A web browser is the quintessential desktop application. Everyone needs one, and there is not a desktop Linux distribution around that does not make a web browser available.
This type of software application is responsible for retrieving and presenting information held on the World Wide Web, a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the internet. Web browsers allow users to view web pages which often contain a mixture of text, images, videos, and other multimedia.
The vast majority of Linux users would never be satisfied without access to a graphical user interface.
However, even in 2023 there remain many reasons why console based applications can be extremely desirable.
Although console applications are very useful for updating, configuring, and repairing a system, their benefits are not only confined to system administration. Console based applications are light on system resources (very useful on low spec machines), can be faster and more efficient than their graphical counterparts, they do not stop working when X/Wayland needs to be restarted, and they are great for scripting purposes.
Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. They are all free and open source software.
|Console Web Browsers
|Emacs Web Wowser. It's integrated into Emacs, the famous text editor
|Legendary web browser that's still maintained
|Advanced and well-established feature-rich browser. Extend with Lua or Guile
|Browser and terminal pager
|Text and graphic web browser with pull-down menu system
Browsh is worthy of a mention. It’s technically not a web browser as it uses a headless version of Mozilla Firefox to fetch and parse web pages.
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