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Lightweight web browsers for Linux

Operating systems : Linux

Netsurf : Hv3 : Dillo : Links2

Nowadays the real lightweight web browsers are those without JavaScript and Flash support or with a very limited one. Because a web browser even with the lightest interface becomes heavyweight working with the modern internet crammed with scripts and multimedia. These browsers are not numerous and some of them are moving towards getting JavaScript support - i.e. towards dropping out of the "Lightweight web browsers" category.

Lightweight web browsers may be more advanced - with CSS support. Or less - no CSS support or close to that.

Netsurf ( Home page )

Currently the most advanced lightweight web browser for Linux. CSS support is quite solid. Good support of HTML. Feeble support for JavaScript - may be disabled by default. There is a version of Netsurf for *nix systems that can be run without X, using framebuffer of graphic adapter. Created initially for RISC OS and only later ported to Linux. There are also versions for other *nix systems, for AmigaOS, AmigaOS 4, Atari OS, BeOS/Haiku, Mac OS X, MorphOS.

( More about Netsurf features )

Screenshots:

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

netsurf-browser.org

Image : NetSurf - 1

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Image : NetSurf - 2

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netsurf

Image : NetSurf - 3

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

ebay.com

Image : NetSurf - 4

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

compmiscellanea.com/en/web-browsers-for-dos.htm

Image : NetSurf - 5

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

twitter.com

Image : NetSurf - 6

Hv3 ( Home page )

Less advanced lightweight web browser for Linux, but still having considerable CSS support. Weak JavaScript / ECMAScript support. Quite good HTML support. There are versions for Linux and Windows.

( More about Hv3 features )

Screenshots:

Hv3 20070702:

tkhtml.tcl.tk

Image : Hv3 - 1

Hv3 20070702:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Image : Hv3 - 2

Hv3 20070702:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tkhtml

Image : Hv3 - 3

Hv3 20070702:

ebay.com

Image : Hv3 - 4

Hv3 20070702:

web-browsers-for-dos.htm

Image : Hv3 - 5

Hv3 20070702:

twitter.com

Image : Hv3 - 6

Dillo ( Home page )

Partial, improving with newer versions, CSS support. Moderately good HTML support. Fast, faster is only Links2. Various versions of Dillo work in Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and other *nix systems, RISC OS, on some PDAs and SONY PlayStation2. There are ports to DOS and Windows.

( More about Dillo features )

Screenshots:

Dillo 2.2.1:

dillo.org

Image : Dillo - 1

Dillo 2.2.1:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Image : Dillo - 2

Dillo 2.2.1:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dillo

Image : Dillo - 3

Dillo 2.2.1:

ebay.com

Image : Dillo - 4

Dillo 2.2.1:

twitter.com

Image : Dillo - 6

Links2 ( Home page )

Less advanced lightweight web browser for Linux - no CSS support; before the 2.1pre28 version there was weak, sparing JavaScript support. Moderately good HTML support. The fastest among the discussed - possibly the fastest of all web browsers with graphical user interface. It can be run without X, using SVGALib or framebuffer of graphic adapter. There are versions for Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, other *nix systems, OS/2, AtheOS, BeOS, Windows (Cygwin).

( More about Links2 features )

Screenshots:

Links2 2.1pre21:

links.twibright.com

Image : Links2 - 1

Links2 2.1pre21:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Image : Links2 - 2

Links2 2.1pre21:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Links_(web_browser)

Image : Links2 - 3

Links2 2.1pre21:

ebay.com

Image : Links2 - 4

Links2 2.1pre21:

web-browsers-for-dos.htm

Image : Links2 - 5

Links2 2.1pre21:

twitter.com

Image : Links2 - 6

Besides the aforementioned ones, there is one more lightweight web browser - Mosaic-CK. But its Linux version is experimental and requires to have additional software installed, which may prove to be troublesome or impossible in some distributions.