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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.
Location: Northeastern Michigan, where Carhartt is a Designer Label
Distribution: Slackware 32- & 64-bit Stable
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.
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 ?
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.
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).