Web browsers on Linux

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  1. ivar

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    Midori is on the list :p, when I tryed it out it was quite fast compared to FF; however, it crashes far to often to use reliably. Perhaps in the future it will become more usuable because it has potential.

    It's a toss up of speed vs functionality. There are faster webbrowsers out there but if your used to firefox plugins (which slowdown FF) it might not be worth it to you.
     
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    Also odd how his top-rated browser, Galeon, stopped development a couple years ago...
     
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    I actually use Swiftweasel. It's much faster than the default build of Firefox, but it still has all the Firefox features, compatible with all the extensions and so on.
     
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    Thanks Pitabred! I will check it out. I think I might have used it years ago in slackware, but I can't remember. name sounds vaguely familiar...
     
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    It's just an optimized build of Firefox. Normal Firefox has no compiler optimizations or anything, whereas Swiftweasel has all the compiler tweaks enabled that make things run better. I can't wait until they have some 3.1 builds.
     
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    Swiftweasel does seem interesting. Although I've used some optimized Firefox browsers for Windows as well a long time ago, I find that the browser interface loads up a little slower but the web browsing is faster. Not sure if they change more than just the options in "about:config" though.
     
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    I'm waiting on Chrome for linux...I'm on the beta testing list...anyone heard anything new from Google? Flock 2.x is pretty a pretty darned good linux browser.
     
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    You can see if it's compile-level differences by going to "about:buildconfig"

    This is what Swiftweasel looks like:
    Code:
    about:buildconfig
    
    Build platform
    target
    x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
    
    Build tools
    Compiler 	Version 	Compiler flags
    gcc 	gcc version 4.3.3 (GCC) 	-Wall -W -Wno-unused -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align -W -Wno-long-long -pedantic -O3 -march=nocona -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -msse2 -mmmx -mfpmath=sse -fno-strict-aliasing -pthread -pipe
    c++ 	gcc version 4.3.3 (GCC) 	-fno-rtti -fno-exceptions -Wall -Wconversion -Wpointer-arith -Woverloaded-virtual -Wsynth -Wno-ctor-dtor-privacy -Wno-non-virtual-dtor -Wcast-align -Wno-long-long -pedantic -O3 -march=nocona -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -msse2 -mmmx -mfpmath=sse -fno-strict-aliasing -fshort-wchar -pthread -pipe
    
    Configure arguments
    --enable-application=browser --with-pthreads --enable-single-profile --disable-debug '--enable-optimize=-O3 -march=nocona -freorder-blocks -fno-reorder-functions -fno-strict-aliasing -msse2 -mmmx -mfpmath=sse' --disable-tests --disable-mochitest --enable-extensions=default,xml-rpc,gnomevfs,spellcheck --enable-installer --disable-maintainer-mode --disable-system-sqlite --enable-webservices --enable-safe-browsing --disable-crashreporter --disable-profilesharing --enable-update-packaging --enable-crypto --enable-strip --enable-static --disable-shared --enable-system-cairo --disable-libxul --with-system-nspr --with-system-nss --sysconfdir=/etc
    This is the default Firefox config (on Ubuntu)
    Code:
    about:buildconfig
    
    Build platform
    target
    x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
    
    Build tools
    Compiler 	Version 	Compiler flags
    cc 	gcc version 4.2.3 (Ubuntu 4.2.3-2ubuntu7) 	-Wall -W -Wno-unused -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align -W -Wno-long-long -pedantic -g -fno-strict-aliasing -pthread -pipe
    g++ 	gcc version 4.2.3 (Ubuntu 4.2.3-2ubuntu7) 	-fno-rtti -fno-exceptions -Wall -Wconversion -Wpointer-arith -Woverloaded-virtual -Wsynth -Wno-ctor-dtor-privacy -Wno-non-virtual-dtor -Wcast-align -Wno-long-long -pedantic -g -fno-strict-aliasing -fshort-wchar -pthread -pipe -U_FORTIFY_SOURCE
    
    Configure arguments
    --build=x86_64-linux-gnu --prefix=/usr '--includedir=${prefix}/include' '--mandir=${prefix}/share/man' '--infodir=${prefix}/share/info' --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var '--libexecdir=${prefix}/lib/xulrunner-1.9' --disable-maintainer-mode --disable-dependency-tracking --srcdir=. --enable-system-cairo --disable-system-sqlite --with-system-nspr --with-system-nss --enable-application=xulrunner --enable-extensions=xml-rpc,venkman,inspector,irc,gnomevfs,cview,tasks,reporter,python/xpcom --enable-webservices --enable-safe-browsing --with-default-mozilla-five-home=/usr/lib/xulrunner-1.9.0.6 --enable-startup-notification --with-user-appdir=.mozilla --without-system-jpeg --with-system-zlib=/usr --with-system-bz2=/usr --enable-system-hunspell --disable-javaxpcom --disable-crashreporter --disable-elf-dynstr-gc --disable-installer --disable-strip --disable-strip-libs --disable-install-strip --disable-tests --disable-mochitest --disable-updater --enable-optimize --with-distribution-id=com.ubuntu
    Note especially the compiler flags.
     
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    is there a repo that can be added for swiftweasel?
     
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