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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
A lot has been said of late concerning the way Apple slipped in a brand-new Safari installer into the Apple Software Update used by many hundreds of thousands of iPod-wielding Windows users. Let me offer a new perspective, from the open source point of view - why what Apple did was bad, and why open source developers wouldn’t do it. I'll also cut through the FUD and deliver the truth about what the installer really does!
For those who run Linux or for any other reason were blissfully unaware, iTunes is Apple’s media library management tool and is the only official way to maintain content on the popular iPod family of portable music and video players.
Late last week Apple surprised many when the Apple Software Updater offered a new download which was not, in fact, an update of an existing package. It was the Safari web browser, and its checkbox was pre-ticked. Downloading and installing Safari was a single mouse-click away (whereas to not download was two mouse clicks, and to suppress the item from ever being offered again took several more.)
Let’s break it down. I would like to tell you why it is wrong, and why this wouldn’t happen in the open source world.