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Here Are 8 Good Lightweight Browsers For Linux

Paul Balo

While computers are growing faster day by day, there might be some of you who still love their old-fashioned low on hardware yet full of memories and richness computer systems. If you’re looking to hold on to these beauties and use them for normal functions such as browsing the internet, you must know there are some lightweight browsers out there that offer the best of both worlds: they can run on old systems as well as offer good functionality.


Abaco is a web browser for the Plan 9 operating system. It is a graphical web browser with support for inline images, tables and frames. It has a true multiple document interface inspired by acme’s interface. It is a multi-threaded and modest-sized program.


Chromium is the open-source web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. The browsers share the majority of code and features, though there are some minor differences in features and they have different licensing. One of the major aims of the project is for Chrome to be a tabbed window manager, or shell for the web, as opposed to it being a traditional browser application.


Arora is a lightweight, cross-platform, free and open-source web browser. The browser’s features include tabbed browsing, bookmarks, browsing history, smart location bar, OpenSearch, session management, privacy mode, a download manager, WebInspector, and AdBlock.


Html Viewer 3 (hv3) is a powerful yet minimalist web browser that uses Tkhtml3 as a rendering engine and SEE (Simple ECMAScript Engine) to interpret scripts. The application itself is written in Tcl.


Midori is a lightweight and fast web browser. It uses the WebKit rendering engine and the GTK+ 2 or GTK+ 3 interface. Midori is part of the Xfce desktop environment’s Goodies component. It is the default browser in elementary OS, the SliTaz Linux distribution and the Bodhi Linux distribution as well as Trisquel Mini, and SystemRescueCD.


Conkeror is a Mozilla-based web browser designed to be navigated primarily by a computer keyboard. Its design is mainly patterned after the text editor GNU Emacs, with some influence from other programs, including vi.


Kazehakase is a web browser for Unix-like operating systems that uses the GTK+ libraries. Kazehakase embeds the Gecko layout engine as well as GTK+ WebKit.


Dillo is a minimalistic web browser particularly intended for older or slower computers and embedded systems. It supports only plain HTML/XHTML (with CSS rendering) and images over HTTP; scripting is ignored entirely. Dillo is available for Linux, BSD, Solaris, DOS, and OS X.

source: Saurabh Singh/EFYTIMES News Network

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