Linux Internet Browsers


With so many internet browsers on the market today it can be hard to know which one is the best to use. In this guide we shall look at some of the best internet browsers for Linux users.

Opera

Opera

Opera is an increasingly popular internet browser for Linux. It boasts a user friendly interface, a great range of features and is one of the fastest browsers available.

Opera has received great feedback from Linux users around the world, however its market share percentage is very small.

There are many fantastic features of Opera including tabbed browsing, mouse gestures, page zooming as well as an integrated download manager. There are also several safety features built into the browser including phishing and malware protection, strong encryption when browsing secure websites as well as the ability to delete cookies and private data at the touch of a button.

Opera is a free download for personal computer use and mobile phones. However there are charges for other uses.

Mozilla

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is the most popular Linux web browser in the world and many of the other popular browsers are based on the Firefox model.

Mozilla Firefox has numerous versions some of which are better for Linux users than others and all have a variety of different functions. Some of the features of Mozilla Firefox include: tabbed browsing, spell checker, live bookmarking, a download manager, integrated search system and a wide range of add-ons that can be downloaded from third party developers.

Mozilla Firefox is a free download off of their website and it is constantly being updated to keep ahead of the competition.

The only notable disadvantage to Firefox is that it is comparably slow at starting up.

Kazehakase

Kazehakase

Kazehakase is a popular internet browser for Linux users and has been designed for Unix-like operating systems. The browser uses the Mozilla Gecko layout engine but has many extra features that make it ideal for use with Linux operating systems.

Some of the best features include: support for RSS as well as its Japanese variants; drag and drop of browser tabs; mouse gestures; full text search in browser history; and the ability to import bookmarks from other browsers such as Firefox, Netscape and Konquerer.

It is a free program that can be downloaded from their website.

Konquerer

Konquerer

Konquerer is a well-respected internet browser for those in the know in the Linux community. It combines a web browser, file manager and file viewer all in one program. It has been developed by volunteers and is free to download.

One of best features of the browser is its outstanding file manager. It was first developed as a file manager but then quickly evolved into a great internet browser. Some of its advantages are that it is very versatile, fast and reliable.

Whilst it may not compare to browsers like Firefox in terms of the actual browser, the great file manager makes it worth giving a go.

Epiphany

Epiphany

Epiphany is a largely unknown internet browser for Linux users however it is fully-integrated and very powerful. It boasts a very simple interface making it very easy to use. Like several other Linux-compatible browsers it is based around the Mozilla Gecko layout. However instead of the Mozilla interface it uses a GNOME integrated front-end.

The majority of users of Epiphany are non-technical which is who the browser was designed for. There are no fancy features that most people will never need to or want to use. It is a light browser that uses minimal memory and processor requirements.

Some of the main features of Epiphany include: cookie management; tabbed browsing; smart bookmarks organized by topic; plugins; a range of extensions including: certificate viewer, dashboard, mouse gestures, tab groups, side bar and more. The browser is also available in over 60 different languages.

Lynx

Lynx

Lynx is different from the other Linux web browsers we have looked at in that it has been designed for text-only browsing.

Because of its simplicity it is incredibly fast and easy to use. It is particularly beneficial to those that have low bandwidth internet connections because of the text-only browsing.

The only disadvantage is that not all websites can be viewed using this – particularly those that use Flash or other non-text programs.