Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Camino. The OS X browser, which was introduced in a bygone era of OS X’s existence, faring back 10 years ago, has been officially shut down. Stuart Morgan, the lead project manager behind the browser has posted the following comment today on the official Camino blog:
“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.”
Now, if you’re wondering why Apple was developing 2 proprietary browsers, Safari and Camino, there are a few interesting points to be made. Camino was intended towards creating a user experience that should have been more in tune with those used to the OS X users. That meant simplicity, elegance in usage and an intentional lack of features other than those used most regularly.
On the other hand Safari was always intended as a fully fledged browser, with a more conservative approach in how it managed its options and also, more quick to receive updates and modifications.
It thus comes as no surprise that users who were looking for a flexible browser came to find Camino less friendly and usable. This in turn meant that the team developing it was reduced to its barebones, and relatively soon enough the browser no longer could keep up with the fast changing web experience and with user demands.
Camino, which was first started in 2002, was quite strong in terms of its internal build and structure. It used the then modern Objective C language and worked on the famed Cocoa API.
At the time the browser was used singularly by Mac computers and was considered a good contender for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In many ways it was a faster and much better application than IE at the time, mainly because it could render faster and more reliably. The Mozilla Gecko rendering engine was used and thus it managed to outperform most other browsers.
What killed Camino for good was the introduction of WebKit browsers. There simply was no way for this browser’s internal build to resist in this fast changing environment. To keep up with technology wise, Apple invested its resources in Safari, which was developed to work with WebKit directly and without issues and so, the dedicated Camino users became fewer and fewer.
Today it makes no sense for any one company to invest in a multitude of browsers. With a host of fast and secure browsers already available – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Camino simply made no sense. Apple will continue to develop and maintain Safari and of course, the freedom to choose to use the other browsers will still be maintained.
So, if you used Camino and actually enjoyed it you might still keep it on your machine for a while, but don’t postpone changing it. The browser is fast becoming obsolete and furthermore no longer safe to use.