Three Browsers in One: Lunascape
I like to think I’m pretty smart about web browsers, sporting four on my mobile phone and six on my desktop computer in regular day-to-day use. Heck, I even started the evolt.org browser archive back in 1999 with 80 unique browsers at the time (which I am pimping to the W3C Web History Community Group).
But then this tweet came through my timeline:
Turns out there is a three-engine WebKit/Gecko/Trident browser en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunascape Uh.— Sylvain Galineau (@sgalineau) May 24, 2012
How did I miss this?
So I went to the Lunascape Wikipedia article, and then to the Lunascape English site and promptly downloaded it.
It’s too early for me to review it, but I did run a quick check to see how it reports itself in the user agent string as compared to the browsers whose core rendering engines it is using. My results…
Internet Explorer version 9 reports itself as:
Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)
Lunascape, when using the Trident rendering engine, reports itself as:
Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; BRI/2; InfoPath.3; Lunascape 126.96.36.19946)
Firefox 12 reports itself as:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:12.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/12.0
When using the Gecko rendering engine, Lunascape reports itself as:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20120410 Firefox/3.6.28 Lunascape/184.108.40.20646
Chrome 19 reports itself as:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/536.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/19.0.1084.46 Safari/536.5
Safari 5.1.2 for Windows reports itself as:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/534.52.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1.2 Safari/534.52.7
Under the Webkit engine, Lunascape reports itself as:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Lunascape/220.127.116.1146 Safari/535.3
It looks like Lunascape doesn’t share the rendering engines for Gecko and Webkit with the browsers in which we’ve come to associate them.
Beyond that, I have no conclusions. I was just looking at the UA string and figured others might find it interesting and/or useful.
Not much impressive as it has outdated versions of rendering engines.
I love Maxthon, which now comes with Trident & WebKit, and almost updated versions.
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