A fun look back, with plenty of great quotes.
[…] it’s just good business sense to avoid any situation in which you are dependent upon Microsoft acting in good faith.
And from Dave Hyatt, quoted in the article, on why Gecko (Firefox’s HTML-rendering engine) would be a bad choice on OS X:
Gecko is a thick cross-platform codebase that doesn’t reuse components that have already been implemented by the OS. […] The code is immense (over 1.5 million lines) and hard to understand. It’s hopelessly entangled. […] A browser on OS X done right should be able to dust Gecko in terms of speed and footprint. It should be able to just smoke Gecko in startup time and page load time. The fact that this hasn’t been done yet doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Enter Safari. And Gruber was completely on point with this:
Apple’s stated goal is to make Safari the best browser on the Mac. What’s unstated, but clearly their larger goal, is to make it the best browser in the world, period. A noble goal, but clearly reachable.
There’s now a Windows version of Safari, and Apple recently made its Windows iTunes updater prompt users to install Safari. I saw that one coming.
Anyway, this article is a fun look back. I love reading old tech blog posts and seeing how their predictions and opinions fared over time.