Why I switched to Safari (again)
Thu Mar 22, 2007 · 640 words

I've been a big fan of Camino. Ever since it was called Chimera. Whenever a new Mac OS would come out, that I didn't have the hardware for, I could still use a modern, native Mac browser thanks to them. These guys have done a tremendous job bridging the Gecko rendering engine with a OS X Look&Feel that in many ways feels more “Mac” than Apple's own browser. I originally switched to Camino because:

I liked Camino because it eliminated most of my biggest problems with Safari, but now I'm forced to switch back because:

> time open -a Camino
real    0m0.504s
user    0m0.080s
sys     0m0.073s

> time open -a Safari
real    0m0.272s
user    0m0.079s
sys     0m0.051s

In general, I'm not quite sure what to think of Camino anymore. Firefox is getting more and more Mac-like (to some extent) so maybe it would make sense for the two projects to just merge? That Camino would just be the Mac port of Firefox? Camino will run on anything starting with Jaguar which might be (?) a reason it's still so rough around the edges. It is my understanding that backwards compatibility often comes at a high price on OS X (although maybe not so much in Camino's case since it probably doesn't depend on OS services that much).

In any case, I replaced Camino with Safari in my Dock today. Bookmarks would've been trivial but let's be honest - who uses them anymore? del.icio.us, maybe. The biggest nag will actually be all the cookies that have already been set in Camino and the keychain items…

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