Least memory intensive browser for Linux Mint XFCE 19.3

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anthonyphamy
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Least memory intensive browser for Linux Mint XFCE 19.3

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Hello everyone. I am currently using Firefox as my default browser. Is this the least memory/CPU intensive browser, or should I try a different one?

Please see specs below:
System:
Host: anthony-Inspiron-N5110 Kernel: 5.3.0-53-generic x86_64 bits: 64
compiler: gcc v: 7.5.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.1 Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia
base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine:
Type: Portable System: Dell product: Inspiron N5110 v: N/A
serial: <root required>
Mobo: Dell model: N/A v: A11 serial: <root required> BIOS: Dell v: A11
date: 08/03/2012
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 32.5 Wh condition: 35.2/48.8 Wh (72%)
model: DELL 7XFJJA2 status: Unknown
CPU:
Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-2410M bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Sandy Bridge rev: 7 L2 cache: 3072 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 18358
Speed: 798 MHz min/max: 800/2900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 798 2: 798
3: 798 4: 798
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics
vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
resolution: 1366x768~60Hz, 1280x1024~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile v: 3.3 Mesa 19.2.8
direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio
vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
Device-2: Logitech Webcam C210 type: USB driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo
bus ID: 3-1:2
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.3.0-53-generic
Network:
Device-1: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Dell
driver: r8169 v: kernel port: e000 bus ID: 05:00.0
IF: enp5s0 state: down mac: f0:4d:a2:48:71:4d
Device-2: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 [Rainbow Peak] driver: iwlwifi
v: kernel port: e000 bus ID: 09:00.0
IF: wlp9s0 state: up mac: bc:77:37:9b:1f:18
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 17.03 GiB (3.7%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST9500423AS size: 465.76 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 136.93 GiB used: 17.03 GiB (12.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 3274
Info:
Processes: 190 Uptime: 2h 40m Memory: 5.72 GiB used: 2.65 GiB (46.4%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.5.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20
inxi: 3.0.32

Thank you very much,
Anthony

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Re: Least memory intensive browser for Linux Mint XFCE 19.3

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You have 6 gigs of memory. Why does it matter?

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Re: Least memory intensive browser for Linux Mint XFCE 19.3

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Firefox is still sort of laggy when pulling up webpages. Could it potentially be the old HDD not being solid state?

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Re: Least memory intensive browser for Linux Mint XFCE 19.3

Post by Petermint »

Things to think about.
Your disk is 8 years old and will die soon. SSD makes everything better. That size SSD is really cheap today. Look at the middle price SSDs from good brands and buy whatever is no sale.

The big memory hog in Web browsers is junkware downloads. Junk blockers, including NoScript, reduce download time and memory usage. If you choose a really small browser with no junk blocking, you will end up using more memory and waste more time waiting for downloads and more time trying to find the content buried under the advertising.

Chrome and some other Web browsers fake speed by secretly downloading pages in the background. You have to switch that off if the browser has that option. Last time I looked, Chrome had it on by default and Firefox had that option switched off by default.

A browser with the right settings is better than something that is just the smallest code download. When testing Web browsers, start System Monitor before starting the Web browser. Watch the memory usage (Resources tab) change when the browser loads. Watch the memory usage change when you visit a Web site.

Install Links. It is in the Software Manager and is probably the smallest Web browser that produces readable Web pages. Links does not load Javascript. Many Web sites will produce just a blank page. Some sites will work and with minimum memory.

If a Web site does not work for you in Links, Fire up Firefox in Firejail with NoScript. For an accurate test, you need to reboot before starting System Monitor and the Web browser as some applications leave code in memory when you close them.

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Re: Least memory intensive browser for Linux Mint XFCE 19.3

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Thank you for the advice Petermint. I will look into solid state drives then and hopefully that will help the overall performance of the computer as well as give me some more years out of it as well :) Thanks for the info on the browsers too. I'll start paying attention to the system monitor. Cheers.

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