The best browsers for Linux?

In today's open source roundup: Best Linux browsers. Plus: Lifehacker's list of essential Linux applications, and how to run Android on a Mac

There are plenty of browsers to use in Linux, but it can be somewhat daunting to choose one from all of the others. Datamation has a useful roundup of some of the best Linux browsers. The article also points out the pros and cons of each browser so you'll get an idea of what each has to offer, warts and all.

According to Datamation:

Firefox

Chrome/Chromium

Qupzilla

Midori

Opera

With so many great choices, it can be a tough call to say which browser is right for you. Speaking for myself, I've found that I rely heavily on Firefox and Chromium due to specific extensions I put to work each day. For someone with a lower end system or netbook, my suggestion is to try Midori first and if that's not a fit, fallback to Qupzilla.

So what about other web browsers for Linux? Such as the Epiphany browser or Konqueror? Browsers like these are great, but I feel strongly about the browsers I've shared above specifically. Each of the options listed above are browsers I use often and have found to be something I feel good about recommending to friends and family.

More at Datamation

For more coverage of the best Linux browsers, try these articles:

10 Alternative Web Browsers for Ubuntu Linux

10 of the Best Free Linux Web Browsers

What Are The Best Linux Web Browsers?

I decided to stop using Chrome/Chromium a while back because I was dissatisfied with Google's behavior as it related to user privacy. I just felt creeped out when using Chrome, so I switched back to Firefox and so far it works just fine for my needs. I haven't had a lot of plugin issues with Firefox though that might be because I use comparatively few of them.

The article covers the five browsers listed well, but it is by no means a comprehensive list. You can find a longer list of browsers on Wikipedia's page about browsers for Unix and Unix-like operating systems. Note that the list includes more than what's available for Linux, and some have been discontinued. But it will give you an idea of what's available and show you some interesting browsers from the past.

I noticed Galeon on the list, and it took me back to the days when I loved it and GNOME. Wow, that seems like a long time ago now. But in its day Galeon was a great browser. Alas, it is no longer with us but I'll always have fond memories of using it back in the day.

Galeon web browser
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The Galeon web browser in Ubuntu.

Lifehacker's list of essential Linux apps

Lifehacker has a helpful roundup of some of the most useful Linux applications.

According to Lifehacker:

With so many flavors of Linux and the awesome apps in their repositories, finding the right app for getting things done can be tough. In our annual Lifehacker Pack for Linux, we're highlighting the must-have downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more.

Synapse

Kate and Geany

AutoKey

LibreOffice

Chrome

Thunderbird

Pidgin

Skype

VLC

Plex

digikam and Shotwell

GIMP

Clementine

Spotify

Dropbox

Deluge

CrashPlan

PeaZip

Wine

Terminator

VirtualBox

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Best Linux applications
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Wow, that's a pretty decent list of Linux applications. If you're a new Linux user then it's probably a good place to start in terms of software. Most everything you need for desktop purposes is listed there.

But if you're using Ubuntu or Linux Mint (or one of their many derivatives), be sure to also check the Featured section in the Ubuntu Software Center or Linux Mint Software Manager. That list of apps is also usually pretty good too.

Linux Mint Software Manager
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The featured apps list in the Linux Mint 17 Software Manager.

Other distros may also have their own such lists of some of the most popular or most widely used applications in their respective software managers. You can sometimes find great applications that you might otherwise have overlooked.

How to run Android on a Mac

Tuts+ has a tutorial that shows you how to run Android on a Mac via VirtualBox.

According to Tuts+:

Android is a popular mobile operating system that has a wide library of apps, some of which are useful on the desktop. Luckily, because Android is open source, it can be run on just about any device, including a Mac.

In order to run a full install of Android on a Mac, you'll need to set up and install an Android virtual machine. And though there's a ton of virtualization software available for the Mac, I'll you how to create an Android virtual machine using Virtualbox, a free open-source piece of virtualization software by Oracle.

More at Tuts+
Install Android on a Mac
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I'm not exactly sure why anyone would really want to run Android on a Mac, but this seems like a good tutorial if you do. Hey, at the very least there's a certain cool factor in doing it and I'm sure there are distrohoppers out there who will enjoy setting it up.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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