Best Graphical Web Browsers for Linux

Web Browsers is one of the top most contributor of Computer desktops. As we know, we can’t do any work in system without browser help like, for browsing something, checking mails, net banking access, chatting, etc.., here I’m going to show you modern web browsers which is in active, under development and widely using in Linux Desktops.

1) Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google. It used the Blink layout engine & GTK+ as a UI toolkit. The first stable version released on September 2, 2008 after 4 years of Firefox first release. As per Wikipedia page info, as of December 2015 Google Chrome holding overall 45% of worldwide share/usage such as (Desktop & Smartphone).

2) Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox (known as Firefox) is a free and open-source web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation. It used the Gecko layout engine & XUL as a UI toolkit. The first stable version released on September 23, 2002 and dominated the most innovative & oldest web browser of Microsoft Internet Explorer because of the speed, security and add-ons. As per Wikipedia page info, as of October 2015 Firefox holding overall 16.95% of worldwide share/usage as a Desktop browser. According to Mozilla, as of December 2014 there were half a billion Firefox users around the world.

3) Opera

Opera is a web browser developed by Opera Software which is one of the older web browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer and both are released the same year 1995, 20 years ago. It used the own renderer Presto layout engine upto Opera 12.x Linux version were suspended when Opera moved to Blink Layout engine & Xlib as a UI toolkit based on Google Chrome releases and they resumed Linux support with version of opera 26. The first stable version released on 2005. As per Wikipedia page info, as of 4th quarter 2014 Opera holding 350 million users worldwide desktop usage and mobile users reached 291 million in June 2015.

4) Chromium

Chromium is the open-source web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. Chromium is the name given to the open-source project and the browser source code released and maintained by the Chromium Project. It is possible to download the source code and build it manually on many platforms. To create Chrome from Chromium, Google takes this source code and adds

5) Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a web browser based on Chromium / Blink. Which was developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. The browser is aimed to offer the same feel of opera 12 feature and additional new features with more innovative ones because still 20 million peoples using opera 12 and they didn’t upgraded to latest version due to layout engine change from Presto layout engine to the Blink layout engine, which removed many popular features in the process. The first technical preview released on January 27, 2015. As per the Vivaldi wikipedia page info, as of now more than 2 million times Vivaldi technical previews has been downloaded.

6) Palemoon

Pale Moon is other alternative web browser for Linux box, Firefox-based web browser and compatible with most (but not all) of the available Firefox extensions and plugins Pale Moon was built from its own code, independently developed source with selected features to give better browsing experience to users. Pale Moon is compatible with thousands of Firefox extensions. It used the Gecko layout engine & XUL as a UI toolkit. The first stable version released on October 4, 2009. For future release of Palemoon 26 they are planning to use new web browser engine Goanna which is fork from Gecko.

7) Torproject

Tor Bundle is a free and open source web browser based on Firefox which was designed Especially to Protect your privacy, defend yourself against network surveillance and traffic analysis it’s directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than six thousand relays, Tor makes it more difficult for Internet activity to be traced back to the user. The first stable version released on 20 September 2002.

8) seamonkey

SeaMonkey is alternative web browser for Linux. Its not only a web browser but also an all-in-one internet application suit, such as (Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple—all your Internet needs in one application). Compared to Firefox, the SeaMonkey web browser keeps the far more traditional-looking interface of Netscape. Many Firefox and Thunderbird add-ons can be converted to make them compatible with SeaMonkey. The first stable version released on January 30, 2006.

9) QupZilla

QupZilla is a free and open-source, lightweight web browser based on QtWebKit and built using KDE’s Qt cross-platform application framework technology to support modern web standards. QupZilla is best bit for all modern desktop environment and users, its having all the latest features how other major browser having (like, firefox, chrome, opera, etc..,) such as history, web feeds and bookmarks. The first stable version released on December 2010.

10) Midori

Midori is a lightweight, fast, and free web browser. It aligns well with the Xfce philosophy of making the most out of available resources. It is also the default browser of Manjaro Linux, elementary OS & Bodhi Linux. It used the WebKit layout engine & GTK+ as a UI toolkit. The first stable version released on December 17, 2007.

11) Slimjet

Slimjet formaly known as Slimboat is a ad-free, lightweight, super fast & super power in slim package, and free web browser. It built on top of the Chromium open-source project with same speed and reliablity also added many additional features and options in Slimjet to make it more powerful, intelligent and customizable than Chrome. Slimjet DOES NOT send any usage statistics back to Google’s server like Google Chrome which is ultimate for privacy. Slimjet is compatible with all extensions and plugins designed for Google Chrome available from the Chrome web store.

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