Camino 1.6 Alpha 1 Available for Preview
Sunday December 16th, 2007
Mac OS X users can now download an early preview of the forthcoming Camino 1.6 browser. Major new features in Camino 1.6 Alpha 1 include a scrollable tab bar, improved AppleScript support and a software update feature.
As it's alpha release, Camino 1.6 Alpha 1 may be unstable and unsuitable for day-to-day use (in particular, there are known issues with pages not appearing to load after following links and with version 2.1 of the Flip4Mac Windows Media Components for QuickTime plugin). Many users will probably want to stay with Camino 1.5.4.
Like Camino 1.5, Camino 1.6 Alpha 1 supports Mac OS X 10.3 and higher. It can downloaded from the Camino preview site. More complete details about the changes in the preview can be found in the Camino 1.6 Alpha 1 Release Notes.
The Camino roadmap describes Camino 1.6 as a "smaller follow-up release to Camino 1.5". Both 1.5 and 1.6 are based on Gecko 1.8, which is the same version of the Mozilla rendering engine as the one used in Mozilla Firefox 2.
The next major upgrade of Camino, version 2.0, will be based on Gecko 1.9, making it equivalent to the forthcoming Firefox 3. Like its Firefox cousin, Camino 2.0 will require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, making Camino 1.6 the last release to support Mac OS X 10.3. (The final Camino version for Mac OS X 10.2 was August's Camino 1.0.6; no further Camino 1.0.x releases are planned, though Firefox 2 still supports the platform.)
Camino is a decent browser. I have wrote about it here-