Linux web browsers Midori and (Gnome) Web

Browsers have become the most important application you run on your computer. Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer seem to be the most commonly used browsers today. But there are other options. The following things are worth considering when choosing a browser:

  1. Security
  2. Stability
  3. Speed
  4. Adblocker
  5. Support for media
  6. Development tools

If you are on the Linux platform, you can install a variety of browsers, but Firefox and Chromium are probably the most popular choices. This post will introduce two other browsers for Linux that you might not know yet: (Gnome) Web and Midori.

Gnome Web 3.10.3

gnome_web

Gnome Web is an elegant polished and minimalistic browser that only runs on Linux and feels much like Safari. It used to be called Epiphany and was based on the Gecko engine (currently WebKit). It has a good set of development tools hidden under the right-click (Inspect Element).

  1. Engine: Webkit
  2. Search: DuckDuckGo
  3. AdBlocker: Yes
  4. Platforms: Linux only

Installation command for Debian-based Linux systems:

sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser

User-agent for this browser on Xubuntu Linux 14.04:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/538.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/538.15 
Version/6.0 Ubuntu/14.04 (3.10.3-0ubuntu2) Epiphany/3.10.3

Midori 0.4.3

midori

Midori is a fast and full-featured browser with nice development tools. The only thing I found is that it does not have as many plugins as Chrome or Firefox. Other than that I think the browser is just as good (with some better defaults). It also runs on Windows, but as far as I know it is not ported to OSX.

  1. Engine: WebKit
  2. Search: DuckDuckGo
  3. AdBlocker: Yes
  4. Platforms: Linux and Windows

Installation command for Debian-based Linux systems:

sudo apt-get install midori

User-agent for this browser on Xubuntu Linux 14.04:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/537+ (KHTML, like Gecko) 
Version/5.0 Safari/537.6+ Midori/0.4
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