Camino web browser, for Mac open source purists only?

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Camino is an open source web browser for Mac OS X users that requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. If you've never heard of it, then you should at least know that it has been around since 2002 and it has a special 'Safari migration' area on its website to encourage users to make the switch.

So what, you ask?


But I hear you say, Safari (or Opera, or IE9, or Chrome or Firefox) works just fine on my Mac thanks - so why would I bother?

Well aside from Camino being named after the Spanish word for "path" (a pathway to the web! see what they did there?), the latest iteration of the browser is pretty multilingual with support for 15 languages including Norwegian (Bokmål) and Spanish (Castellano) just in case that tops your browser want list.

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Although Camino is arguably behind most of the aforementioned browsers, it does have a nice tabbing overview function accessible by hitting CTRL-APPLE. This throws up all open tabs in one screen view. There's also some respectable phishing and malware protection -- and, according to the browser's home page it is a, "GUI-based browser based on Mozilla's Gecko layout engine and specifically designed for the Mac OS X operating system."

It's hard to see a really strong reason for wanting this browser on your Mac, perhaps if want to be seen as an open source Mac purist?


It is all I use, easy to see, uncomplicated compared to some, and the only one that allows you to put tab markers in the toolbar to click on to close and open new tabs. It is also quick. ron

I have copies of all the 'major' browsers on my MacBook Pro, each of which I use for specific functions.

As an academic physician, however, I consistently find Camino my favorite day-in-day-out browser because it is so bloody fast, efficient and crash-proof.

Mozilla makes many fine products, but Camino is my favorite because it does everything I want it to, nothing I don't want it do, and all without fanfare. Bravo!

Well, if one is an open source "purist", as you put it, that person wouldn't be using Mac OS in the first place, since it is far from open source. That person would be using either some distro of GNU/Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu, Slackware, etc.) or perhaps OpenBSD.

And since Firefox is--like all other code from Mozilla--itself open source, those using Firefox are already using an open-source browser. That's why Camino can exist at all; it's based on Mozilla's code.

I replaced Firefox with Camino on my Mac after finding that Firefox would use excessive system resources and often hang up my machine. I don't find these problems with Camino

It's an oxymoron,"open source Mac purist"
Apple has a good OS, it's much better than windows.
But open source purists, generally run Linux.
Any flavor of Linux, is far superior to Mac or windows.

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