8 Best Free Linux Small Footprint Web Browsers
Current desktop machines are equipped with multi-core
processors, gigabytes of system RAM and the ability to run many
programs simultaneously. With the huge range of system resources
available it is not surprising the software bloat phenomenon is
witnessed. This is a process where successive versions of an
application consume more system resources than necessary, or offer an
ever-increasing number of features that the majority of users do not
use or need.
The field of web browsers is dominated by Mozilla Firefox,
Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera. To try to counter
software bloat, the developers of these browsers make use of plug-ins,
extensions or add-ons. This means that the extra functionality offered
by these tools are made available to only those who actually need them.
Nevertheless, these web browsers still have one thing in common; they
do not have a particularly small footprint. Whilst they run fast on a
modern PC, there are many users that are using much more limited
hardware. These low spec machines can be extremely popular.
example, witness the uproar that has been generated by the Raspberry
Pi, a single-board
computer that costs a mere $25 or $35. With its ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz
CPU and 256MB of RAM (some of which is allocated to its GPU), this
single-board computer simply does not have the resources to run a
heavyweight web browser. There is a lot of hardware being regularly
used where a web browser with a small footprint has real benefits.
The purpose of this article is to identify the finest open
source web browsers that have a small footprint. A few
of the web browsers featured here do not fully support web standards,
Some of the web browsers are text mode. But all of the web browsers
have one thing in common; they offer a fast, lighter way to surf the
web on computers with limited system resources.
Now, let's explore the 8 small footprint web browsers at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software
in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Small Footprint Web Browsers
||Web interface tools which adhere to the UNIX philosophy
its own layout and rendering engine entirely
written from scratch
on WebKit and the GTK+ 2 or GTK+ 3 interface
stable, developer-friendly, usable, very fast,
program for browsing the web in text mode
fast and easy to use text mode browser
webkit based web browser using Qt toolkit
Webkit browser following the UNIX philosophy
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Last Updated Monday, June 25 2012 @ 04:47 PM EDT