Camino Browser Finally Calls It Quits

This is the first (and probably the last) I’ve heard of the Camino browser … I wonder if brand recognition was part of the problem?

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari seem to own the web browser market, but that does not mean they are the only choices — Torch, for instance, is up and coming and many smaller businesses continue to claw for market share. Now the browser front has become just a bit smaller as Camino has bowed out.

The browser, which began back in 2001, was an open source project and based on the Gecko engine. However, in place of an XUL-based user interface which is used by most Mozilla-based applications, Camino used the Mac-native Cocoa APIs. This week the organization announced in was shutting down after its long run.

“After a decade-long run, Camino is no longer being developed, and we encourage all users to upgrade to a more modern browser. Camino is increasingly lagging behind the fast pace of changes on the web, and more importantly it is not receiving security updates, making it increasingly unsafe to use”

The Camino browser had reached version 2.1 and was compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or later versions and was available in English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish.

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The company explains that Mac customers now have a greater range of browser choices, such as Chrome and Firefox, in addition to Apple’s own Safari. Many former Camino developers have moved on to these projects now.

With both Chrome and Firefox racing through updates and becoming extremely popular alternatives to the built-in Safari, there was really no room left for Camino. The organization announces that it wishes to thank “all our loyal users, and to everyone who contributed in countless ways over the years to make Camino what it was”.

The browser had a great run and, despite being little known by the average user, it had a core group of fans that stuck with Camino right up until the end. However, it is now time to move on, as with  no future updates, the browser will become a security risk.

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