Resources - Web browsers
- Chrome (Google)
- Google Chrome is Google's free, cross-platform web browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Its features include searching from the address bar and private browing mode.
- Firefox (Mozilla)
- Mozilla Firefox is a free, open source, cross-platform web browser, that utilizes the Gecko engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to a few features which are hoped to become standards. The Mozilla suite of products is a very important, popular, well-respected part of internet culture, and supports a wide variety of third-party enhancements. Mozilla also offers a very useful eMail client called Thunderbird.
- Lynx is a free, open-source, text-mode web browser. It is particularly useful to Unix/Linux systems administrators, as well as web site developers for testing purposes (e.g., it can be useful in some of the testing to ensure a web site is compatible for visually impaired and completely blind users who rely on text-to-speech technology to access internet sites).
If you need a pre-compiled Lynx for Microsoft Windows, complete with an easy-to-use installer, you can download an slightly older version from http://www.lumbercartel.ca/secretstash/lynx_setup-2.8.5rel-1.exe.
- Midori is a lightweight cross-platform web browser from Germany that has been gaining some popularity in Asia. It features fast rendering, tabs, window and session managment, simple bookmark management, and some helpful extensions.
Support for current standards, ECMAScript, and CSS appears to be quite good.
- Opera is a free, fast, small, secure, and feature-rich cross-platform internet web browser that handles common internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, downloading BitTorrent files, reading RSS feeds, sending and receiving eMail and usenet/newsgroup messages (and managing eMail contacts), and IRC communications.
Some productivity features worth noting are Voice (where synthesized speech verbally reads the contents of web pages, and also allows you to use a microphone to control Opera with your own verbal commands), Speed Dial (a new page shows various "thumbnail" previews of web pages that you choose), Session saving (so that you can continue where you left off after restarting your computer), and much more.
- Safari (Apple)
- Safari is Apple Inc.'s free, cross-platform web browser, which is highly popular primarily among MacOS users, but seems to be gaining popularity on other supported Operating Systems such as Microsoft's Windows.