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by Mike Zazaian September 2, 2006 - 2:04pm, No Comments

There’s obviously a great deal of brand loyalty amongst Mac users, and with it comes a devotion to OSX’s native browser, Safari.

Generally there’s some hesitance about using Firefox on Macs because it’s ported from Windows, and to some degree this is a legitimate concern. Firefox’s loading times tend to lag a bit on Macs, especially on older machines, with everything from booting to displaying text. However, Firefox’s expandability and extensioning systems simply leave Safari in the dust.

Luckily Mozilla has, under the radar, developed Camino, programmed specifically for Mac OSX. Camino uses the same Gecko engine that Firefox and Mozilla are based on, as opposed to Safari, which is based on the open-source browser engine KHTML, the engine on which KDE’s native browser, Konqueror is based.

Both Safari and Konquerer are notorious for rendering problems with newer coding languages, especially CSS and XHTML. These problems vanish with Camino, and while it doesn’t have the same laundry list of extensions that Firefox has, it does have some very useful ones, and maintains the speed and usability of Safari, while bringing all aspects of the browsing experience to the next level. Give the article a look see, OSX users, and give Camino a try. If nothing else, you can re-affirm the home of the little blue compass on your desktop.