Category Archives: Light Weight Browsers

Gecko and his territory and FAT Browsers needing Diet Cola

Gecko and his territory
I wanted to write about the Gecko, the Firefoxe’s background engine thinking it is a little browser.
It is not.
It is a layout engine for multiple browsers that originated in the fold of Linux background.
It takes the content and formatting information and displays on the browsers bland screen.
Gecko has been known previously by the code names “Raptor”
I have decided to support the lightest browser in the line of Abiword as the lightest but a very powerful word processor.
I faintly remembered about its Linux origin.
Currently I favour Midori, IceApe, Dillo and SeaMonkey and not Firefox.
FireFox is light on its own but easily get bloated over 100 MiB with cookies.
  • Download size: 10,27 MB
  • Installed size: 29,44 MB
  • Package filename: iceape-browser_2.0.11-5_i386.deb
  • Source package: iceape
  • Download size: 19,65 MB
  • Installed size: 48,37 MB
  • Package filename: seamonkey-2.4-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
  • Source package: seamonkey-2.4-1.el6.src.rpm
  • Download size: 441,81 KB
  • Installed size: 1,04 MB
  • Package filename: dillo-2.1.1-1.ssl.i386.rpm
  • Source package: dillo-2.1.1-1.ssl.src.rpm
  • Download size: 480,73 KB
  • Installed size: 1,79 MB
  • Package filename: wget-1.12-1.4.el6.i686.rpm
  • Source package: wget-1.12-1.4.el6.src.rpm
  • Download size: 1,38 MB
  • Installed size: 5,15 MB
  • Package filename: lynx-2.8.7-7.fc16.x86_64.rpm
  • Source package: lynx-2.8.7-7.fc16.src.rpm
  • Download size: 1,81 MB
  • Installed size: 2,87 MB
  • Package filename: links-2.2-13.fc15.i686.rpm
  • Source package: links-2.2-13.fc15.src.rpm
  • Download size: 53,20 KB
  • Installed size: 599,80 KB
  • Package filename: midori-devel-0.3.6-1.fc15.x86_64.rpm
  • Source package: midori-0.3.6-1.fc15.src.rpm
I could not find a single article in the web stating their download size (compressed) and installed size.
This information is mandatory when new releases are made and they should also give a breakdown of the size of the cookies allowed when fully integrated.

Amazon Silk the answer to Web Browsers that are Heavy (Weights)

I hate almost all the web browsers in current use except light weight Linux derivatives.
Linux derivatives are light on your computer and has utilities to block unnecessary cookies and erase the memory at the end of a web session.
All the web browsers have become bulky over the years and have left enough security holes.
I will list few of the Linux browsers  I like most before talking about the game-changer Amazon-Silk.
I hope it will become bulky in time but have enough security patches since lot of young kids are going to use it on daily basis. 
1.IceApe and its Suite
2. Dillo
3. SeaMonkey
4. IceWeasel
5. Midori
Mobile Web Kits
6.Opera Mobile (Mini)
7.Android WebKit
9.BlackBerry WebKit
10. Dolfin-Samsung
11.Nokia WebKit
14. Firefox   Gecko in MeeGo
Note Gecko  is a FireFox Light derivative that comes from Linux origin, from good old days of Linux and unfortunately IE and FireFox has lot of work to do to get to Mobile Industry.
IE and FireFox are gorilla derivative of internet.
I believe Linux distributions should all have some alternative Lightweight web browsers included in their distributions.
It is interesting that SwiftLinux which has done a good job of it in its recent version.
These light weight stuff can be used in Mobile and Cloud Computing and now that Amzon has shown the way by splitting the resources we going to have frantic activity in this arena with mobile to lure.
Amazon’s Silk approach is admirable and it is going to be a game-changer.
I think all the web browsers have to go on a diet soon or have at least two versions.
One for mobile and cloud and the other for the desktop.