May 23, 2002, 12:00 AM — 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
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
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
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.