Apple Safari 3 Beta for Windows
Finally, we can (hopefully) test Safari on Windows too, but it remains to be seen how this compares with Firefox and its battalion of extensions and the ever-blazing Opera.
Apple is on to some exciting things. After the iPhone and the new eagerly awaited of the Max OSX, it even announced Safari 3 Beta for Windows!
The install was painless. Especially if you choose the no-Quicktime option (which Apple has no qualms about plugging shamelessly with almost every download it offers). I was also asked during the installation for 'Bonjour' — a tool that supposedly allows better sharing of things such as printers.
The immediate uninstall
When I started the browser, it came up in some weird language. Greek, or Russian, or a specific kind of Celt. Who knows. I tried to reinstall, and it insisted on removing Safari first, which is ok, but it also required me to close Firefox, SecureCRT (for SSH) and WinSCP (for SFTP). I like my browsers to be independent of each other thank you. Opera never bothers with what else I am using.
The second and final uninstall
After the re-install, it showed up yet again in the strange language. Nowhere on my system is this language set up. All my browsers are set up to show only English, but support Japanese and Chinese. I guess it's "beta" for a reason. It surely has a long way to go if it wants to be anywhere near decent contention to FF and Opera. Below's a snapshot of what this gunk looks like on my machine:
Turns out these junk characters are not really a language at all. When I try to type something in the location bar, it comes up in this junk lingo. I try and rummage through these nonsensical options to see if one of the menus or submenus may have "English" as an option, but no luck.
This mutt is off my PC before it could even bark. So long, Safari, and thanks for all the fish.