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Old 10-03-2012, 10:28 AM   #1
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Lightweight browser.

Hi all, I am looking for lightweight browser. FF and Seamonkey are beginning to run slow on my old machines and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. When using FF I only use adblock and downloadhelper, so the other would need to support those or something similar.


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Old 10-03-2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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This link might help

I like "Midori" in that list



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Well, there's Konqeror (komes with KDE) that might lighten up the load a little (and there are most likely others). But, for really light weight give lynx a shot -- it's text only and kinda refreshing every now and again.

Hope this helps some.
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Block flash, block ads, block scripts... this will speed up your browsing with any browser.
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If you need those features, then the lightest one is firefox. I've tried lots of browsers and none compare in terms of features and speed. I wanted to switch because of their rapid release schedule, but it seems that they have slowed it down a bit, and things are better. Maybe they'll get back to normal. What exactly is slow ?
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Seriously, if you're browsing forums/blogs mostly, a text based browser is clean and super fast.
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To block ads in any browser, you can run privoxy or use the hosts file from here (clicking on 0 text file at the side will give you a plaintext file). I use Firefox and ABP so I haven't really had a need for privoxy, but I do use a slightly tweaked version of that hosts file and it blocks most ads in any browser without any real side effects. Just place your actual /etc/hosts content near the top of the file (replacing the stuff between the <localhost> and </localhost> tags) and place the file in /etc/hosts. For best results you should update that file once in a while with new versions from the linked site.
Old 10-03-2012, 11:31 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
Block flash, block ads, block scripts... this will speed up your browsing with any browser.
In addition, you can stop 'load images', third party cookies in FF
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I recommend Links in graphics mode.

There's no flash or JavaScript, which is fine for me since I disable them anyway. It doesn't support CSS either, so pages look very plain, but it supports images (just not animated gifs), bookmarks and session cookies.

I don't know about ad blocking, but I think you can block images (at least there's a menu called "Blocked images" -- I haven't tried it).

For the websites that depend on JavaScript, I use Uzbl (WebKit):

surf is also a nice WebKit browser:
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I use Qupzilla as alternative to Firefox in Slackware. It comes with default AdBlock tool which is very usefull and is available on

+1 qupzilla
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This is lightweight !

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If Firefox worked for you til now I would give Opera a chance, it has a smaller footprint, but is also a fully fledged browser.
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Midori is pretty good, but it's still pretty early in development.

A fun browser to play around with is uzbl. It's a very lightweight webkit browser, with keyboard navigation in mind.
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I use Qupzilla as alternative to Firefox in Slackware. It comes with default AdBlock tool which is very usefull and is available on

+1 qupzilla
I have been impressed with Qupzilla in the short time Ive been using it. Not one crash yet(crosses fingers), unlike rekonq and konquer.
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