The reason you’re hearing a lot about Camino all of a sudden is because it really is quite good. I’ve been using it off and on for a few months now, and have just recently taken to leaving Safari unloaded all the time.
Sure, I miss a bunch of stuff from Safari. Hitting Cmd + a number for keyboard access to various items in my bookmark bar was a really nice feature. I was just getting used to viewing PDFs in-browser.
And most importantly, anyone have a Sogudi equivalent for Camino? Weaning myself off of that one is going to be the most difficult . Typing “wiki whatever” for an instant Wikipedia search, or “g whatever” for Google, and being able to custom define these shortcuts, means quick keyboard access to search results without mucking about with multiple page loads. It’s bliss.
Turns out Sogudi-like functionality is built in to Camino. Bliss!
But I don’t miss other stuff. Safari’s method of physically auto-completing a URL always annoyed me, as more often than not I had to then edit out a longer path or query string. And what is up with the beachball lately? Echoing Tim Bray, I’ve experience more than my fair share of slowdowns lately over pages that shouldn’t be slow. The snappiness of Camino is more than enough to make me overlook the rest. I’ve finally got my Powerbook back.
For now, I’m sold. We’ll see what a few months of kicking the tires does.