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SadPenguin 12-13-2004 04:58 AM

Lightweight browser for low-memory PC
I'm using Libranet 2.8.1 on a low-memory (32MB) PC. By and large things work OK, but I've been having trouble finding an appropriate browser.

I installed Firefox yesterday afternoon but when I've tried to use it, it has been achingly slow (eg it took six minutes to load Gmail - most of which was spent with my hard-drive grinding away, rather than actually downloading content), worse than the earlier version of Mozilla I was using previously.

Upgrading the RAM is not really an option since I'm due to replace this machine in two or three months, so if anyone can suggest an ultra-low-weight browser then that'd be great.

The distro came with several web browsers - Mozilla, Galeon, Opera, Dillo and one or two others whose names I can't recall. Any ideas as to which of these is likely to be best?

I've also just downloaded the w3 browser plug-in for Emacs, having already become quite a fan of Emacs. Has anyone any experience of using this?



Mega Man X 12-13-2004 05:43 AM

I think dillo is your best bet in this case. It renders very few pages correctly, but it's still acceptable, I guess. I personally like Dillo a lot. You might want to try some command line browsers too as Lynx or Links (Links actually can render graphics too if I'm not mistaken).

kamstrup 12-13-2004 06:19 AM

Links can render graphics through svgalib (just start it like 'links -g <url>').

I've tried it a few times but it doesn't look really good, but I think that was because I have a graphics card which adheres to no know standards :)

EDIT: This only works if you are _not_ running X. Ie. only straight from bash :)

I'd go for dillo.

SadPenguin 12-13-2004 07:17 AM

Thanks - will install Dillo tonight and give it a whirl.

I should add (having seen this point raised on another "low-weight browser" thread that I'd previously missed and which mentioned Konqueror as another possibility) that I am using IceWM - don't have Gnome or KDE desktops installed, to avoid overloading my PC. Am I right in thinking that Konqueror is KDE-dependent?

monohouse 12-13-2004 08:42 AM

konqueror ? yeah you bet, IceWM is a good idea, you might try fluxbox as well.....

as for Dillo, yeh it's the best, but keep in mind that it does not support cookies and some other sheets............:(
otherwise I would use that as well, I am using mozilla with fluxbox, but I would much rather use something like Dillo
but cookies and flash plugin and all these stuff are difficult to ignore..........

but im sure if the above were implemented in any light-browser I would take it, but I really doubt there is any.......
so if anyone actually knows a light-browser which has cookies, flash plugin, languages and some other important stuff
please say, thanks !

hemmelig 12-13-2004 09:42 AM

I would recommend gLinks-H. Don't know where you can download it, but that problem can easily be solved with a google-search.

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