Kleine Anekdote: Safari wäre fast Freedom geworden

SafariEine kleine Anekdote aus dem Jahr 2002: Fast wäre unser altbekannter Safari-Browser Freedom getauft worden. Der ehemalige Apple-Programmierer Don Melto berichtete das, er leitete die Safari und Webkit Entwicklung in den frühen Tagen.

Meltons Anekdote kommt aus einer Zeit, in der Apple noch einen 5-Jahres Deal mit Microsoft am Laufen hatte, wegen dem Apple den Internet Explorer (von 1998 bis 2003) als Standard-Browser auf allen neu verkauften Rechnern ausliefern musste. Damals hatte sich Steve Jobs aber schon kräftig an der Namenssuche versucht. Jobs habe die möglichen Vorschläge laut ausgesprochen und nicht nur deren Klang, sondern auch die Reaktionen des Teams getestet. “iBrowse” stand ebenso hoch im Kurs, wie der Name “Freedom”.

During the Summer of ‘02, Steve Jobs and the Apple management team realized that we were going to pull this off — we could actually ship a Web browser by the end of the year. [...] As I remember, Steve just started saying some names out loud — I suppose trying them out to see how they felt in his mouth and to his ears. Which is not as odd as it seemed then — it’s a good technique now that I think about it.

I don’t recall all the names, but one that stands out is “Freedom.” Steve spent some time trying that one out on all of us. He may have liked it because it invoked positive imagery of people being set free. [...] Of course, all I could think about was, “Please don’t let us name the browser after a feminine hygiene product!” But cooler heads and filthier minds prevailed. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one in the room with that concern. So, after some discussion about its actual merits, “Freedom” moved off the candidate list.