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From my personal testing qupzilla-webengine uses signifanctly less ram then google-chrome. I like it much better
QupZilla 2.0.0 is now available. This is a new major version of QupZilla and also brings great changes. The biggest change is the switch of rendering engine, from old and unmaintained QtWebKit to shiny new QtWebEngine!
QtWebEngine is using Chromium to render web pages which brings much better compatibility with web pages and also great stability (thanks to multi-process architecture).
There are big changes (both architecture and API-wise) between QtWebKit and QtWebEngine, so porting of QupZilla took some time. There are also still features from QtWebKit not available in QtWebEngine, so some QupZilla features may not be available in new release. Those missing features will come back in next releases of QupZilla and QtWebEngine.
QupZilla now depends on latest Qt release (Qt 5.6) to be able to use all QtWebEngine features.
QupZilla is now available in repositories of all major distributions. From now on, I will stop providing Linux builds. This also means that my Ubuntu PPA will not get any new releases. I will still provide Windows builds.
it seems more and more browser developers just use chromium(s engine) as a base.
i wonder what that entails for the whole becoming-a-google-victim topic.
i am right now trying out https://www.brave.com - can't really say anything yet, haven't seen any technical pages (like what engine it uses), and i have difficulty installing it on arch, but it is open source and looks promising enough.
Wikipedia has a page for browser engines, which is more important than the browser IMHO because I want to support open source development. There are fewer OSS browser layout engines than most think. Basically every browser is becoming a victim of Google and Alphabet Inc, since they have development control of Chromium/Blink/WebEngine. From the browser engine page I have searched for a browser which isn't WebEngine/Blink/Chromium or Gecko based. This is what I've found.
Webkit layout engines:
Almost all browsers using WebKit have announced they are moving to WebEngine (Qupzilla/Dooble/Web). GNOME has announced it will be dropping GtkHTML for WebEngine. QT has stated they will be engaging with WebEngine on next generation of QT applications and slowly ending WebKit support. Mozilla Foundation has stated they plan to incorporate WebEngine into Servo (their new layout engine). I expect SeaMonkey and Firefox will sooner than later be using WebEngine within the next 18 months, now that Servo is under very heavy development.
What about other layout engines:
NetSurf, built on Hubbub, is interesting but doesn't play well with many of the sites that I regularly visit.
Dillo is basic HTML and CSS and doesn't work for the many sites that I visit.
Konqueror by KDE, who developed KHTML and later integrated Apple's WebKit fork of KHTML, doesn't yet say if Konqueror will use WebEngine or if more KHTML development will be restarted to address HTML5 and CSS3 developments. Konqueror is still a great browser, but I'm waiting for their decision, which might not ever be stated.
So in the meantime I have moved to Pale Moon with the Goanna engine, which was forked from Gecko. It uses many Mozilla plugins and supports KeePass integration. I works extremely well for my needs. Konqueror is my back-up. Since my Linux flavor is Slackware I do have access to Firefox and SeaMonkey, but they are heavily restricted and the callback functions have been killed with a specialize USER.JS file. Hope this helps anyone looking to stay independent and not engendered to corporate powers.