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article imageSafari, so far: One million downloads of new browser in 48 hours

By Paul Wallis     Jun 15, 2007 in Internet
Apple’s move into realism in the browser market hasn’t hurt much. The former Mac-only Internet browser has now hit where it matters, with users grabbing the thing fast.
The decades of proprietary insularity seem to have finally begun to melt away.
It’s been a curse of the Internet: Browsers, the carthorses of the information dirt track, have been so loaded with mythologies about their “sanctity.”
The Netscape fiasco some years ago, the big deal about a pretty indifferent browser, didn’t wake anyone up to the simple fact that what is actually needed is a browser that can do what it’s supposed to do; read. Instead, the entire industry, and the world were dragged off onto a rather bumpy antitrust joyride, where the one issue which was never to be even mentioned was the needs of users.
So at least in theory, this is encouraging. The quaint old world notion of some sort of practical approach to the biggest single medium ever to exist might for once have been revived. There are now three main browser species on the net. They seem to work.
How about we keep it that way, and lose the theories?
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