The Web Browser thread

Linux isn't taken best webbrowser out from the box? Safety and Simple?

I'm surprised no one has suggested LibreWolf yet, which helps fight against the "blink/webkit monopoly" (1, 2) and is incredibly private.

I've been a happy user for over a year now.

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Very interesting read .... seems good but you better know what you are doing because tons of stuff is not turned on by default ..... like cookies and passwords are not saved unless you tell it to save each one ..... when you shut down all data is removed unless you tell it not to .... I would rather have these features turned on and remove them if I want to ..... but this was just a quick look without diving to deep into it .... thanks for the info ....

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Right! It's a very private (and safe) browser, based on Firefox.

I do have "regular" Firefox with some settings disabled that I use whenever something just doesn't work well with LibreWolf, but it's quite uncommon, to be honest (maybe only Netflix and Curiosity Stream are the frequent things I need to use Firefox for). Usually I can simply make a temporary exception for a site or app if I really care about them, otherwise I'm fine "skipping" it.

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Onion Control is addons in Firefox.
Tor browser bundle is Mozilla webbrowser.

A good strategy in regards of security and privacy is to have separation of concerns. For example use one browser for sites where you login to your social accounts, and another one for online shopping.

This is true for many other things, like having a dedicated prepaid card for online shopping, or using a separate email address for every site.

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Someone heard about webbrowser FireDragon?
Whoogle Search interesting without many bloat.

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I'm using the latest of Gnome Web Browser 'Epiphany'. It's light and fast and it follow the theming you are using without any glitches. I'm not sure that the latest of Epiphany is available on Zorin? But give it a try.

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Storm how is the security of Eiphany do they track your info like some of the others ?????? ..... what is the platform that Eiphany is based on ????? ..... it's own or Chromium ????? ....

I'd like to look into it .... I'll check it on the web

Never mind I did my own research .... but I don't use flatpak .... thanks for showing an alternative browser to use ......

It uses the WebKit rendering engine (same as Apple uses for Safari), and it's also available on .deb package if you like though you might need to add it to the sources list:

https://packages.debian.org/bookworm/amd64/epiphany-browser/download

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Just realized I can't spell. Going to correct it.

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I was curious to see how well Epiphany does since last time I used it, and I downloaded it again and will try it for a few days. I'm currently running on Pop!_OS and the package manager already had the latest 42.4 version which is nice, considering the recommended way by Gnome is to use a flatpak.

Some things that immediately stand out after ~20 minutes of use:

  • The UI is extremely clean and respects the system's theme.
  • Very few options on the settings menu with no apparent way to dive into advanced settings.
  • Ad blocker and "Inteligent Tracking Prevention" enabled by default, though unclear what they are actually doing on the background.
  • No extensions or plugins available.
  • No accelerated or smooth scrolling available.
  • Slight defects and irregularities rendering some web pages, particularly related to effects like gradients, transitions and animations.
  • Unable to load videos on YouTube, Invidious or Odysee. But I was able to load audio while using Invidious.

Some of these are good but mostly I'm not quite happy with the experience. I agree with some of the guidelines established by the project, such as aiming for simplicity and built-in functionality. In fact I recall there was a heavily modified Firefox theme that aimed at making it visually identical to Epiphany. A combination of both clean and lean aesthetics, with the ability to customize things further sure would be very welcome.

But I cannot understand why wouldn't I be able to customize a few things further, such as adding filter lists to extend the built-in ad blocker. I also hope they release the ability to use plugins soon. Even if existing ones are not compatible, it'd open the door to let the community contribute much like with things like Gnome Tweaks.

I also just noticed after posting this that font rendering is a little off. I'm not sure if this is clearly visible on the screenshot, but here's a side by side comparison between Epiphany (left) and Firefox (right):

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Epiphany's poor font rendering is enough to remind me of my Windows nightmare.

If I recall correctly, Gnome based Epiphany Browser on Etch-a-Sketch.

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Aww! Miss my Etch-a-Sketch! Have misplaced my Amiga mouse, so I can't access the Amiga software version, Retcha-Sketch!

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