Thursday, 6 October 2016

Top 3 - Web Browsers for Linux




Brief introduction
Browsing is a value resource in our day-to-day live. Web browsers can have a huge impact on the way we perceive the internet, so, choosing the right one is vital specially, if you are a day-by-day Linux user.
If you’re amazed by the amount of choice available on Linux, don't worry, we’ve selected the best web-browsers for Linux, to help you easily decide the one to install.
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For this Top 3 list, we focus on regular updates, security level, power efficiency and the level of difficulty of installing on a Linux system.


Third Place


Image "Brave Logo" all rights and source of: Brave Software Inc

Intro
Brave was created by Brendan Eich, co-founder of Mozilla and creator of the JavaScript programming language. What sets Brave apart the most, is its integration of privacy and ad-blocking features. Brave ships with a built-in adblocker that is turned on by default (unlike say Mozilla's Tracking Protection feature which is only available when Firefox users open a private browsing session and only after it has been enabled by the user).

Brave is highlighted as a fast browser thanks to these ad-blocking features, and the makers of the browser want to hammer the point home by displaying the page load time of the active website in the address bar.


Pros & Cons
  • Pros 
    • Fast, very fast browsing
    • Built-in adblocking
    • Privacy features
    • Ad-free
    • Open Source
    • Independence from large data-mining vendors
    • Social network integration
    • Fluid design
  • Cons
    • Compatibility issues
    • Heavy use of memory
    • Electron
    • This browser is taking the first steps of is life
    • Under heavy development, you going to find some experimental features


Benchmarks

Brave  0.12.3 - Successful test results on Acid3

HTML5test evaluation on Brave  0.12.3

Google's JavaScript test suite - Evaluation on Brave  0.12.3


Final Notes
If you spent a lot of time browsing in the web, you should switch to the new, free Brave browser. Brave Software aims to stop online ads from invading your privacy and slowing down the Web.
Brave let websites load faster, free users from tolerating distracting pop-ups and more importantly, ad blockers protect you from malware delivered through ad networks.

Is Brave one of of the best browser available? - Yes, but I have to mention that, Brave is a working progress browser.

Brave's want's to replace advertisement on websites with their own, and pay out the revenue earned to publishers, users and the company itself. This, will take away control from the website owners as well the revenue. While you could argue about the model, I like some of the ideas of Brave, and dislike others as a user perspective.


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  • Developed by
    • Brendan Eich
    • Brian R. Bondy
    • Marshall Rose
    • Yan Zhu
    • Garvan Keeley
    • Aubrey Keus
    • Sergey Zhukovsky
    • Brian Johnson
    • Community members
  • Engine
  • Platforms
    • Linux
      • Deb file systems
      • RPM file systems 
    • Mac OS
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iOS
  • License
  • Latest version
    • Preview release
      • v0.12.3 - 3 October 2016
  • Website



Second Place



Image  "Firefox Logo" all rights and source of: Mozilla Foundation

Intro
A lot has changed on Firefox since its launch on 2002. Mozilla has been making a terrific effort to keep up the competition during this last years. The continuous developing, maintenance, performance and a special attention to security are well known to Linux users. These, are the main reasons for Firefox enters on Top 3 browsers for Linux.


Pros & Cons
  • Pros 
    • Solid security
    • Privacy features
    • Ad-free
    • Independence from large data-mining vendors
    • Acess to thousands of addons and themes
    • Reading mode
    • Social network integration
    • Host of developer tools
    • Built-in video
    • Built-in PDF reader
    • Netflix is now supported
    • Attractive design
    • Customizable interface
    • Syncing

  • Cons
    • Compatibility issues
    • Heavy use of memory
    • Other operating systems like, Windows and Mac OS have a better user interface


Benchmarks

Firefox 49.0.1 - Successful test results on Acid3

HTML5test evaluation on Firefox 49.0.1

Google's JavaScript test suite - Evaluation on Firefox 49.0.1


Final Notes
There’s not much new internally on the latest version, but that’s okay; HTML5, etc., it's already all there. Firefox has an enormous add-ons library to covers every conceivable eventuality, and allows you to encrypt sync between devices to keep your data safe.

Is Firefox one of of the best browser available? - Without a doubt!
But, is good enough to stop users leaving to another browser? - Perhaps not!


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First Place


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All rights and source of: Wikimedia Commons


Intro
Chromium is the open-source web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. The browsers share the majority of code and features, though there are some minor differences in features and they have different licensing.


Pros & Cons
  • Pros 
    • The project is privacy driven
    • Open source
    • More stable than Chrome on Linux
    • Don't have the shady data collection features that regular Google Chrome has
    • Gets all the new features that Chrome gets ( sooner or later )
    • Acess to the Chrome Web Store
    • Privacy features
    • Ad-free
    • Independence from large data-mining vendors
    • Reading mode
    • Social network integration
    • Host of developer tools
    • Built-in video
    • Built-in PDF reader
    • Netflix is supported
    • Customizable interface
    • Syncing

  • Cons
    • Updates sometimes can be released with some lag in relation to Chrome releases
    • Heavy use of memory


Benchmarks

Chromium 53.0 - Successful test results on Acid3

HTML5test evaluation on Chromium 53.0

Google's JavaScript test suite - Evaluation on Chromium 53.0


Final Notes
Chromium has been the best browser I have used so far. The project respects my privacy as a user, and I know that they do. Chromium is open-source browser project that supports all Google Chrome extensions and, allow to install any kind of plug-in.

Is Chromium the best browser available? - No doubt!


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