jobsian paradox:
This means that Windows users fooled into downloading Safari for Windows are now presented with not one license conundrum, but two. First, they must wrap their heads around a EULA that tells them not to install a Windows app on a Windows PC. Then they must reconcile two contradictory licenses for the same piece of software.
To summarize: Apple has made itself look even sillier. ®
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Nice distribution method ;)
EULA's gone mad??
"This licence does not allow the Apple Software to exist on more than one computer at a time"
I just read this snippet in the screenshot from the article, and am I seriously missing something, or does anyone else take this to mean that NO-ONE in the whole universe can ever have Safari installed at the same time as someone else? That is, only ONE copy can ever be installed, on ANY computer, simultaneously??
What legal fuckwits write this bollocks??!!
I reckon ...
I reckon that, not withstanding the Apple-Labelled boo boo, what they want to do is be able to say how many machines are running Safari for all the marketing guff.
If I downloaded one copy and installed that on two machines they're missing out on the chance to say that another machine has Safari installed.
I'm sure you know what I mean but I can't be bothered to articulate it properly.