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It's almost hard to remember what the web browser landscape was like on the Mac back in 2002, when Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 dominated and Apple hadn't yet launched Safari, a product which owes a lot to Camino.
Camino announced late last week that the Mac web browser is no longer being developed, bringing an end to an era that stretched more than a decade since its original 0.1 launch on February 13, 2002, as Chimera.
After Apple hired away Firefox co-creator Dave Hyatt to start work on Safari, the Netscape team that created Chimera rechristened their web browser as Camino, a Spanish word meaning "path." The 0.7 release debuted March 3, 2003, a full two months after Cupertino unleashed their first version of Safari.
While it would take another three years to get to version 1.0, the Mac web browser landscape changed dramatically during that time, and over the years the team has had a tough time keeping up with all of the rapid changes.
"Camino is increasingly lagging behind the fast pace of changes on the web, and more importantly it is not receiving security updates, making it increasingly unsafe to use," the blog post noted.
"Fortunately, Mac users have many more browsers to choose from than they did when Camino started 10 years ago," the developers added. "Former Camino developers have helped build the three most popular -- Chrome, Firefox, and Safari -- so while this is the end of Camino itself, the community that helped build it is still making the web better for Mac users."
It's always sad to see a beloved classic take its final bow, but Camino certainly had a good run over the last decade. At least for now, the application remains available for download all the way back to version 0.7, should you want to grab it for posterity.
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