Thursday, April 16, 2009

Web Browsers for Linux

The following is a selection of Linux-based Web browsers. Applications with free versions (indicated as [Free]) are listed before commercial programs. Note: Freeware and GNU Library General Public License often come with restrictions. Users should check copyright and licensing statements from the developers.

Amaya [Free]
Amaya is a Web browser as well as a Web editor, which creates and updates documents directly on the Web. Its browsing, editing and remote access features are seamlessly integrated in a uniform environment. Amaya is W3C's test bed cross-platform editor/browser. Platform: Independent.

Emacs/W3 [Free]
Emacs W3-mode is a full-featured web browser, supporting all the bells and whistles you will find in use on the web today, including frames, tables, style sheets, and much more. Platform: Linux / Unix, Windows, DOS, OS/2, and VMS.

Epiphany [Free]
As its name (meaning "an intuitive grasp of reality through something simple and striking") indicates, Epiphany, though based on the Mozilla rendering engine, aims to utilize a much simpler and less bloated interface. It also has standards compliance and GNOME integration. Platform: Linux / Unix.

Firefox [Free]
The most popular open source web browser. Available for all major operating systems and included in all major Linux distributions. Numerous extensions are available.

Galeon [Free]
Galeon is a GNOME web browser based on gecko (mozilla rendering engine). It's fast, it has a light interface and it is full standards compliant. It requires current Mozilla sources to build. Platform: Linux / Unix.

HotJava (Free for non-commercial use)
The HotJava Browser provides a highly-customizable modular solution for creating and deploying Web-enabled applications across a wide array of environments and devices. Using HotJava on Solaris for SPARC and JavaStation is officially supported by Sun. But you can also download an unsupported version of HotJava of Linux.

Konqueror [Free]
Konqueror is a full-featured Web browser, supporting Java applets, JavaScript, CSS1 and (partially) CSS2, as well as Netscape plugins. It is also the file manager for the K Desktop Environment. It supports basic file management on local Unix filesystems, as well as remote and local network file browsing.

Lynx [Free]
Lynx is a text based web browser. Platform: Linux / Unix.

Mozilla [Free]
Mozilla is an open-source web browser, designed for standards-compliance, performance and portability. Platform: Linux / Unix, MacOS X, Windows.

Netscape Navigator [Free]
The latest version of Netscape is certified and supported on Red Hat Linux. But you can find a version of Netscape for other distributions of Linux, too.

Opera for Linux
For those of you who love Opera as your PC browser, here is an informative Web site with articles and illustrated guides for using Opera on Linux.

Plug-in: Adobe Acrobat Reader [Free]
Adobe Acrobat Reader lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files as well as fill in and submit Adobe PDF forms online. Platform: Linux / Unix, Windows, etc.

WebCon [Free]
WebCon is a simple Web console tool that allows you to perform any HTTP operations automatically, like posting data, saving data, deleting documents, etc. Platform: Linux / Unix.

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