Mozilla Firefox may becoming the most popular browser in Linux world but these are also some competitors such as Opera, Konqueror, Google Chrome, Epiphany and others. The above browser has similar function and quite nice to be used on a standard PC. Unfortunately, as a modern and complex  application, all listed browser need  a fast, modern computer with standard modern hardware, such as minimum 256 MB of RAM. If you trying to run one of these on the older hardware, the result may vary but most of them will running slow, even on 256 MB of RAM. Google Chrome may run faster than Mozilla Firefox but overall working with modern browser on an older PC  is very inconvenient.

The older hardware usually used for a few application or dedicated for one or two service which do not need much resources. Browser may be needed for managing web administration. Supporting all the Web standards may not required, rendering most pages correctly, much faster and require less system resources are the most important key points. Such programs usually don’t serve CSS, JavaScript, or more complicated HTML elements.

Actually, older hardware  isn’t the only factor to use lightweight browsers. People may choose to use lightweight browser even on modern hardware, only to get high performance and faster browser experience. GUI or text mode environment, operating system configuration and personal preferences are others factor why lightweight browsers has a unique position in modern computing.

Below are some lightweight Linux browsers for Linux you should consider for fast browsing experience :

1. Midori

Midori (緑, Japanese for green) is a web browser that aims to be lightweight and fast. It uses the WebKit rendering engine and the GTK+ 2 interface.


  • Full integration with GTK+ 2
  • Fast rendering with WebKit
  • Tabs, windows and session management
  • Flexibly configurable Web Search.
  • User scripts and user styles support.
  • Straightforward bookmark management.
  • Customizable and extensible interface.
  • Extensions such as Adblock, form history, mouse gestures or cookie management.

Installing Midori on openSUSE should be easy with One-Click-Install feature on openSUSE Build Service link.

6 Thoughts on “7 Lightweight Linux Browsers You may want to Consider for Fast Browsing Experience

  1. Thanks for this useful information Kang Vavai

  2. jadi nambah info tentang browser mas, keren…nyoba ah…tengkyu mas vavai

  3. bittin on January 18, 2010 at 14:56 said:

    iam using Midori / Conkeror or Opera as Browser on my computers :)

  4. Yeah Sure on January 19, 2010 at 05:12 said:

    The Konqueror browser is included by default in any KDE installation.

    One thing that’s critically important is CSS2 and W3C standards support as of, say, 2005. Proprietorial ‘standards’ are too complicated and difficult to implement unless implemented via an tag.

    A full-bore emacs installation may include a text-only browser very like lynx.

  5. Pernah coba Midori dan links/elinks di Ubuntu 9.10

    Midori ringan sih, tapi sering crash terjadwal 😀 links/elinks ada di Blankon yang sedang dipakai, tapi tentu ndak bisa dipakai untuk Fesbuk-an (actually, Facebook said that links/elinks is to cool for them 😀 )

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