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Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:36

Camino 2.0.2 delivers security fixes and more

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Camino, the 'other' Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X has been updated with critical security and stability fixes.

I probably run more browsers than the typical Mac user. Safari and Camino do most of the work, but from time to time I run into a site (or more commonly a device with a web interface) that takes exception to either of those but works with Firefox.

Firefox also has some interesting add-ons that are useful for certain tasks, and I've also started using Chrome on an experimental basis.

The main attraction of Camino is that it works with the Joomla CMS that iTWire uses (there's a nagging incompatibility with Safari when editing articles), and its Mac-native user interface seems more comfortable than Firefox.

Camino also does a better out-of-the-box job of blocking unwanted content than Firefox, if that's important to you.

Since Camino uses Gecko as its HTML engine, any security updates for Firefox usually signal the imminent arrival of a new version of Camino. Yes, that does mean disclosed vulnerabilities are potentially exploitable in Camino for a few days, but you can't have everything.

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Anyway, the latest security fixes in Firefox weren't an exception, and Camino 2.0.2 arrived earlier this week.

It contains the security and stability fixes in Gecko 1.9.0.18, fixes a couple of relatively regressions, and improves Flash and ad blocking.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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