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Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« on: September 24, 2017, 06:30:30 pm »
There have been MANY discussions on this forum about lighgtweight web browser .. has anyone tried "Otter" ?

Otter is a lightweight web browser that aims to recreate the best aspects of the classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5.
https://otter-browser.org/

I'm testing it now, and good god it's fast :o .. bit fugly, but damn it's nearly instantaneous at opening pages.

Wanna check it out ?, well there's a PPA, so just run:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otter-browser/release
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sudo apt-get update
then
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sudo apt-get install otter-browser
but BE WARNED I gather it's still a bit experimental at the moment.

[EDIT]
In a quick unscientific test, my system was consuming 200MB more RAM displaying a single youtube video in Firefox as it was in Otter.

And did I mention IT'S BLEEDIN FAST!!!

Discovered whilst reading this:
https://www.dotslashlinux.com/2017/03/23/best-lightweight-software-applications-for-gnu-linux/
« Last Edit: September 24, 2017, 06:46:46 pm by PCNetSpec »
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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2017, 07:05:38 pm »
I tried it out for a second, might keep it.

It didn't handle scrolling very well. I chalk that up to how it handles javascript that checks the pages status.

On a few websites it flickered aboslutely positioned navigational elements on my machine. But it does feel fast.

Example load this page and look at the social footer they drop in as you scroll:
https://lifehacker.com/fill-up-your-google-calendar-so-other-people-cant-steal-1818662826

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 07:08:46 pm »
Yeah that's a bit messed up :(
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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2017, 07:21:45 pm »
I'll try this too. I still prefer Firefox but lately it's a bit sluggish at starting up.

YouTube has a big ugly "connection refused" box in place of an ad that must be blocked in hosts.

That lifehacker site looks fine here, probably also because I'm blocking whatever was flickering.

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 03:17:33 am »
Nice one PCNetSpec  ;)

Looks like a good alternative! I guess if one wants something that doesn't pull a lot of Qt5 stuff and sticks to Gtk, Midori would be a good alternative as well.


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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 09:45:58 am »
Yep, that's why I added the "(s)" to the title of the topic, so other people could make suggestions .. so TVM :)
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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 09:00:57 pm »
You are right Otter is really flying!...... 8)
That ASUS I got  could really benefit from Midori or Otter the only thing they are missing is some sort of ad blocker. LOL  ;)

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2017, 09:08:26 pm »
There is an adblocker in the menus. You might have to add some stuff to it.

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2017, 09:26:10 pm »
@murraymint thanks! after I read your post I found it...........Just to see what it will do I enabled everything.
Don't do that.... Otter just freezes. LOL..... eventually it loaded after it ran through all the filters but it took awhile over 5 minutes.... it did get the job done though.
So, gotta be selective on the content filters.

Even with that all going on it never increased memory or CPU usage.

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2017, 10:15:04 pm »
@MurryMint, It has a content blocker in the bottom right corner. But you have to refine it manually.


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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2017, 10:28:46 pm »
You're right Joseph, it's the same one but you can actually read what the entries say. If you go in through the menus they're all cut off and you can't seem to drag the column over.

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2017, 03:02:59 am »
Maybe it was not such a good idea to suggest Midori... see:
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=864951

Hunting a lightweight browser to be continued...

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2017, 06:53:42 am »
Good to know Midori is no longer maintained (and hasn't been for some time now) pin .. thanks for that :)
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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2017, 04:49:02 pm »
i like light and fast softwares, so i'll definetly try this one right now :)

EDIT :
So far, i didn't notice anything going wrong. Otter is really fast and consumes les memory than any other browser i have (Opera,Chromiu, Palemoon comes close).
Some downsides :
- Bookmarks all have the same default icon (i believe it'll be fixed soon...)
- Youtube videos sound : on the same video, Opera youtube videos are louder. (don't know if it's the browser's fault)
- No Extensions (i guess ? i couldn't install the Youtube Enhancer Extension for example).

i'll use it for some time and keep an eye on it's evolution.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2017, 07:06:27 pm by Ly »

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Re: Lightweight Web Browser(s)
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2017, 06:56:14 pm »
This may be the lightest browser out there: ;)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_(web_browser)