Monday, December 15, 2008

Camino 2.0 Alpha 1

Camino, the fastest web browser on the planet (yeah you heard me Safari), an open sourced project based on the Mozilla Gecko Rendering engine. Version 2.0 has been in development for a while and the first alpha has been available since the 21st October. New Features include:

Tab Overview: When you have more than one tab open, the tab overview option spreads them out onto a light table with a screenshot and the page title, allowing you to review and select which one you want. Expose for tabs :)

Recently Closed: Just like Firefox, when you close a tab it appears in the 'recently closed' menu under History though clicking an item opens it in the currently active tab instead of a new one. This should be an option.

Keyboard Support: The keyboard support has been rewritten to squash any previous bugs and provide keyboard access to the find bar, tab bar and pop-up blocker.

Gecko 1.9: Camino 2.0 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Rendering Engine which uses a new graphics architecture based on Quartz which results in better performance, compatibility and flash support. I didn't think it was possible but 2.0 is actually quicker than 1.x, a trend which is reversed in Firefox.

As with any Alpha it has it's problems and it's almost guaranteed to crashed. Camino is a unique browser with some nifty features (Page ad-blocking), please test and submit any bugs that you find. If you have any feature request be sure to contact them. If you feel you can help out with with development head here.

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