Browser Battles: Opera, CrossOver Chromium and Flock
With the above and more options available, what are you going to choose as your browser? We are fortunate that each browser niche is being filled with great options on the Linux platform. For those who believe that efficiency lies in integration and feature-richness, Flock and Opera are excellent options. Flock integrates the most tightly with other services, and Opera builds in as much functionality as possible. Neither browser is known for its page-load speeds. Meanwhile, browsers like Firefox and its more streamlined cousins (such as IceCat and Epiphany) hold the middle ground, seeking to balance speed with essential functionality, leaving many features to the extensible extension system. Currently, Firefox is the fastest we've got. However, although CrossOver Chromium is not so nimble, it gives us an enticing preview of the forthcoming Google Chrome for Linux. Chrome for Windows is faster than Firefox. If you pride speed and agility above all else, keep your eye out for Chrome. Whatever your philosophy, you'll find a great Linux-based browser to meet your needs.
James Gray is Linux Journal Products Editor and a graduate student in environmental sciences and management at Michigan State University. A Linux enthusiast since the mid-1990s, he currently resides in Lansing, Michigan, with his wife and cats.
James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.