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4 Better Web Browsers for Linux and Everyone Else - page 2

Firefox and Opera

  • November 1, 2010
  • By Eric Geier

Chrome 7

Google's Chrome browser is also available for Windows and Mac OS X in addition to Linux. We experimented with the Beta version, Chrome 7, instead of the current release.

Chrome also features a streamlined interface similar to Opera, but has put their menu button to the right of the address bar instead of in the top-left. See Figure 3 for an example.

<em>figure 3</em>
figure 3

Chrome is set apart from the others by giving real-time predictive or suggestive results as you type in the address/search bar. This is similar to what Google.com provides, and can really make your searching and browsing quicker.

Of course, I have few gripes about Chrome 7 too. You can view all the saved passwords but they aren't protected by any type of master password like in Firefox. New tabs don't open to your homepage; you'll see a list of your most visited sites and recently closed tabs. Though Chrome includes a download manager like the other two browser, it doesn't automatically resume downloads after a connection interruption.

Flock 2.6.1

Flock is a Social Web Browser. It was originally based on Mozilla (Firefox), and available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Now it's powered by the open source project Chromium led by Google, and currently only available for Windows. So we're reviewing the older version, Flock 2.6.1.

As you see in Figure 4, this older Flock still sports the old menu bar and is also jammed full of buttons. It looks and feels similar to Firefox, despite the addition of numerous social networking, email, blogging, and sharing features.

<em>figure 4</em>
figure 4

It supports the social networking sites of Facebook, Twitter, and MySapce. It also supports the media sharing sites of YouTube, flickr, photobucket, and Picasa. Supported blogging sites include WordPress, Blogger, Blogsome, LiveJournal, and TypePad. Supported email services include Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and AOL Mail.

The People sidebar in Flock 2.6.1 is where you can view and update the statuses of multiple social accounts. On the Tools menu, you'll find a couple neat tools integrated into the browser: Photo Uploader, Web Clipboard, Feeds, Blog Editor, and Media Bar.

Flock 2.6.1 has similar annoyances to what we discussed for Firefox. Plus it doesn't have a synchronization feature, which means you must manually customize it on all your computers. The new Flock (which isn't available for Linux yet) includes syncing and a streamlined interface but lacks many of the neat features in the older versions.

Eric Geier is freelance tech writer and the author of many networking and computing books. He's also the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi networks with Enterprise-level security.


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