“Web browsers abound for Mac OS X, but their differences have become harder to discern. Before Safari appeared on the scene in January 2003, several browsers contended with the slow-rendering Microsoft Internet Explorer,” Glenn Fleishman writes for The Seattle Times. “In November 2002, I rounded up several browsers that had their strong points as alternatives to IE; a couple of months later, Apple’s introduction of its free Safari browser pounded the nails into IE’s coffin, and, I would have guessed, pushed competing browsers into the dustbin of history.”
Fleishman writes, “But there’s a lot of room in the browser space because Safari remains idiosyncratic: It’s Apple’s specific idea of what needs to be in a browser and how a browser should work. Apple didn’t throw in the kitchen sink, and occasionally one feels the need to wash up dishes. Four other browsers are worth contemplating, especially as three make their way from beta to release in the next few weeks to months: Camino 0.8b, Mozilla 1.7RC2 (release candidate), OmniWeb 5 (beta 6.1) and Opera 7.5 (release version).”
Fleishman writes, “Mac OS X browsers have matured to the point that you might have no reason to switch from Safari. But if you’re looking for a specific reason to change, you can’t go wrong with any of these four.”
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