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Old 09-26-2003, 11:45 AM   #1
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Fastest Web Browser?

I installed my copy of SuSE 8.0 (professional) onto a older P3/500mhz w/384m ram last night.

I messed around a little getting everything working, but I have a question....

What is the fastest web browser I can use?

I did a little with konqueror...seemed really slow.
I tried mozilla...seemed even slower and I hate netscape.
I tried Galeon, and it was the fastest.

In general, this machine runs much slow than the P3/450mhz w/256m ram that I currently have running XP. Is that normal?

Can I tweak something go get the Linux machine as fast if not faster than the old winbox?

Thanks for the help yesterday.
Old 09-26-2003, 12:23 PM   #2
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Well I downloaded Mozilla's FireBird browser. I like that better than Mozilla or Konquerer and I even like it better than IE 6. I don't know if you've tried it but you can check it out at Mozilla's site I've been really happy with it and it's seemed faster for me compared with the other browsers.
Old 09-26-2003, 12:26 PM   #3
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"What is the fastest web browser I can use?"

Dillo is really, really fast, but it's not as nice as the kind of browsers you've been using feature-wise.

There are text-only browsers you can use that are even faster, but I'm guessing you weren't looking for something like that.

The version of Mozilla that comes with SuSE 8.0 is very outdated. In fact all the browsers are, but Mozilla is a completely different animal now compared to the pre-1.0 versions. I'd try the updated versions of all the browsers to see if they perform any better.

"In general, this machine runs much slow than the P3/450mhz w/256m ram that I currently have running XP. Is that normal?"

What desktop environment/window manager are you using? Are you using the versions that came with SuSE 8.0 or are you using the up-to-date versions?

SuSE 8.0 is almost a year and a half old, and so are the versions of the applications that comes with it. A lot of things have been improved since then.

Last edited by Greyweather; 09-26-2003 at 12:54 PM.
Old 09-26-2003, 12:39 PM   #4
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I like Opera, it seems to run faster (but not by much) than Mozilla or Konqueror...but again, not by much.

I haven't tried Firebird yet...curious about it tho.
Old 09-26-2003, 12:41 PM   #5
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w3m is a textonly(with pictures) browser, like most text browsers its really fast but not as feature-full as normal browsers.

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Old 09-26-2003, 12:48 PM   #6
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I think so far, for me, Galeon has been the best browser. No popup junk, plugins are easily confiruable and the tab feature is very nice.
Old 09-26-2003, 01:15 PM   #7
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I find Firebird the best. I've tried Opera 7.11 for Linux but I found that its not as fast as firebird, also, not as good as FB. Text aligning, colours, styles - they all work perfectly with FB. I'd say, go for Firebird...
Old 09-26-2003, 01:23 PM   #8
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I'm currently in love with Opera 7.11. I found the Mozilla version that comes with SuSE a little cumbersome (although I think I would probably feel differently had I downloaded a version with full features), and Konqueror was just a royal pain -- it loaded fast, but for some reason I had troubles with pull down menus.

Opera 6 something comes with SuSE 8.2... and you have to go out of your way to install it, I believe. I've used it at school, so I was particularly looking for it.

After IE, they're ALL a breath of fresh air though.

Old 09-26-2003, 01:50 PM   #9
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Thanks for the help

I really appreciate all those suggestions.

I will check those out once I get home!

Thanks again, and I hope you all have a good weekend.
Old 09-26-2003, 03:44 PM   #10
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Remember when the internet was mostly text based? now those were the fast days!
Old 09-26-2003, 05:37 PM   #11
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Dillo is without a doubt the fastest browser out there but as said before it just doesn't work on some sites. Last months issue of Linux Magazine had an article about all the browsers out there. In the end, the people at Linux Magazine found Mozilla Firebird to be the best browser available. I agree.
Old 09-26-2003, 05:52 PM   #12
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I used to use Mozilla Firebird, but then Gnome 2.4 came out, and now I use epiphany. Epiphany doesn't have a lot of the cool features Firebird has, but it's much faster and much more streamlined.

In any case, either should run great on your machine.


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