Lunascape? Seamonkey? Camino? 3 Web Browsers You Might Not Know Of

We all have heard of Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, and Safari. Maybe even Opera or Flock, but have you ever heard of Lunascape? It’s just one of many little known browsers out there on the web that you can use, and like most of them..its free! Just like the popular browsers, these browsers come loaded with features and with access to hundreds of plug-ins, and can be just as functional, if not more than the popular browsers.

Below is a list of three browsers I found to be great alternatives to IE, FireFox, or Safari.

Camino 2

The Camino 2 web browser is a neat and compact web browser designed for Mac OS X users. It is an open source web browser designed with many features like tab overview and built-in malware protection. Blocking Flash is a lot easier with Camino 2 and the cool tab overview feature lets you see thumbnail pictures of all the sites you have opened in Camino. It also supports AppleScript which helps you automate a lot of your browsing tasks and they also have a good site explaining the browser migration process to make it simpler to switch browsers.

Current Version: Camino 2.0

OS: Mac OS X 10.4 or later


Seamonkey is actually an all-in-one internet applications suite. It has a web browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and web development tools. It definitely has more of an appeal to advanced users and web developers. It also has many of the features that you already be use to like tabbed browsing, but with added features like multiple home pages and an undo tab feature which lets you retrieve accidentally closed windows. It has this cool feature called Chatzilla which is a very easy to use IRC client. For you web developers, it also has a great DOM inspector which lets you take a peek and all the Javascript and CSS styles.

Current Version: Seamonkey 2.0.2

OS: Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

Lunascape 6

Last but not least is Lunascape 6. This one is my favorite out if the three and have actually started using it more often. It is the world’s first triple engine browser. Which basically means who can have the performance, speed, and functionality of IE, FireFox, Chrome and Safari all in one browser. In other words you will see the website no matter what browser the website was intended for…if it was made for IE, Lunascape will use the IE engine…if it’s made for Safari, Lunascape uses the Safari engine, you get the point. Also any add-ons you might have in IE or FireFox are totally compatible with Lunascape. For web developers, Lunascape lets you open the same website in all three rendering engines side-by-side to easily check browser compatibility. This is actually one of the fastest and most versatile browsers I’ve ever used and have actually started using it on a regular basis. I definitely recommend trying it.

Current version: Lunascape 6.0.1

OS: Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

There are still plenty of more browsers out there you can check out that aren’t mentioned here so I encourage you to search out there for new browsers to discover. As you can see there is web browser life outside the ever popular browsers we all know and love. Hell, you might even change and never look at your current browser again.


Google Chrome vs Other Well Developed Browsers

Google Chrome is an Internet browser that was developed and released by Google. The first released version was for Windows and it was a beta one. The beta version was officially released in 43 different languages on 2nd of September 2008. The public release of the browser was on 11.12.2008. After its release the browser gain a lot of popularity and till the beginning of 2009 Chrome became the 4th most used browser all over the world. If we compare Google Chrome with the well known already developed builds of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, Chrome rating is lower than Firefox 3.1 Beta 1, Safari 4, and Opera, but it is higher compared to Internet Explorer. On 04.06.2009 versions of Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux were released.

The primary goal of the Google Chrome’s design was to improve the speed, security, interface, and stability in comparison with the already existing browsers. The Google Browser Chrome was put together from 26 different Google code libraries in combination with other from third parties, for instance Netscape.

Google developed the V8 JavaScript engine. It has features such as precise garbage collection, dynamic code generation, and hidden class transitions. The Google test made on 02.09.2008 revealed that V8 is about 2 times faster in comparison with Internet Explorer 7 & 8, Safari (modified version of WebKit), Opera and Firefox 3.0, but that didn’t last for long since the WebKit team announced ten days later the SquirrelFish Extreme, making Chromium and WebKit even.

The Chrome Google Browser downloads updates of 2 blacklists and they send warnings to the users when they are going to visit a harmful site with harmful software presence. This is available for free for a public use and it is called Google Safe Browsing API. Chrome will allot every tab to fit in its process in order to prevent any malware from installing. In order to decrease the exposure to any attack, the plugins are run in processes which are separated and communicate with the renderer. The plugins have to be specifically modified for this software. Incognito mode is a feature that prevents the Google Browser from storing cookies and any other history information from the visited websites. It is referred to as porn mode, such as the private browsing feature in Internet Explorer 8, Apple’s Safari , and Mozilla Firefox 3.5.

The Chrome interface includes options like refresh, bookmark, back, forward, cancel and go. The turn on of the home button is through options which will take every user to a custom home page or a new tab page. This Google Browser’s options are close to those of Safari, while the setting locations are as in Internet Explorer 7, and the idea of windows decorations design has been taken from Windows Vista. Google Chrome includes Gears and it replaces the home page of the displayed browser with a New Tab Page when it is created a new tab. That will show the thumbnails with the most searched sites, recently closed tabs, recent bookmarks, and the nine most visited sites.