Camino (nee Chimera) is Mozilla's Mac OS X only web browser.
It's Cocoa based (which means it was specifically developed for Mac
OS X, and doesn't run on earlier Mac's). Supposedly Camino is more
polished than Firebird,
but I didn't notice that. Certainly the typical mix of pages I
visited had no issues in either of these.
Camino is also supposed to be faster, but that's hard to see
also. In my testing, there were times where I would like to have
convinced my self that Camino seemed more snappy than Firebird, but
it's really hard to tell. If it is faster, the differences are very
minor and would only show up under unusual conditions.
Camino happily loaded a web site that uses a movie as their
opening page , but doesn't display XML pages as Firebird and
Internet Explorer do. Interestingly, it isn't that it displays them
as text either: it's trying to do something, so it just strips out
the tags and displays what's left as a jumbled mess. With a very
large page like http://www.weblogs.com/changes.xml,
it loaded the data quickly, but was unable to display anything.
Camino displays FTP sites itself, which I like much better than
Safari's way of handing them off to Finder. Plugins are included
for Shockwave Flash, Quicktime and Java: type "about:plugin" (no
spaces) in the Location bar. Camino doesn't have the extension
ability of Firebird, though.
Overall, this is obviously less than Firebird. On the other
hand, the code is supposedly cleaner and less apt to cause
problems. I have to wonder why this exists at all: what's the
point? Mozilla could make platform specific versions for Windows
and Linux, but that hasn't been done. Why make a Mac only browser,
especially when the supposed advantages really don't seem to be all
I'll keep my eye on Camino and Firebird, but my feeling right
now is that Firebird is probably the better choice for Mac
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