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Best Web Browsers for Ubuntu Linux Operating System 2011-2012

The best Web Browsers for Ubuntu Linux are Firefox 8, Google Chrome/Chromium,  and Opera since you can install them easy by just using the Ubuntu software, and Firefox is installed on Ubuntu Linux by default on most Ubuntu Linux installs.

A web browser is software which lets you surf the internet by typing in a domain name like johnsonyip.com, or clicking a link on a website to explore a page on the internet.

Firefox 8, Google Chrome, and Opera all work pretty similar to each other. There is an address bar, stop button, back, forward, password manager, search box, tab browsing, status bar, bookmarks, bookmark tool bar, download manager, and a bunch of other features which you find on a typical web browser like Internet Explorer, or Netscape Web browser for Windows.

FireFox 8 is good because it seems to have a more easy to use interface then Google Chrome, and Opera. There are also a lot of plug-ins, toolbars, add-ons, and themes for FireFox 8. I notice Adobe Flash Player for Ubuntu Linux also works better in Firefox 8 then Google Chrome, and Opera in my experience on my older computer with only a 1.9 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and onboard video. Firefox 8 is also pretty stable in Ubuntu compared to Windows where Firefox seems to use more RAM, and slow down my computer over time. I like how I can change the theme, and colors to Firefox, and add add-ons to Firefox to change the look, feel, and add extra features to FireFox 8. Firefox 8 user interface is probably the most easy to use then Google Chrome, or Opera for someone who used Internet Explorer, or Netscape for most of their life.

Google Chrome is a great web browser for someone who just want a minimalistic web browser for everyday web browsing, and just works. Google Chrome is pretty stable, but I notice it does not work very well with some Facebook Flash Games like Farmville, Cityville, etc where you have to use the scroll wheel to zoom in or zoom out of your games’ video. Google Chrome settings are also slightly harder to change then Firefox in my experience, but the basic functions like address bar, back, forward, search and tabs are easy to use like Firefox. Google Chrome also has changeable themes, and a lot of add-ons.

Opera looks like a good web browser for someone who wants a very customizable web browser where you can move the address bar, tool bars to the top, bottom, left, or right. Opera also has mouse gestures where you hold down the right mouse button and move your mouse left to go back, right to go forward a page, etc. Opera has fewer themes, plug-ins, and add-ons then Firefox and Chrome. But, Opera seems to be slightly faster when viewing text and picture based website and blogs. Firefox and Chrome seem to handle Adobe Flash video and games better in my experience. The User interface in Opera Web browser is easier to use then Google Chrome, but it’s settings are harder to adjust. Using Opera web browser is similar to Firefox since they are both tab browsers, but not as minimalistic as Google Chrome.

When I’m using Ubuntu Linux 10.04 my everyday web browser is Firefox 8 since it is good enough for doing most of my web related tasks like blogging, e-mail, social networks, YouTube, forums, reading blogs, and other stuff. Google Chrome and Opera are good if you are more into minimalism, and Customizations to the user interface.

What do Firefox, Chrome, and Opera all have in common in Ubuntu Linux? They are all pretty fast, secure, and are great web browsers for your everyday user, and more advance user like web developers and power users.

Firefox is installed on Ubuntu Desktop Edition by default. You can download the Debian/Ubuntu version of  Chrome at google.com/chrome , and you can download Opera Web browser at Opera.com .

You can also search the Ubuntu Software Center for Chromium which is the Open Source version of Google Chrome, and Opera to install either Chromium and Opera on Ubuntu Linux 10.04, 11.04, 11.10, or higher.

4 comments… add one
  • Ian November 26, 2011, 1:38 am

    When I use Ubuntu is always use Firefox because it is the default browser or it is already installed with Ubuntu. I want to conserve my RAM so installing additional web browser is not that advisable for me. But I did try using Chrome and indeed it is very fast in Ubuntu because it requires less memory to run because it doesn’t have much add-ons.

  • Johnson Yip November 26, 2011, 6:40 pm

    I think you mean your hard drive Space since RAM is not used for permanent storage. RAM is use to load programs when your computer is using them. Chrome only uses RAM when it is open in Ubuntu. If you have a big partition or hard drive you installed Ubuntu to, Google Chrome would not take a big Percentage of your hard drive space.

    I agree Chrome is fast because there are not tons of add-ons and un-needed features like RSS reader, etc which might slow down other browser.

    Thanks for the comment, Ian!

  • godlover September 17, 2012, 4:42 am

    Google chrome is not secure.So don’t use it.You may use chromium.But,remember to modify privacy settings in options.
    Opera may be fast.But it offers default file format as mht which is annoying.

  • Johnson Yip September 17, 2012, 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I prefer Chromium as well since it seems more opensource, and updated more.

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