Snapshot: Camino Is Friendlier by Design

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2003-03-31 Print this article Print

As many Mozilla users know, the Mozilla Organization states that the open-source browser is a developer's tool, not an end-user application.

As many Mozilla users know, the Mozilla Organization states that the open-source browser is a developers tool, not an end-user application. Because of this, several side projects are under way to create end-user browsers that employ Mozillas Gecko browser engine.

One that recently underwent a name change is the Camino browser (formerly Chimera). Camino, which is still in beta, is an end-user implementation of Mozilla for Mac OS X.

By design, Camino is leaner and more user-friendly than Mozilla, lacking many Mozilla features, such as a mail client or an editor, but retaining pop-up ad blocking and other important tools. Camino compares favorably to Apple Computer Inc.s Safari browser and includes useful features, such as tabbed browsing, that are not part of Safari.

The Camino beta can be downloaded at

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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