Browsers are a living from GUI-based desktop operating systems when it comes to browsing. Here we will learn about some of the best browsers available to install on Linux distros like Ubuntu, Rocky Linux, Fedora, Redhat and more…
Which browser is the best? Netizens have been arguing about the answer to this question for years. However, here we are not following the best browser, but the list of the most popular and easy to install on Linux systems. Although almost every Linux distribution comes with a default browser, which is the powerful “Mozilla FireFox”. Nevertheless, many users like the chic design of Google Chrome, others distrust the search engine giant and prefer Mozilla’s Firefox or Opera. Some would like to have Microsoft’s Edge on Linux as well, because it’s already pre-installed on every Windows PC. So let’s explore some options you can use to replace your default Linux browser.
The best browsers for Linux distributions
We can easily install it using SNAP or Flatpak. For more information, see GitHub page.
2. Google Chrome
Well, this browser needs no introduction. Chrome is quite a popular and well-known browser that we can easily install on all major Linux systems using a repository officially published by Google for Linux systems. Chrome’s store offers hundreds of plugins to extend the browser’s capabilities, and syncing also always allows us to share history, passwords, and settings with other devices. However, it is not open source software, users looking for open source software can opt for Chromium. Check it out: 2 ways to install Chrome browser on Ubuntu.
3. Bold browser
Brave is another popular browser to install on Linux when it comes to privacy and performance. Although it is based on Chromium, it promises to block intrusive ads and trackers and pays special attention to the privacy of its users. Instead, if the user chooses to do so, the browser will show its own advertising, for which the user will receive a bitcoin-style virtual currency. The Brave Browser promises that you can earn its own cryptocurrency “Basic Attention Tokens” (BAT) by watching advertisements on Brave. The option is called Brave Rewards.
With the help of an integrated ad blocker called “Brave Shields”, Brave tries to position itself as a “safer and faster web browser” compared to other providers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
To learn– Install Brave browser on Ubuntu 22.04
4. Microsoft Edge
After relying on Internet Explorer for a very long time, Microsoft decided to replace its old browser with a new Microsoft Edge. However, it is also based on the popular open source Chromium but with many additional features. Just like Google Chrome, this Edge browser is not open source software. It offers compatibility with all extensions designed to run on Google Chrome or Chromium. With just one click, Microsoft Edge can arrange your browser’s tabs on the left side of the screen instead of placing them at the top.
Microsoft allows third-party cookies to be blocked. The privacy section of Edge’s settings menu offers three levels of blocking (Light, Balanced, and Strict) as well as an option to use the strictest setting for your incognito browsing sessions.
To learn– How to install Microsoft Edge browser on Ubuntu or Almalinux/Rocky
Vivaldi is a lightweight browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies AS for advanced users, based on Chromium’s Blink rendering engine. The Vivaldi browser takes a rather refreshing approach. Instead of trying to please as many users as possible, Norwegian company Vivaldi Technologies focuses on users for whom there are never enough features.
Vivaldi has a cookie warning blocker on board. The feature reduces annoying cookie dialogs and banners that you get when surfing due to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Tabs and their organization are an important theme at Vivaldi. Users can place the tab bar either at the top, bottom, left, or right. Apart from that, the built-in email client is also there to integrate your email account including Gmail account.
The extras built into the browser include a note and screenshot function. With the latter, entire websites can be snapped and not just the currently visible screen content. Also exciting for power surfers: With the “Duplicate Tab” function, you save yourself the constant scrolling on a page to quickly switch between different parts of a website.
To learn: Install Vivaldi on Ubuntu 22.04
Opera is more innovative than almost any other browser Opera can use on Linux: you can use unlimited VPN, mouse gestures, dark mode, Chrome add-ons, tab search and screenshot taking.
That power saving mode can be activated on notebooks and PCs, it makes the most sense in battery mode (which is only available on notebooks).
To learn: How to install Opera on Ubuntu Linux.
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