Apr 27 2009
Long before Apple took the Jaguar on Safari, Cyberdog brought the web to Mac. This week we’ll look of the original free web browsers.
The great-grand-daddy of all browsers, this is where the web began ten years ago. Believe it or not, Mosaic is still downloadable and functional, more or less.
As the story goes, Mosaic’s creators go commercial and create Netscape. Before abandoning the original code in favor of the new Gecko rendering engine in version 6, communicator matured to the still loved version 4.8.
My personal favorite and Apple’s first true web browser, Cyberdog integrated mail, news and the web built with customizable OpenDoc technology. Though Apple long ago left Cyberdog for the pound, you can still download it and it maintains a following on the web.
Well, I was about to go looking for an old downloadable version of IE, but I realized that it hasn’t changed all that much, so you can fire up 5.1 and have about the same experience as with the classic version.
The faces have changed, but the game is the same. With Safari, Camino and Internet Explorer vying for control of the web, it’s worth revisiting the past to see what progress we’ve made in 10 years.