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Arora was a cross-platform web browser built using WebKit and Qt 4. It had a simple light-weight user interface. It was more of a show-case for the Qt framework than a end-user product. It could be used as a regular browser and it did have features like tabs, history, bookmarks and custom user-CSS. It has not been developed or maintained in decades.
- Brave Web BrowserBrave is a Chromium-based free software web browser for GNU/Linux, Windows (32 and 64-bit) and Mac OS. There are also mobile versions for Android and iOS. It's performance is within margin of error of other Chromium-based browsers like Google's Chrome. Other aspects are also the same, it is essentially the Google's Chrome web browser with different branding and some additional features like web advertisement and tracker blocking, a built-in crypto currency wallet and a opt-in rewards system where users can get paid cryptocurrency for viewing advertisements that are built right into the browser. It's overall barely acceptable as a web browser, nothing more. Installation may be a bit tricky since no GNU/Linux distribution includes it in their repositories.
- ChromiumChromium is a BSD licensed web browser developed by Google. It is used as the basis for Google's commercial "Chrome" web browser product. The Linux version of Chromium is very easy to use and the fastest there is when it comes to WebGL performance. It does not come with any web garbage filtering, user script manager or style editor so you would have to install those things yourself.
- Comparison of Web Browsers
Web browsers are the most used software on computers and phones today. Here's a look at the choices you have on Linux desktops and how they compare in terms of features and usability.
- DissenterDissenter is a "Free Speech" web browser made by Gab Ai. It appears to be a fork of an old Brave version which itself was forked off an old Chromium version. It is available for Windows, macOS and there are .deb and .rpm versions for Linux. The Linux version is not very useful since it doesn't even run or produce a web browser window.
- DoobleDooble is a BSD-licensed free software web browser utilizing the Qt toolkit and its webview module for web page rendering. It's github page used to describe it as "A colorful Web browser". It has most of the basics covered in terms of features and it renders web pages perfectly thanks to the maturity of the Qt webview module it uses. It does lack some of the more advanced features web browsers like Chromium and Firefox have. You may or may not miss those if you switch to the somewhat simpler Dooble web browser.
Falkon (previously known as "QupZilla") is a web browser built on the Qt framework. It uses Qt's WebEngine (=chromium) for rendering. It supports themes, python plugins and filtering of unwanted elements. It has a lot of potential. It has some very fundamental usability problems which rules out using it as a daily browser. It could become an alternative to Firefox and Chrome/Chromium. As of now it's just not.
- GNOME Web
"Web", known as Epiphany before the GNOME theme decided to rename everything according to their function, is GNOME's default web browser. It is built on top of the solid rendering toolkit WebKitGTK which secures accurate web page rendering. The browser is seriously lacking in terms of features but it is possible to use it for basic web browsing.
- GNU IceCatGNU IceCat is just Mozilla Firefox's long term release with different graphics, more privacy-respecting default settings and some bundled extensions which are meant to make the browser more respective of the users freedom. The practical result of those extensions is a close to useless browser which isn't suitable for most people. The GNU IceCat package does not change Firefox's source-core. It is a re-brand, not a fork. It can be customized and configured to be a more privacy-respecting Firefox. It's defaults do not provide anything remotely resembling a good user-experience for the vast majority of people.
- Gecko-based browsers
Gecko is the rendering engine used by Mozilla
foundationCorporation's web browser products such as Seamonkey and Firefox. There used to be many other browsers, such as Flock and Galeon, using Gecko has a rendering engine. The vast majority dwindled into irrelevancy and died slow silent deaths. There are a few hanging in there. There's also a few alternative browsers that use Gecko which are nothing more than Firefox with different graphics and different default configurations.
- Google Safe BrowsingGoogle "Safe Browsing" is a online API service which checks web URLs against a blacklist which includes sites and links Google believes are harmful. Google story is that links included in the blacklist are either malware or phishing scam attempts. Most web browsers default to using the Google "safe" browsing list through an online API.
Konqueror is a webbrowser, filemanager and much more which makes up a essential piece of the KDE desktop. It works in any desktop/window manager as long as the kde libraries are installed.
- Light web browsers
Light web browsers
- MidoriMidori is web browser which aims to be fast and lightweight. It is developed by Christian Dywan who happens to be a very nice guy. Midori uses the WebKitGTK rendering engine to render pages and it is solid enough. However, the browser's interface is really buggy and it has a clear "unfinished" feel to it. Version 9.0 can be used to render a web page and, with some work, read it - but casual use of Midori quickly reveals some major flaws which rules out using it as a daily driver. It is, quite frankly, buggy alpha-quality software which provides a horrible user-experience.
- Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox is a web browser from the Mozilla Corporation which used to aim to be a lean mean browsing machine. It's been going down-hill for Firefox since around 2007. Each release since then has become sluggish and less privacy-respecting. Firefox is a decent browser with modern features and it's fine for regular web browsing; it's just slower than the competition and less privacy-respecting than it used to be.
- Mozilla Firefox 2 (Bon Echo)
Mozilla Firefox 2 (Bon Echo) is the latest product from the Mozilla Corporation and was officially released on Tuesday, October 24, 2006.
- NAVER whaleNAVER whale is a Chromium-based web browser from the South Korean Internet giant Naver Corporation. It has many unique features like a toolbox with a calculator, timer, calendar and unit converter and a built-in music player. There are also a lot of not-really builtin features like stock price monitoring and exchange rate conversion which in reality access and use various NAVER web services. Most of those services are only available in Korean language. The web browser itself has English text in most menus and help texts. Some features, like the built-in music player, do not have any English translation. Whaleis overall a fine web browser but the tie-ins with South Korean web services who are only available in Korean language and the lack of translations for some of its features means that it is not the best choice for English-speaking people.
- Netscape Browser
The Netscape Browser was the best browser on the web for quite some time.
Opera used to be a really light, fast and unique web browser with its own rendering engine. The Opera corporation eventually gave up and abandoned their own rendering engine in favor of Chromiums Blink. It is therefore little difference between Chromium and a modern Opera.
- Pale MoonPale Moon is a web browser for Linux and Windows which is based on a Firefox fork in 2009. The interface is very similar to what Firefox had when it forked, it is very much like using a very old Firefox version with a more updated rendering engine. Web pages render fine, the majority of pages work as they should. It is overall a fine browser which is worth a look if you liked the interface Firefox had before they modernized it.
- Privacy Browser
qutebrowser is a minimalistic keyboard-focused web browser written in Python and PyQt5. It uses QtWebEngine for web page rendering.
Seamonkey is a web browser and application suite based on the ancient Netscape Communicator from 1997. That suite was continued as the Mozilla Application Suite which was later renamed to Seamonkey.
- Tor BrowserThe Tor Browser is a web browser bundle distributed by the non-profit Torproject organization which includes a customized version Firefox ESR, some Firefox extensions and a Tor client for accessing the traffic analysis resistant Tor anonymity network. The Tor Browser sends your web traffic through the Tor network so the websites you visit will see a Tor exit nodes IP address instead of your actual IP address.
- Vivaldi Web Browser
Vivaldi is a non-free web browser made by the Norwegians. It markets itself as a privacy-focused web browser. It is based on the Google-controlled Chromium browser but it is, unlike Chromium, not free software; it is freeware with no source code available.