Camino 2008 in Review

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time once again for my annual look back on what we’ve done as the Camino Project.

  1. We followed up on 2007’s Camino 1.5 with Camino 1.6 in April, providing our users with a significant upgrade based on the stable MOZILLA_1_8_BRANCH, with features like the scrolling tab bar, automatic software updates, and improved AppleScript support. We’ve continued to release security and stability updates on an almost-monthly basis since then, and the Multilingual version of Camino 1.6.x currently ships with 14 languages.
  2. As Gecko 1.9 began to stabilize for Mac embedders, we released two milestones, Alpha 1 and Beta 1, on the road to Camino 2. We continue to knock out some of our most requested features and hope to deliver a solid 2.0 release in early 2009. Sean Murphy, Stuart Morgan, and Jeff Dlouhy all have contributed major features so far.
  3. We had the second of what now can be characterized as “annual” contributor meetings, again following WWDC in June. In addition to the gang in San Francisco, Desmond Elliott and I joined in remotely (alleviating fears from some that I did not, in fact, exist ;) ).
  4. As with every year, people come and go. While a number of older contributors have had to cut back their time spent on Camino, we were delighted to welcome new contributors this summer and fall.
    • Christopher Henderson and Ilya Sherman joined the team in 2008; both jumped in and made an immediate impact. Christopher arrived with a full content zoom patch and soon became adept at all-purpose extermination, and Ilya jumped in to our unloved download window code, breathing some life into the old Growl patch along the way.
    • In addition, Bryan Atwood returned with the Flashblock whitelist, and Philippe Wittenbergh, who has provided graphics, design, and CSS-wrangling for some time time now, stepped in to fill more of the shoes left by Jon Hicks (who was snapped up by some other browser developer).
    • We were delighted to add Catalan to the languages shipping in the Multilingual version of Camino 1.6.x, and as the year came to a close we heard from teams looking to add Galician and Turkish localizations in future releases.
  5. It was not a good year for tinderboxen, alas.
    • Both the long-serving binus and the hard-working maya (which had served as the first Universal tinderbox in the Mozilla world), finally succumbed to boot failure.
    • maya’s replacement, a 1.24 GHz G4 Mac mini, also succumbed to tinderbox disease late in the year, after stints serving as the primary tinderbox for both Sunbird and Camino while our respective Xserves were down for about two months for unexplained failures. (Did I mention it was a bad year for tinderboxen?)
    • Thankfully, binus’s replacement, cb-minibinus01 has been a model citizen. As a result of all the excitement, Samuel Sidler and I learned more about tinderbox-wrangling than we ever wanted to know! (Please join me in knocking on wood in the hopes not to curse us with more tinderbox disasters in 2009.)
  6. Our localization teams successfully transitioned from AppleGlot+ADViewer to iLocalize this year, in the final run-up to Camino 1.6. After a couple of years with unreliable AppleGlot versions and annoying Intel strings bugs, the iLocalize solution was a welcome breath of fresh air. These hard-working people bring you Camino in more than a dozen languages, complete with localized release notes for each release. If Camino is not currently available in your language, drop by the caminol10n project website, join the mailing list, and learn how you can help!

I think that covers most of the major events of this year—and I managed not to be so long-winded this time around! 2008 has been another good year for the Camino Project. Camino 2.0 Beta 1 has a number of new features I’m really excited to be using, and 2009 promises to bring more good things to Camino users.

Thanks to everyone in the Camino community—our developers, our testers, our localizers, users, and friends—for a great 2008. Happy New Year and welcome to 2009!


  1. User Grav­atarphilippe said,

    12.31.08 at 8:46 pm

    And a happy new year to you and the whole Camino Team!

    (over here, the year –already a couple of hours old– opened with snow. Nothing changed: Camino keeps on running just fine :-))

  2. User Grav­atarSmokey said,

    01.01.09 at 1:44 am

    Snow! :D

  3. User Grav­atarافكار و احلام » Camino 2009 in Review said,

    12.31.09 at 8:05 pm

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  4. User Grav­atarافكار و احلام » Camino 2010 in Review said,

    01.09.11 at 3:49 am

    […] “fun with tinderboxen” in 2010 was not nearly as traumatic as in past years. Although both of our 10.4 tinderboxen—our original Xserve, cb-xserve01, and our last PowerPC […]

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