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Old 06-30-2003, 04:01 PM   #1
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Linux Web Browsers...??

I've been a long time opera user, but now I'm trying to find an open source equivlent. Unfortunately, I'm not having alot of luck.

I like fast web browsers which don't use too many resources while still looking decent. It's also nice when common things such as css, javascript, frames, etc are supported.

I've tried Konqueror 3.1.0, Mozilla 1.3, Galeon 1.3.3, Dillo 0.7.1, Links 2.1pre8, Firebird 0.6 (milestone release).

[System Resources]

Konqueror                       vsz: 30856        rss: 18928   (not including kdeinit)
Galeon                            vsz: 46940        rss: 26088   (not including gconfd and bonobo-activation)
Mozilla                            vsz: 43552        rss: 24968
Firebird                           vsz: 33852        rss: 19576
Opera                             vsz: 20992        rss: 14600
Links                               vsz: 8432         rss: 2856
Dillo                                vsz: 6572         rss: 3348
(browser caches, cookies, location bar (except Galeon's), etc were cleared. Home page was google. Resources reported by ps -aux)

I was most surprised at Galeon and Firebird. The resources they were using were much higher than I would have expected for "slimmed" down versions of Mozilla.

Links and dillo clearly win in terms of resources and load time as well as initial rendering speed (first visit to a page). On subsequent visits, opera appears to win. Perhaps it utilizes cache better than any other browser (or at least it seems that way) as repeat visits are instantaneous.

However, links and dillo are still lacking in some major areas at this time :-(
Galeon and Mozilla do seem to render the best for me, though. Opera (QT static rpm version) and Firebird (binary version) don't seem to have been compiled with anti-aliasing font support -- guess I need to try compiling them myself?

Any other browsers I should try?
Old 06-30-2003, 04:03 PM   #2
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Sorry, didn't mean to double post. I'm really not sure how the last one ended up being posted....

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