Camino 0.8 Released

Wednesday June 23rd, 2004

Mike Pinkerton writes: "Camino version 0.8 was released tonight. In addition to performance, stability, and rendering improvements inherited from Mozilla 1.7, Camino 0.8 adds a Google Search bar in the toolbar; a more-compact download manager; an entirely rewritten bookmark system, capable of importing Safari, IE, and Mozilla bookmarks, with Rendezvous and Address Book integration and multi-level undo support; session history on back/forward buttons; greatly improved cookie management; and many more changes.

"Since the last release of Camino, the following upgrades have been made to the underlying Gecko engine, and are now available in Camino: incremental, type-ahead find in the content area, automatic size-to-fit for image images larger than the viewable content area and numerous performance and web page rendering enhancements, XSLT support, as well as a large number of bug-fixes."

Grab the release from the FTP site and check out the release notes for more information on what's new.

#35 Re: Re: For us sad non-Mac users...

by mikemarco

Friday June 25th, 2004 1:09 PM

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I already run a dual-boot Debian (unstable) and Windows XP system. I've found that Linux in general still isn't a solid choice as a desktop operating system just yet. Granted, this isn't entirely the fault of Linux--I'm sure hardware compatibility would be tons better if manufacturers paid more attention to it (read: took it more seriously). It would also be nice if laptop manufacturers implemented ACPI in some standard way so that power management would work right. Hell, it's spotty even in Windows sometimes. But little things like software installation should be a little less intimidating for end users. I like that I can install software on Windows by just running a setup utility--or just by dragging and dropping a single icon on Macs in some cases. Thankfully I have the apt-get system at my fingertips, which is a huge improvement over the dependency hell of RPM. But it's still not entirely intuitive to the typical end-user. (I'm of the opinion that end users should never have to touch the root account, ever.) I've seen Linux make solid gains in the desktop arena over the past few years. I don't think it's gotten to the point where it's truly a viable competitor in that arena, but I'm keeping the faith.

Apple has gone to great lengths to provide a user-centered experience (this is the intention anyway; I can't say for certain that they succeed 100% of the time), and it shows. For the most part, stuff just works, no need to fiddle with settings all day. And there's a consistency to the Mac user experience that you just can't get running Windows or Linux. (Note how much more often Mac users cry foul if they're handed an application that isn't "Mac-like" enough. Easy examples: Word 6 and earlier versions of Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox.) But if you're a compulsive tweaker like I am, there's always a Terminal application that reminds you that all this eye candy is riding on top of a BSD-dervied Mach kernel. Simplicity, reliability, power, and looks--all in one package that actually doesn't cost much more than a high-quality PC. Unfortunately, I can't rationalize my choice of a PowerBook beyond what I've said here, other than to say that it's one gorgeous piece of hardware. Not too many computers will get you the attention of the opposite sex (or the same sex, however you swing).

Meanwhile, I'm ok with my Dell systems. They do what they're designed to do without too much fuss, and I really can't complain.