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Looking for an alternate web browser

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Currently running LM20 Beta on an external usb ssd drive. So far it is running great, no problems.
With the controversy about snap and snapd in mind, I'm looking for a an alternate to chrome/chromium browser. Currently using firefox as my main browser. I want a back up browser in case firefox crashes. A quick search led me to

https://www.tecmint.com/linux-web-browsers/

In order to winnow down options to two or three, instead of installing and testing all of them, I'd like to hear from LM forum members about your experiences with or opinions about them (great, good, bad or ugly). Or maybe some other ones not listed on the above web page.

Thanks!
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Just to clarify, Chrome ≠ Chromium. I seriously doubt Chrome will ever abandon the deb format just because Ubuntu did for Chromium.

You can try Brave; it's Chrome-based and runs pretty good.
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Even when using Windows, I was a long term Firefox fan.
Then, after switching to Mint 17, I ran into a gradual slowing down of the internet using Firefox unless I regularly restarted Mint.
At that point I switched to Opera & could not be more pleased.
That original Firefox problem has gone away, but I have no desire to return to it full time.

https://www.opera.com/computer

I currently (running 19.3) have both Firefox & Chrome as backup, but I can't remember the last time that I used either.
You have to spend a little time setting up Opera exactly how you want it, but it allows you to customise it enough that you can..
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ajgringo619 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:23 pm
Just to clarify, Chrome ≠ Chromium. I seriously doubt Chrome will ever abandon the deb format just because Ubuntu did for Chromium.

You can try Brave; it's Chrome-based and runs pretty good.
Actually, Brave is Chromium, not Chrome, based.
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Lady Fitzgerald wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:56 pm
ajgringo619 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:23 pm
Just to clarify, Chrome ≠ Chromium. I seriously doubt Chrome will ever abandon the deb format just because Ubuntu did for Chromium.

You can try Brave; it's Chrome-based and runs pretty good.
Actually, Brave is Chromium, not Chrome, based.
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Have a look at Vivaldi: https://vivaldi.com

It's based on Chromium, but it has a better, more customizable user interface. The company that develops it was founded by the original founder of Opera, so the browser and its associated community is much like Opera used to be.
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Thanks for your replys.

Edit to my original post

Initial search was for "linux browsers", which returned
https://www.google.com/search?source=hp ... ent=psy-ab

Made another search "linux mint browsers"
viewtopic.php?f=47&t=300269&sid=42362eb ... f&start=20
Last post almost a year old.
Also looked at
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=317356
But that post was started before the snap controversy.

I'll be using LM 20 as my main os, I'm trying to stay away snap and flatpack as much as possible.
As before all suggestions are welcome!

Thanks!

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Just to clarify, Chrome ≠ Chromium
Thanks for pointing out my error
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Concur with hapgood. I use vivaldi on my laptop, tablet and phone. Based on chrome so can use same extensions such as the one I use which is Bitwarden.

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farkas wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:13 pm
Currently using firefox as my main browser. I want a back up browser in case firefox crashes. A quick search led me to

https://www.tecmint.com/linux-web-browsers/
11. Brave. I don't recommend it. the substitution of referral links was detected https://twitter.com/cryptonator1337/sta ... 0105578496

13. Slimjet. Best of the Chromium project. http://www.slimjet.com/en/dlpage.php
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LM20 Beta.
however, portable Chromium launched on lm20 https://download-chromium.appspot.com/
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igmint wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:23 am
...11. Brave. I don't recommend it. the substitution of referral links was detected https://twitter.com/cryptonator1337/sta ... 0105578496...
If you don't use their BAT rewards system and just let Brave block all adds, it works just fine and dandy. Those "redirect" complaints on Twitter are most likely auto-fill. Turn off auto-fill and the "problem" is solved. I have auto-fill tuned on and I don't have any problems.
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Opera, Brave, they look like boys from a pop group.
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I used to really be into trying out different browsers, but honestly at this point I'm really happy with Firefox on the desktop and Chrome on my phone. I have a pile of highly organized bookmarks and a couple plugins for Firefox, and beyond that I really just don't care very much. My surfing needs are and have for many years remained very basic, and I've yet to find any return on investment value with the rest of them.
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Going by the list on the Arch wiki there are over 50 web browser for Linux. Admittedly because Debian/Ubuntu lack a ports system it can be a bit of a search how to install each.

My primary browser is Firefox with Chromium for websites that use DRM (disabled in Firefox).

For backup I mostly use Epiphany and SeaMonkey but I also have Eolie, Falkon (Qt based), Dooble (Qt based) and links (text mode) installed: For various ways to install Chromium in Linux Mint 20 you can follow our User Guide: https://linuxmint-user-guide.readthedoc ... omium.html
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There is always Pale Moon.
My browser of choice
https://www.palemoon.org/

My backup browser is Basilisk. More Firefox in style.
Also maintained by the Pale Moon team.

https://www.basilisk-browser.org/
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Thanks to all responders!

I'v been using firefox as my goto web browser and I like it. Useing chromium in LM 19.3 as fallback if and when firefox misbehaves. So far only once.

I'm actually looking for a web browser not based on chromium or chrome. Some responders have suggested Opera, Brave, Slimjet and Vivaldi but they are all based on chromium.

ajgringo619 pointed out that Chrome ≠ Chromium but chrome is based on chromium.
"Chrome OS is a Linux kernel-based operating system designed by Google. It is derived from the free software Chromium OS and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. "
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_OS

I'm not looking for a full blown browser with all the bells and whistles. Just one that will get me on line and get me to a search engine and LM forums in case of an emergency.

Thanks xenopeek and marts123 for your suggestions. Now I have a good idea of where to start. I'll update in with my results.
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