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Should I use Camino, Firefox/Thunderbird, or Seamonkey?

Asked by akeil (52points) September 3rd, 2007

I run Mac OSX.4 on an iBook. I need a stable browser/email client. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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jrpowell's avatar

I use a Mac and use Firefox.. It is slow and has tons of problems. I would use something else if I didn’t depend so heavily on the extensions I have grown to love from my days of using Windows. I have a few I can’t live without. So I am stuck with Firefox.

That said:
1. Safari—fast, small, and stable
2. Camino—I just think it is a great browser.. I would use it if Firefox extensions worked with it.

As for e-mail.. I use gmail so I can’t comment on that.

mirza's avatar

If you dont need any extensions with a browser and just need a basic good browser, then i would go for Camino. However if you need to block ads, play songs on your browser, firefox is the way to go. I second john powell about using gmail as an email client

sndfreQ's avatar

safari 3.0 beta-why not?!

segdeha's avatar

Safari 3 beta is wicked fast and quite stable. If you’re not a web developer, I’d go with that.

I am a web developer, so I keep Safari, Camino, and Firefox open all the time with different stuff loaded up: Camino for general web browsing, Safari for RSS feed reading, and Firefox for whatever I’m working on.

gailcalled's avatar

OK, I use Safari 2.0.4, happily for personal stuff. What does Safari 3 beta mean, anyway? I use this site for my private tutorials, which everyone seems nice and patient enough to provide. (Send bill to Ben and Andrew. They started the whole thing.)

segdeha's avatar

@gailcalled, Safari 3 beta is the latest version of Safari that hasn’t yet made it to the point of being bundled with new Macs. Beta software basically means it doesn’t have all the bugs worked out, but I’ve been using this beta since it came out and have experienced very few problems.

gailcalled's avatar

Thank you,segdeha. As always, this is much cheaper than taking a class. And why beta, rather than alpha for the latest version? Do we eventually see gamma, delta,et.?

segdeha's avatar

The software release lifecycle usually consists of pre-alpha, alpha, beta, release candidate, and released versions. Beta software is generally feature-complete, but has not been tested thoroughly. It’s good for we who like to feel like we’re on the cutting edge so we can get the software and start using it, knowing there could be bugs. It’s not generally in a company’s best interest to release alpha software because people who don’t understand how software is built (which is most people) might get the wrong idea of the quality of the company’s software in general.

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