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Fri 24 Sep 2004

Camino is alive!

Category : mac and the internet

Camino, part of, was my pre-Safari browser of choice. I discovered it in November 2002 when it was Chimera 0.6. A casual remark by macaddicts on my macintosh users mailing list (me@n) introduced me and many others to tabbed browsing and an alternate universe!

Then Safari steam-rolled the competition in January 2003 at MacWorld. Still multiple browser users like myself kept Camino and other browsers handy, and I used BookIt to maintain my sanity with bookmark synchronisation.

However, the Camino project began to stagger and finally went quiet in 2003. Ominously, even the nightly builds became inaccessible, and I left the fold with Safari as my default. Then yesterday afternoon, I happily discovered that Camino is alive and well! And version 0.9 expected in end-2004!

On the Mozilla homepage, however, it is overshadowed by Firefox's onslaught to recapture the browser share that it lost years ago (remember Firefox<- Firebird<- Phoenix, rising from the ashes of Netscape), but that's another story.

Eric Bangeman reveals the stories behind this through an "Interview with Camino project head Mike Pinkerton". [Thanks to Teuteberg. If archived, see this page or this one].

Pinkerton points out that Camino is "Mac-first, Mac-only," whereas Firefox is "How can we back-port this to Mac so that it will still work?". As for Safari, "Camino provides them an excellent alternative and serves to keep Apple looking over its shoulder."

Safari is my principal browser. All that Firefox evangelism is targeted at the (sigh!) majority - pc-users sadly struggling with IE and all its woes. I echo Judi Sohn, "If you're on Windows, Firefox is by far the best browser your money can't buy."

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