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Web browser choices on Linux have never been better. After years of

prereleases, the Mozilla open-source browser is finally nearing a 1.0

release with release candidates now available. This still isn't the 1.0

release, but we are getting very close. See for yourself at

http://www.mozilla.org/releases/.

Mozilla is the open-source Web browser built from the Netscape sources.

The Netscape browser is a commercial version of a snapshot of the

Mozilla sources, along with other features added by Netscape. See

http://www.mozilla.org/ for more on the Mozilla browser. Netscape is

included with just about every Linux distribution. Mozilla is often

included as well.

A great Mozilla feature is the ability to easily stop those annoying

popup and pop-under ad windows. You can see more of the latest features

listed at http://www.mozilla.org/releases/mozilla1.0/. You can download

the commercial Netscape browser from

http://home.netscape.com/computing/download/. The latest version is

6.2.2. It took me a while to find the Linux-specific downloads at

http://home.netscape.com/download/0314102/10004-en-linux2.2---_qual.html.

The commercial Opera browser supports Windows, Solaris, BeOS, QNX, OS/2,

Symbian OS, and Linux. You can download a version for free from

http://www.opera.com/download/. The free version of Opera displays ads.

If you purchase Opera for $39 US, then you get an ad-free version. Opera

is known for its lightening-quick display of Web pages. The program is

just fast.

In addition to the main offerings of Mozilla/Netscape and Opera, a

number of other Web browsers are available for Linux:

* Konqueror is a combination disk and Web browser that comes as part

of the KDE desktop. You'll find Konqueror included with just about

every Linux distribution. You can also download the latest KDE

desktop from http://www.kde.org/.

* Galeon is a Web browser for the GNOME desktop that is built on top

of the Mozilla engine for displaying Web pages. Galeon focuses on

providing a smaller, faster Web browser than the full Mozilla.

Download Galeon from http://galeon.sourceforge.net/.

About the only missing browser is Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Some

users have reported success running Internet Explorer, or IE, using

WINE, a system to run Windows executables on Linux. See

http://www.winehq.com/ for more on WINE, and

http://appdb.codeweavers.com/appview.php?appId=25 for experiences

running IE on WINE.

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