Interesting Web Browsers You Have Never Heard Of

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There are more browsers than you are aware of. Apart from Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer there is a number of promising alternatives which can improve your flexibility, increase your productivity and enrich your browsing experience.

In fact, there are over 100 existing (although not widely used) browser applications. Most of them make use of the rendering engines Trident (Internet Explorer), Gecko (Mozilla Firefox), WebCore (Safari) and Presto (Opera 7 and above). However, some of them offer large fields for experiments and exploration — e.g. 3D Engines, but also really useful browsers with advanced functionalities such as desktop-tools integration.

Recently we’ve selected over 20 Win/Mac/Linux-browsers, installed most of them, tested them, compared them and now present the results below. Let’s take a closer look at some rather unknown, forgotten, advanced or experimental browsers. What else do we have on the horizon? What should we use? And what might we be willing to use? Apparently, between Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer there is enough room for creative and unusual approaches.

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Please note that

  • we’ve tried to showcase only those browsers that use Gecko or WebCore layout engine, but we present some interesting Trident-based applications as well;
  • it wasn’t our intention to display all available browsers2 such as Swiftweasel3 and Midori4. We’ve selected the ones we’ve found most useful and promising.

IceWeasel5

This is Swiftweasel6, an optimized build of the Mozilla Firefox web browser for Linux.

Portable Versions

Although we’ve recently seen a tremendous breakthrough of interactive web-applications, some tools such as file management or web browser are still left over to desktop-software. In order to actually use these applications, you need to install them on every PC you’re working on. Right?

Not really. In fact, there are hundreds of portable applications7 you can use to carry your favorite programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings and email. You can use them on any Windows computer. All without leaving any personal data behind. Being open-source, portable applications provide a truly open platform that works with any hardware (USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive, etc).

Firefox Portable8

A portable version of Mozilla Firefox has the full functionality of Firefox bundled in a tiny encapsulated package.

The main advantage of portable versions is the simple fact that they are usually much faster, can be used without installation and require less memory. So, for instance, the portable version of Firefox uses 35% less memory9. And you can test web-sites on some external machines immediately, without installing all the necessary browsers first.

Ordinary Firefox 2.0.0.3:

Firefox Portable10

Portable Firefox 2.0.0.3 (same number of extensions and opened tabs):

Firefox Portable11

You can use the portable version of your favourite browser without installing it on the machines:

  • Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition12
    Portable Edition is the Firefox bundled with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you.
  • Opera Portable Personal13
    You can manage multiple profiles at once. The profile file will contain all the settings you made while running. So, your settings, history, passwords etc. are packed into a single file, then they are overwritten and deleted on the host machine (so you leave no trace). When you run Opera Portable on another machine, your settings will be applied again.
  • Internet Explorer 7 Standalone14
    You can find a truly portable version of IE 7 in Google as well.

Flock (Win/Mac/Linux)

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Flock is a social web browser based upon Firefox, with its own user interface and a number of unique “social” features. Instead of locally stored bookmarks Flockr uses public bookmarks, letting users add bookmarks to del.ico.us “on the fly”. The browser integrates Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Technorati and further services such as an RSS feed-reader.

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Flock points users’ attention to available RSS-Feeds.

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What makes Flock unique is its ability to improve the productivity of bloggers. E.g. you can publish your blog posts directly from your browser-window — a WYSIWYG-editor is preinstalled by default. You can also use a Web-Clipboard, Photo Uploader, a Mediabar for Flickr-Fotos etc. Flock was released in October 2005, the first stable version was available two years later. Flock uses Yahoo as a default search engine.

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The Flock Blog-Editor supports WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, LiveJournal and further services19.

Safari (Mac / Win)

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Safari21 belongs to Mac OS X just as Internet Explorer belongs to Windows. In both cases user interface is designed consistently with the common design used in the operating system. Since the mid 2007 Safari, with its elegant aqua design and and classic Mac user interface, is also available for Windows.

That’s no big news for Apple users, but quite interesting for Windows users who can now experience a quite new kind of text rendering. Safari is 2x faster than Internet Explorer. First beta-versions of Safari had a number of critical bugs, but the latest version is quite sophisticated and more or less stable. However, it doesn’t change the fact that Safari looks quite alien on Windows. Safari has solid and standards-compliant support for CSS, including a partial support of CSS3.

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Shiira (Mac)

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Shiira24 is a web browser based on Web Kit and written in Cocoa. The browser offers private browsing options so that history and cookies are not recorded when activated. The browser is of comparable stability and speed to Safari, making it among the fastest and most functional browsers for users of Mac OS X. One of the main advantages: elegant, breathtaking design and user interface.

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The goal of the Shiira Project is to create a browser that is better and more useful than Safari. All source code used in this software is licensed under BSD and is publicly available.

Camino (Mac)

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Camino28‘s main aim is to integrate as well as possible with the Mac OS. It uses the Aqua user interface and integrates a number of Mac OS X services. E.g. you can use Keychain for password management and Bonjour for scanning available bookmarks across your local network.

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You can migrate your Firefox data and extend Camino in similar ways, using differences in keyboard shortcuts described on the site. Camino uses the Gecko rendering engine, what is not typical for Mac OS applications. Camino also offers the feed detection, spell-checking, session saving and more. “Single window mode” tames sites that insist on opening new windows by forcing their new windows to open in tabs, keeping window clutter to a minimum. Open Source.

GreenBrowser (Windows)

Not that this browser30 is actually green, but it’s a fresh, light and quite promising application with many useful tools you won’t find in your favourite web browsers. For instance, you can add the shortcuts of frequently used software applications in an external toolbar. Afterwards you can also set the option “Auto Start with GreenBrowser” or “Auto Close with GreenBrowser” to handle multiple applications at a time.

Green Browser31

Besides, the browser also shows the state of the page; you can observe whether a file is downloaded, read or not, locked, protected, saved or bookmarked.

Green Browser32

Among available options you’ll also find an ad filter, mouse gestures recognition, auto fill form, auto scroll, auto refresh, auto save, auto hide, quick key, skins and other features. Multiple languages are available. Unfortunately, the browser uses Trident as a rendering engine. 1.3 Mb.

Slim Browser (Windows)

Slim Browser33 is a tabbed multiple-site web browser that uses the Microsoft Trident rendering engine. That means that you can rescale tabs and group them within your browser as standalone windows. Slim Browser incorporates many useful features such as skinned window frame, hidden sites, built-in commands and scripting, RSS feed reader, blacklist / whitelist filtering and URL Alias.

Tabs can be saved in groups, which can then be opened at any time from the groups menu. You can also open only sites from that group, or have SlimBrowser open a group on startup. If the browser crashes, the opened tabs will be restored automatically.

Slim Browser34

Auto login enables you to to create an instant shortcut to a website you would normally need to type a username and password for – Slim Browser does it automatically.

K-Meleon (Windows)

K-Meleon35 is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser for Windows which is based on the Gecko layout engine. K-Meleon is free, open source software released under the GNU General Public License.

K-Meleon, as the title suggests, offers some middle thing between Firefox and Internet Explorer. From the technical point of view K-Meleon uses the Mozilla Gecko layout engine which stands for a modern, standard-conform site rendering. Optically K-Meleon resembles Internet Explorer. With the only difference that it has less features and functions. Thus the browser consumes less memory and loads pages faster.

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K-Meleon after the installation (Win XP)

There is no reason to change from Firefox to K-Meleon, as there are minimal differences between both of them. So, for instance, you can use macros to accomplish typical daily routine tasks automatically; you can also use mouse gestures to let the software know what action it has to perform. Since you have identical site rendering in both Firefox and K-Meleon, the main advantage of the latter one lies in its very low memory usage: this browser is a nice alternative for older and not so powerful PCs.

xB Browser (Windows)

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xB Browser38 (xB stands for XeroBank) is the free portable anonymous web browser. The benefit of xB is that it allows you to securely and anonymously surf the Web, bypass firewalls and website censorship. For enhanced privacy, xB Browser clears history of browsing and deletes cookies when you close the browser.

xB Browser uses Mozilla Gecko for rendering web sites. Last Version is 2.0.0.6. It does not allow you to run another version of Firefox at the same time — for security reasons. Fullsize screenshot39

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xB browser in action.

Maxthon (Windows)

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Maxthon42 (earlier MyIE2) is a powerful tabbed browser built for all users. Besides basic browsing functionality, Maxthon Browser provides a rich set of features to improve your surfing experience. Compared to other browsers, Maxthon offers a very user-friendly interface, with a number of skins and plugins. Maxthon is a browser Internet Explorer 6 could have become if Microsoft developers tried to invest more in an optimal user experience. Whatever task you have to accomplish with Maxthon, you always feel absolutely comfortable as the interface is extremely well through-out and intuitive.

Maxthon has the basic functionalities offered by Mozilla family and Opera. It also offers the Anti-Freeze functionality which reacts once the browser seems to have frozen. You can also add shortcuts of your programs in Maxthon, and start them with a single click. You can even set programs to start and shutdown with Maxthon Browser. Screen capture is integrated and URL key-shortcuts can be set up with few clicks.

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Maxthon after the installation (Win XP)

Maxthon is basically an advanced skin for already existing Internet Explorer: you have a better browser experience, but it’s not necessarily more secure. Maxthon automatically imports all IE-Bookmarks in the engine.

Swift (Windows)

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Swift is a WebKit-based browser for Windows, which is supposed to render sites similarly to Safari. Except you can use it in Windows as a native web-browser. Although Safari offers a far more advanced alternative, Swift is currently in an early alpha version and may be improved in the future. What you’ll end up with in the end might be a classic Windows Vista application with integrated WebKit rendering engine.

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Swift after the installation, the browser is in an early alpha stage.

Sleipnir (Windows)

Sleipnir46 is a Japanese tabbed web browser almost nobody (except Japanese users) actually have ever heard about. However, the browser is quite old; it also has an English version and requires Windows. The main idea behind Sleipnir is the integration of both Firefox and Internet Explorer by using both rendering engines (Gecko and Trident) in one application. The user can select between both engines via icons in the status bar. This is useful for web-developers, because you can detect critical rendering issues immediately using multiple tabs.

There are few plugins and skins; however some functionalities such as zoom or tab-preview (thumbnails) work only with one of the rendering engines (IE). The tabs can be placed against each other and can be ordered as a cascade. If you’ve got used to your old browser, you’ll miss some functionality in Sleipnir. You can also use a portable version for USB.

By the way, Sleipnir is is Odin’s magical eight-legged steed47 in Norse mythology.

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Sleipnir after the installation (Windows XP)

SpaceTime (Windows)

SpaceTime49 offers a 3D Tabbed Browsing. You can see more than one page at a time in unlimited space. You can also move pages around, as well as flip and turn them.

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uBrowser (Windows)

Web pages as a cube. uBrowser51 is an open source test mule that renders interactive web pages onto geometry using OpenGL and an embedded instance of Gecko.

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Browse3D (Windows)

The Browse3D53 web browser is supposed to offer users a visual advantage making finding and using web information more productive. With Browse3D using multiple browsers is made easier because each web page is represented by an image of that page and not just a generic tab. There is a limited free Version. Browse3D uses the IE Rendering Engine.

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3B (Windows)

3B55 is another 3D browser. Although it looks interesting, it’s also very commercial. To use the browser you need to register on the site. After registration you can navigate through 3D-rooms, which can be designed and customized by other users of the browser. This is quite exciting and unusual, however also quite complicated and slow. You can use a chat as well.

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Bitty (all)

Bitty57 is a browser within a browser. Although it definitely won’t compete with Firefox or Safari, it might be quite useful in some situation. The browser can be integrated into web-pages and can display external web-sites or RSS-feeds. A tiny small navigation is available as well as the Google search. Unfortunately, Bitty has some ads as well.

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Netscape / SeaMonkey

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Yes, Netscape60, a descendant of Netscape Navigator, is actually still alive. However, since Netscape has lost its market share over the last decade, now it can be seen as a radical alternative to everything else browser market has to offer. What is interesting is that Netscape today is actually Firefox with a new skin. Navigator 9 is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Seamonkey61

Navigator is also included into SeaMonkey62, a free, open source, and cross-platform Internet suite that is the continuation of the former Mozilla Application Suite. SeaMonkey has inherited the all-in-one concept of the original Netscape Communicator and continues that product line based on the cross-platform architecture provided by the Mozilla project. It also has a Mail & Newsgroups client program, and an HTML editor, or Composer program. The SeaMonkey is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/21/web-browsers-you-have-never-heard-of/
  2. 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_web_browsers
  3. 3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiftweasel
  4. 4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midori_%28browser%29
  5. 5 http://swiftweasel.sourceforge.net/
  6. 6 http://swiftweasel.tuxfamily.org/
  7. 7 http://portableapps.com/apps
  8. 8 http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable
  9. 9 http://www.thinktechno.com/2007/10/07/comprehensive-guide-on-how-to-reduce-the-memory-usage-in-firefox/
  10. 10 http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable
  11. 11 http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable
  12. 12 http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable
  13. 13 http://www.kejut.com/operaportable
  14. 14 http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/04/test-internet-explorer-7-without.html
  15. 15 http://www.flock.com/
  16. 16 http://www.flock.com/
  17. 17 http://www.flock.com/
  18. 18 http://www.flock.com/
  19. 19 http://flock.com/supported-services
  20. 20 http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/safari.html
  21. 21 http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/safari.html
  22. 22 http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/safari.html
  23. 23 http://shiira.jp/en
  24. 24 http://shiira.jp/en
  25. 25 http://shiira.jp/en
  26. 26 http://shiira.jp/en
  27. 27 http://caminobrowser.org/
  28. 28 http://caminobrowser.org/
  29. 29 http://caminobrowser.org/
  30. 30 http://www.morequick.com/IndexEn.htm
  31. 31 http://www.morequick.com/IndexEn.htm
  32. 32 http://www.morequick.com/IndexEn.htm
  33. 33 http://www.flashpeak.com/sbrowser/
  34. 34 http://www.flashpeak.com/sbrowser/
  35. 35 http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/?switchlang=en
  36. 36 http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/?switchlang=en
  37. 37 http://www.xerobank.com/
  38. 38 http://www.xerobank.com/
  39. 39 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/browser/xbbrowser-full.jpg
  40. 40 http://www.xerobank.com/
  41. 41 http://www.xerobank.com/
  42. 42 http://www.maxthon.com/
  43. 43 http://www.maxthon.com/
  44. 44 http://www.swift.ws/
  45. 45 http://www.swift.ws/
  46. 46 http://www.fenrir.co.jp/en/sleipnir/
  47. 47 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleipnir
  48. 48 http://www.fenrir.co.jp/en/sleipnir/
  49. 49 http://www.spacetime.com/
  50. 50 http://www.spacetime.com
  51. 51 http://ubrowser.com/
  52. 52 http://ubrowser.com/
  53. 53 http://www.browse3d.com/
  54. 54 http://www.browse3d.com/
  55. 55 http://3b.net/browser/newhome.html
  56. 56 http://3b.net/browser/newhome.html
  57. 57 http://www.bitty.com/
  58. 58 http://www.bitty.com/
  59. 59 http://browser.netscape.com/
  60. 60 http://browser.netscape.com/
  61. 61 http://mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/
  62. 62 http://mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/

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  1. 1

    Opera is by far the best. After years using it I still periodically discover something amazing it can do I never knew before. Indeed, the only reason Opera is not the only browser used throughout the world is because people don’t know everything it can do. Of all the “unique” features that the browsers on this page have, only a small handful don’t appear in Opera. It is unfortunate that the sheer magnitude of Opera’s abilities can’t be gleaned from the cursory test run most users will give it, and I’ve yet to read a review that goes any farther than merely skimming the surface. Even Opera’s own website leave me feeling a lack of a reliable source to turn people to for reading about the browser. Trust me on this one, Opera is far and away the best browser there is.

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    • 102

      Russians seem to take to Opera. However, it’s lack of a menu system leaves an oldster like me absolutely cold. I can reach websites but I find it difficult to find where things are (e.g. settings and other options).

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  2. 203

    iCab is great because it gives the user so much control. And they’re actively developing. I’ve used it for years. Now it allows for variable identity for best compatibility.

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  3. 304

    Slim Browser 4.10 is the Best Browser that I have found. Has Many options, instant Internet Explorer Buttom, Great Interface (3 choices) Multiple Search Engines arranged at your specifications and so much more. I have tried alot of browers and this is the best. To download it go to http://download.com and type in Slim Browser and do the research. You won’t be sorry.

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  4. 405

    Who uses just one browser? That’s like having and playing only one game.

    Opera is my main browser because Firefox closes all tabs on exit. Firefox needs a plugin to save the pages you were looking at, Opera does it automatically, plus it has keyboard navigation (left hand on the keys right hand on the mouse), something Firefox doesn’t.

    Firefox and K-meleon (also based on Mozilla) are alternates I use in case I want to use multiple accounts open on the same websites (e.g. email, commenting). You can’t log into multiple accounts on the same site in one browser .

    I use Off By One and Lynx to test web pages for backward compatibility and appearance.

    I also use Off By One to visit sites (e.g. cheat code sites) which might contain illicit scripts or viruses. Malicious code can’t run if there’s no Java.

    I also sometimes use and test other and older browsers for fun (read: nostalgia) just because I like their feel and layout.

    Do I have a favourite? No, because none of them have ever satisfied me and even the “best” versions still have their flaws.

    Finally, no, I do not use Infernal Exploder. It is not a web browser, it’s a web louser.

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    Marvin D. Hernandez

    February 11, 2008 10:57 am

    Why don’t you point out those unique features instead of just alluding to them?

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  6. 607

    If you guys go to http://browsers-for-you.webs.com/ you can discuss everything about browsers on my site forum.

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  7. 708

    Suprised CubicEye wasnt mentioned…

    http://www.cubiceye.net/demos/

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  8. 809

    Anthony Salvaggio

    March 12, 2008 6:53 pm

    We’ve just released an application that lets users play online video in their browser head. The graphics are as impressive as its utility. You can get it now at videovistas.com

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  9. 910

    @ove um.. ya, you would assume that they’re using windows cause apple computers are a B*tch to do any kind of scripting with, macs are good for multimedia (itunes etc..) and some quick performance, other than that windows and linux are for scripting etc. but i’ll eat my words the day some game company designs a game like FEAR or The Sims completely on apple computers

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  10. 1011

    Discovering Safari for Windows was a dream come true. It’s like putting on a pair of glasses for the first time. It’s a shame it isn’t better supported though. So I end up using Firefox most of the time.

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  11. 1112

    You need to learn the difference between browsers and front-ends. Maxthon is not a browser. It is a front-end for IE 6. It suffers from all of the security problems that IE 6 does.

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  12. 1213

    Why don’t more people use it? It stinks. It’s the most user unfriendly browser I ever tried.

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  13. 1314

    CRAZE is absolutely right! Opera is ‘the’ browser. I’ve been using Opera from last 5 years and concur that Opera is for serious-minded advanced users. As for the features CRAZE referred to, some of them and also some other more serious manipulations can be done through Javascript, for e.g, you can determine how different components of web page are handled like strings, scripts, applets etc. Similarly, using a small Javascript, you can save YouTube videos to your HD. For general users, suffice to say that Opera is Safest and Fastest browser.

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    Danh ba web 2.0

    July 19, 2008 7:34 pm

    It’s great ! I like FF and Opera. Thanks so much

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  15. 1516

    The site is very good, coz better information..

    Thank you !

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  16. 1617

    got any thing for linux

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  17. 1718

    on my XP HD i use (in this order, best first) 1) Seamonkey 1.18, which i find to be less prone to crash than ANY other browser! 2) Opera 9.26, which has the recovery option built in to it. I had on several occasions with both Linux and Windows tried upgrading to Opera 9.5 but found it to be extremely buggy and crash prone! 3) Firefox 2.0.0.16, its durable, not the fastest but usually reliable and has some snazzy extensions like Opera does. 4) Netscape 9.06, the final version of a sentimental favorite i have it loaded down with many compatable Firefox extensions I keep it because of dependability and the nastalgic factor knowing full well its death is inevitible. Finally 5th is Flock, which after installing automatically copied my Seamonkey preferences, history and cache but not Firefox which i found odd since it is based on Firefox. On my Linux HDs I use Seamonkey first on Slackware 10.1 and Xandros 2.0. Second would be a toss up between Opera 9.26 and Firefox. Both also include Mozilla Suite 1.7 but when Seamonkey is installed they become virtual clones. On Mandrake 10.1 both Opera and Seamonkey crash shortly after i install them so i use Konquerer, Epiphany or Galeon

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  18. 1819

    i love maxton

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  19. 1920

    google chrome is much better than any of these thats all i have to say

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  20. 2021

    Tried ff 3, chrome, sleipnir 2.8, ie 7, opera 9.5,safari 3.1.2. I should say I like opera 9.5 since its is highly customizable, speed dial,can block adds can import any type of book marks from pretty much any other browser, tabbed windows can be tiled, cascaded, can hide menu and/or all the toolbars to increase browsing space, the list goes and it is pretty quick; and like ff3 you can use about:config or in opera opera:config to change the setting to your desired taste. Switched my browser to opera 9.5 and became an instant fan.
    the other browse i like is sliepnir i could switch between trident and gecko when i found certain pages were not being rendered correctly; this browser is thin on documentation in english and few plugins. safari is fast but from usability/customization point i’d stick with opera/sliepnir .
    chrome i’d say is still in beta and is bare bones and i’d prefer the developers at google take a honest look at opera 9.5 from configurability and usability though; I could import bookmarks from ie or ff no other option available, also i found while using chrome my pc was slowing down when i had 5+ tabs open on a 2gb ddr2 core 2 duo machine. regarding ie7 hmm!

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  21. 2122

    amazing list. Never realized the existence of so many different varieties. Flock is really cool.

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  22. 2223

    Really.. great list!.. thank you..

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  23. 2324

    Where are for example links (nowdays can also run graphically), lynx, w3, dillo, etc? Everything you listed and dillo cauld not be more useless if you ned to use webbrowser an remote serve with telnet, ssh or other text-based remote access.

    Also if you dont but you want to fast check a page or two, then the links2 is the best choice, even in non-remotely using graphics instead of text console it’s simply the fastest

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  24. 2425

    Nice to have choices isn’t it? I feel sad when someone says ‘right now I’m using firefox, but I’ll remember these if I ever need to change’. The point is that we should use a variety. The best options would be the cross platform browsers – for me in linux GPL licencing is important, however Opera is too good to ignore. Seamonkey is nice, Midori and Epiphany are also very good for some uses. Stability isn’t a big issue if you memorise your Media pages (TV guide pages, or movie timetable) to open in Epiphany leaving you free to use Firefox for browsing. Personally, I like to use also the session manager in Opera for some jobs – and Midori is lightening fast to open up for a websearch.

    Number one? for downloading YouTube, it’s firefox. For my email it’s Opera, for TV guides it’s Seamonkey (this also opens profile pages from my chat software etc.) and so I am pleased to support CHOICE rather than try to force everyone to use Firefox exclusively by saying ‘it’s all you need’.

    Isn’t that what they say about Microsoft? and Antivirus?
    I have neither of these, yet I bought no expensive apples.

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  25. 2526

    This post is very informative and interesting. I tried the ususal popolar browsers like IE 7 and 8, FF-3, Safari, Opera etc.
    But, Opera is my best preference as it offers good many features than all combined.

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  26. 2627

    Hey! I am Rajnish Gupta web Designer India. Really Its a amazing. its a good one mostly i liked 3d which depicted to real world.

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  27. 2728

    thats nice thank you smashing magazine for giving this idea… thanks always philwebsupport.com

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  28. 2829

    Which of the browsers WinXP compatible browsers listed in the article or follow-up comments would work the fastest and on a really slow dial-up connection. I’m using FF, but often it gives up and says a page is unavailable when it is only the connection is slow. I only care about having basic features…skins and all that jazz don’t matter to me.

    Thanks for any responses. I looked for, but didn’t find a clear direction from the article.

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  29. 2930

    very nice info given to us…simply superb

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  30. 3031

    very good post.thanks

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  31. 3132

    Amazing!!……
    That’s incredible…..the browser 3B is just mind blowing….especially that you can go through the rooms without even going to the site….a lot of time and money gets saved…..not just commercial but interesting too…..
    Mine is a web development Site. Can I use it in some ways for my site

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  32. 3233

    Hey, I found out about a cool new browser that is totally customizable and has a lot of plugins (I hope you can read Japanese for the plugins, as there is no English ones)! Its called Lunascape, and it uses 3 different engines to operate- Trident from IE, Gecko from Firefox, and WebKit from Safari and Chrome. There’s a bunch of nice skins, and there is an English version. I highly recommend it!

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    IE7 is awful,on that subject all IE’s are awful ..Went to Firefox and firefox does not remember any of my settings.Every time I start FF I have to re-enter all my info as if I were setting it up for the first time.
    So then I went to Opera and I am in love with it.I think I will try my hands on spacetime 3d now. Good reviews here.I am glad I got a chance to read everyone’s input on all the browsers but to me opera seems to be the smartest so far and I will continue to try other browsers til I find the one for me.

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  34. 3435

    Didn’t mentioned quite good windows browser. It’s based on WebKit.
    Too much to talk, just see!
    QtWeb

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  35. 3536

    Any more web browsers out there , already tried OPERA, SAFARI, FIREFOX , now is MAX turn lets see how that one does the 3d browsers are not good and to slow
    he requested URL http://browser.netscape.com/ was not found on this server

    and thats what you get when trying to get NETSCAPE o well

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  36. 3637

    That XB BROWSER is great because it hides your real IP number so you can surf the net and people don’t know you are there is very cool the problem is that is costs money to have that Web Browser :( is 30 days free do they have a free browser that does the same thing??

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  37. 3738

    i use flock and i recommend that you download it!

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  38. 3839

    Aslo try the new Google Chrome This is very quick if you are using internet Dongle.

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  39. 3940

    Regarding Google Chrome it is very nice browser to use. It is very nice

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  40. 4041

    I personally think Google Chrome is rather hyped, because SRWare Iron ( http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php) has the exact same interface and feature set as Chrome, and is just as fast, but it’s half the size, doesn’t spy on you, and doesn’t plant any identification tags on your computer (making Iron better than Chrome by default). Also, if you’re running Linux, then Midori () and my personal favorite, Swiftfox (), are another couple of browsers worth taking out for a spin ^u^

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  41. 4142

    You forgot NotJustBrowsing.
    And, safari – People know what that is!

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  42. 4243

    You may also want to have a look at MenuBox for Windows. It allows you to create a redistributable chromeless browser application, with a hard-coded initial URL (local file, or online). It uses the Windows Trident engine, with added document object model extensions.

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  43. 4344

    I am a fan of Chrome and Camino. For ease Safari is always at some time or another reactivated on my dashboard. Check out Stainless, it was a demo browser for Chrome but is being developed no independently. Omni Web is pretty nice too, and faithful Mac users will testify to its neatness because it was the first browser developed for Mac. I did use Flock all last year but have since stopped since Chrome for Mac has been released and Flock started getting buggy with Snow Leopard as did Shiira.

    Happy browsing!!!

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  44. 4445

    Oh God, just kill me with these awful browsers. Although its a good thing you didn’t mention IE .x ;)

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  45. 4546

    So far I never heard about 3D browsers. I used IE, Firefox and Chrome. Chrome is good and FF is faster in downloading…
    Why can’t we have both 2D and 3D in single same browser?

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  46. 4647

    Abhaya Kumar Jena

    February 15, 2011 5:14 am

    All the bowser are good. But i prefer to use the IE, Mozilla & chrome. Among these three Mozilla is good for access, like download & the links are opening so faster than other browser. So wh not 3D provide on same. Also need some new cookie delete option on the same.

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  47. 4748

    Why isn’t Comodo on this list? It’s practically Chrome, except much more secure. It’s literally the safest web browser EVER. It can even use the apps from the Chrome web store! (So you can keep that adblock.)
    comodo.com/

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  48. 4849

    I’ve been a devoted Chrome user since it first came out, but now I’m starting to question its privacy. It’s also been running kind of slow lately. These browsers look really cool, especially the cube.

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  49. 4950

    hi there what about puffin browser

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