Web browser is almost like a football team, each one has its own organized crowd (???). The purpose of this post is not to ignite comments, or to say that one is superior to the other. I will just demonstrate that there are great open source alternatives, leaving it up to you to test and see which one best suits your daily life. Without further ado, let’s go to “short list”:
Some browsers on this list are known to most users, I’m talking about you Firefox! (???) However, some users may be surprised and discover new browsers. This is precisely the purpose, to stimulate your curiosity to test something unknown. Some browsers will be available in the Snap format. Therefore, if you want to install an app that uses this technology, there is a need to have Snap configured on your system. Access this post, if you haven’t already. Remembering that Snap on Ubuntu comes by default.
I start the list with the much loved Firefox, the fire fox companion of many who are reading this post. I couldn’t make a selection with my 4 favorite open source browsers, without even mentioning or listing Firefox. In fact, recently its version 68 came full of news. Access the post written by Ricardo (The IT Guy) and learn more. Mozilla Firefox is distributed under the MPL 2.0 license, and you can access Mozilla’s Github and see all the technologies used in the browser.
You can easily install Mozilla Firefox in your distribution by searching your distro store, or by installing via terminal. On Ubuntu, for example:
sudo apt install firefox
If you use a distribution that does not have the latest versions of Firefox, you can install its version in Snap.
sudo snap install firefox
Another known one is Chromium, unfortunately, some users mistakenly spread it as a virus. The culmination of this “story” was hearing it from the mouth of “technicians” and several tutorials on the internet, teaching how to remove the Windows browser. Little do they know that Chromium is the foundation of Google Chrome, and several other browsers, including the new Microsoft Edge. Chromium is distributed under the license BSD (3-Clause). You can access your official mirror on Github for this link.
Chromium is in most distributions, in Ubuntu you can install it through the store or via terminal:
sudo apt install chromium-browser
There is also the possibility to install the browser via Snap in your distribution.
sudo snap install chromium
Brave gained popularity due to its features offered by default. Aiming for greater privacy, the browser brings embedded tools that aim to block unwanted crawling of websites and advertisements. Brave is distributed under the MPL 2.0 license, access your Github for this link. We have a tutorial demonstrating how to install the browser, you can learn from this post.
You can install Brave via Snap, in the previous link there are other ways.
sudo snap install brave
Incubated by the KDE Project, Falkon is a browser developed in Qt. In the past some might have known the project by another name, QupZilla, after support from the KDE community, the browser received a new name and redesign. Maybe in the future it will become the default browser for Plasma, that only time will tell (???). We have a post talking about Falkon, if you’re interested, access and learn more about the browser. Falkon is distributed under the license GPL 3.0, if you want, this is the link to your Github.
Falkon is in most distributions, just search your store or install via terminal, in Ubuntu just use this command:
sudo apt install falkon
Its Snap version can be used in your distro, and is always in the latest versions.
sudo snap install falkon
I strongly recommend testing the applications suggested here, and if you know of other open source solutions that are interesting, be sure to share.
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