Camino vs. Firefox: What's the difference?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jason2811, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    I have been wondering what is the difference between Firefox and Camino. I know that they are both made by Mozilla but what is the difference between them? Which is better? Why would Mozilla make two different browsers? Thanks.
  2. Monkaaay macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    Camino is a Mac OS X only browser developed by Mac OS X developers on Mac OS X. Obviously Firefox has a larger audience. Camino is a bare bones browser not meant to be a full featured as Firefox. If you want extensions and themes, stick with Firefox.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Camino is a Gecko-based browser in a full-fledged MacOS X application. FireFox is a Gecko-based browser running as an XUL-based app. To most Mac users, the most notable difference is that FireFox accepts extensions, but Camino does not.

    I have no idea what Monkaaay means by full-featured browser. The traditional meaning of the phrase referred to such browsers as iCab, Internet Explorer, Mosaic, Netscape Communicator, Netscape/Mozilla/Seamonkey, Opera, etc. The whole point of Firefox is that it is just a browser with non-Web functions functions removed. The one thing that FireFox has that no browser had before is extensions support. Camino follows much the same phiolosophy, albeit without extensions support.
  4. lOUDsCREAMEr macrumors regular


    Mar 30, 2006
    Safari desert
    Camino is mac only [no Windows, Linux versions + yada yada], more native [those super techie thingies that idk], cannot change the "skin" by default or add/remove extensions as you wish, has safari-like aquafied control buttons [vs Firefox's Linux/Windows-like control buttons], is a bit faster than Firefox.

    thats what i know.
  5. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    ive been doing some reading and such. i was back and forth between the two. i ended up going with camino, and i like it so far. maybe one day i'll decide to download firefox too and give it a shot. for now i like camino alot.
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Camino came first. In some ways, Firefox can be considered a cross-platform version of Camino. As such, it has a larger audience and therefore has extensions etc. that Camino lacks.
  7. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    jason2811. The main difference is that Camino use Mac OS native Cocoa API's, while Firefox use a cross-platform XUL user interface. With the pro's and con's that follow each of them.
    Hence Camino is Mac OS X only, while Firefox is available for most operating systems. Like Mac OS X, MS Windows, GNU/Linux, *BSD, etc...

    Firefox is developed by the Mozilla Corporation, while Camino is not.
    Camino is a community developed project, with no paid developers. Just like SeaMonkey..

    Camino (Chimera) was released 6 months before Firefox (February 2002 vs. September 2002). So you better ask the Mozilla Corporation why they decided to develop a new Mac OS X browser when Camino already existed. ;)

    Some reading:
  8. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    I'm a recent switcher. I love Firefox, but I want to give Camino and Safari a try. One thing I really like about Firefox is the ability to have all of my bookmarks in a bar on the left side of my browser window. I can't seem to figure out how to do this in either Camino or Safari... is it possible? Thanks.

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