Arora web browser

You guys know all the hype about opensource products. Opensource is great, yes. It saved my life a couple of times. Yet, sometimes, when it comes to web browsers, even the fabulous ones such as Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s chrome or even Opera start getting on your nerves, at least they get on mine. The thing is, I’m on a perpetual lookout for a lightweight browser that, unlike Links, does not forego the visual and graphic aspect of the above web browsers… I think I have found it and that’s Arora web browser.

If you have a look at Arora’s Google Code page, you’ll get a fill of the essentials of Arora.

Arora works on Linux, embedded Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Windows and any other platforms supported by the Qt toolkit.

Arora uses the QtWebKit port of the fully standards-compliant WebKit layout engine. It features fast rendering, powerful JavaScript engine and supports Netscape plugins.

Apart from the must-have features such as bookmarks, history and tabbed browsing Arora boasts:

  • very fast startup
  • integration with desktop environments
  • smart location bar
  • session management
  • privacy mode
  • flexible search engine management
  • ClickToFlash plugin
  • download manager
  • WebInspector, a set of tools for web developers
  • 30 translations

Also, having a small and simple code base, Arora is perfect for those who love tweaking browsers for kicks.

A screenshot of Arora Web Browser
A screenshot of Arora Web Browser

On the overall, Arora just suits about everyone and renders almost all websites pretty well plus it’s not difficult to adapt to for new users.

To get Arora, go to Arora’s Google Code page.

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