Personally, I really like Safari 5.1. It’s WebKit 2 based, has nearly bullet proof sandboxing, WebGL support and, well, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into. However, there are quite a few Snow Leopard users that want to get back to the relative safety of Safari 5.0.5.
That said, Apple being Apple, there isn’t to my knowledge a publicly listed download link on their website for this sought after version of their WebKit-based browser. Yes, it’s buried inside the OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update — that’s a lot of extra downloading and a bit more work, too.
However, mining the web turned up this — Safari 5.0.5 Snow Leopard — which is half the battle.
That is, no, you can’t just install Safari 5.0.5 over version 5.1. To get that done, you’ll need to throw Safari 5.1 in Trash and empty it.
Next, you’ll need CharlesSoft’s Pacifist, which has powerful Mac voodoo and in my experience is very, very safe. Just follow these instructions, look for “force install,” and good luck.
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