rebron has written a page comparing the different mozilla.org products, to help users choose between them. In many ways, it confirms the problem I see with marketing Camino. I’ve interspersed the content with the thoughts of a hypothetical user.
Camino is a web browser optimized for Mac OS X with a Cocoa user interface, and powerful Gecko layout engine.
So what on earth’s a Cocoa user interface? Does this mean the theme is brown? And aren’t all mozilla.org products built on Gecko, as the boxout at the top of the page says?
Mac OS X users looking for an alternative to Firefox or Apple’s Safari should consider using Camino.
But why would I want an alternative to Firefox anyway? Does it suck? Or is Camino only for people who have downloaded Firefox and decided they don’t like it?
Key features in Camino include:
- Native Cocoa user interface for seamless integration with Mac OS X
- Bookmark manager integration with Rendezvous and Address Book
- Remembers website passwords with your Keychain
But doesn’t Firefox remember passwords too?
- Tabbed browsing and Pop-up blocker
- Google Search Bar
Firefox has all of these.
So, those who argue the MoFo should promote both, what should this page actually say to explain the differences?
[To be clear: this blog post is not intended to knock Camino. Not being a Mac user, I’ve never tried it, but I hear and do not doubt that it’s an excellent bit of software.]