Alternative Browsers

Popular mainstream browsers are starting to grow in scope (they have become bloated) and sometimes include features that have caused privacy concerns for users. The purpose of this page is to document some possible alternatives and provide resources to help users migrate away from mainstream browsers.

Website: https://www.dillo.org/

A lightweight GUI browser written in C/C++ and FLTK. Has a small feature set similar to text-based browsers such as lynx but supports CSS.

Dooble is…

Available in Devuan.

The news is that QupZilla is to rename to Falkon, which will be included in the next release of KDE.

Dormant?

Website: https://github.com/Librezilla

Links2 is a text-based browser, but also has a graphical mode that supports displaying images and provides more elaborate HTML rendering than its text-only mode.

Limitations:

  • No CSS support
  • No Javascript support
  • Doesn't support pasting with middle mouse button

Website: http://links.twibright.com/about.php

Website: http://www.midori-browser.org

Problem: Uncapable of ftp: URLs.

Website: http://www.netsurf-browser.org

Problem: Uncapable of ftp: URLs.

Website: http://otter-browser.org

“Otter Browser aims to recreate the best aspects of the classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5.”1)

Palemoon is a lightweight fork of Firefox that uses it's own forked rendering engine Goanna.

Freedom

By default DRM protected content support is not included in Palemoon and is not on the roadmap of this project. However, the browser does support Encrypted Media Extensions.

Security

Firejail provides sandboxing support for Palemoon out of the box on Devuan.

The project has a good attitude towards security. See the forum post concerning the meltdown and spectre bugs.

Extensions

Since XUL is no longer being used by Mozilla, there are not many extensions left that are compatible with Palemoon. But some resources have become available to help with this problem.

Palemoon official addons page.
Iceweasel-UXP addons from the Hyperbola project that may work with Palemoon.

A Hyperbola project creation, Iceweasel-UXP is based on the Basilisk browser. It uses the Debian abandoned Iceweasel branding and is concerned with solving freedom related issues.

Website: http://qtweb.net

Website: https://www.slimjet.com

(No Source — No Go! — yeti 2018/02/26 21:05)

  • best used in conjunction with “tabbed”

Website: https://surf.suckless.org/

Can display images in some terminals.

Contains w3mman which a nice manpage browser too!

Website: http://w3m.sourceforge.net/index.en.html