Below is my review of Camino 1.0. Find out more at my podcast The Geekcast, which can be found at www.thegeekcast.com
The geek's view: Camino 1.0
With Firefox blazing a trail in the Windows world, Mozilla has begun to strike at the Mac side of computing. Last week the Mozilla foundation released version 1.0 of Camino. Camino is meant as a replacement for any browser on OSX, which is a welcome option. While Safari is the browser of choice for most mac users, there is a large majority that still use Internet Explorer. As of 1/31/06, Microsoft dropped their support for IE completely. Additionally, Firefox on the mac is dog. It's a simple export of the code that is made to run on OSX. Because of this process, it's not optimized for the mac's environment and it is a large memory hog.
Camino has been out for a short time but it's already making waves for all mac users. Mozilla has taken their approach for Firefox's development and brought that to Camino. It's been built from the ground-up to be quick, fast with page loading, and include full integration with the OSX environment. When you first open Camino, you see instantly that it's quick and nimble. Pages load very quickly. The browser itself loads pretty fast in about the same time as Safari. On many comparisons that I ran with memory usage, speed with multiple tabs, and other page loading, both browsers kept close to their times.
Camino currently only supports themes that can be downloaded from Mozilla's homepage but it the browser lacks the ability to use extensions that have made Firefox so popular. One reason for this may be that these extras that people pile onto the browser make it hefty & it doesn't work so well when it needs to load so much extra code. Camino sports some useful features such as bookmark importing from any browser including Safari, the ability to block advertising images, and the ability to change your default browser to any browser on your system (previously you could only do this in Safari).
Overall, Camino is a good addition to anyone with a mac. If Safari isn't your cup of tea, you should seriously consider using Camino for your browsing needs. Camino is completely free and can be downloaded from http://www.mozilla.org