5 Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of

8 May

Over the past few years many  different browsers have been created and become very popular for example Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, however, there are many browsers which are generally unheard of among the majority of web users. Here are 5 of them

1. Camino– Is a free, open source web browser which means”path” in Spanish. It is based on Mozilla’s Gecko layout engine and was created to work well with the Mac OS. It integrates a number of Mac OS X services and features such as the Keychain for password management and Bonjour for scanning available bookmarks across the local network. Other cool features include an integrated Pop-up blocker and Ad blocker, tabbed browsing, and support for open standards.

Camino Working With Mac

Camino Working under Mac

2. Mozilla Seamonkey– Is a free and open source web browser based on the Mozilla Application Suite. It is cross-platform so it runs on Linux, Windows and Mac ,although, unofficial versions exist for ; FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, IRIX, OS/2, Solaris, AIX and BeOS/magnussoft ZETA. Built in is a Chat feature and a WYSIWYG HTML editor which is used generally for browser previews as well has these functions it has a browser.

Seamonkey working under mac

Seamonkey working under Mac OSX

3. Flock– Is a web browser built on Mozilla’s Codebase that was made particularly for social networking with loads of features like a built in blogging tool and facebook chat. It is cross-platform and available in unofficial versions on others less used operating systems. It is available in over 20 languages including; Catalan, Chinese, French and German. Just like Firefox and Chrome it comes with the ability to add many different add-ons.

Flock Running under Windows XP

Flock Running under Windows XP

4. Lunascape is a web browser developed by Lunascape Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. It is unique in that it contains three rendering engines: Gecko (used in Mozilla Firefox), WebKit (used in Apple Safari and Google Chrome), and Trident (used in Microsoft Internet Explorer).  The user can switch between layout engines seamlessly. It is currently only available for Windows however it works under Linux if you use WINE or Mac OSX if you use Crossover.

Lunascape 5 in Windows XP

Lunascape 5 in Windows XP

5. Konqueror– Konqueror is a browser as well as a file browser. The ‘k’ in the name comes from it following the KDE naming tradition of all applications with the letter ‘k’ at the begginning. It  is cross-platform and was designed specifically to work on UNIX-like operating systems rather than Windows however it does work well on Windows.

Konqueror running in Vista

Konqueror running in Vista

Well that is my list of 5 Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of so I hope you enjoyed reading it and you use them.

Over the past few years many  different browsers have been created and become very popular for example Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, however, there are many browsers which are generally unheard of among the majority of web users. Here are 5 of them

34 Responses to “5 Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of”

  1. Vistaus May 14, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Not to slash your article, but I’ve heard of all these browsers.

    SeaMonkey and Konqueror are even browsers that I had as default for a while, their pretty good 🙂
    Camino I only heard of and saw screenshots, I have no Mac so I’ve never used it 😦
    Flock is a bad browser, at least that’s what I think of the few times I’ve tried it.
    Lunascape is also one I’ve never tried, but it doesn’t attract me and it’s also for Windows only.

    Good article though 🙂

    • linuxandall May 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

      The reason I listed Konqueror is because mant Windows and Mac users won’t of heard of it.

    • mikebartnz May 16, 2010 at 10:14 am #

      Kirix Strata

    • Stay Blunted April 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      instead of having this conversation, why don’t we talk about what advertising companies are doing

  2. Muhammad Panji May 14, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Lunarscape is the only browser I never heard of. nice articles anyway 🙂

  3. daveh May 14, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    You forgot Epiphany.

    • linuxandall May 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      Yeah, thought of doing that but I decided I would leave it and write another article on it.

    • onwordp May 15, 2010 at 9:57 am #

      Still about Epiphany.
      It has been strongly improved and it’s much more functional by the time Gnome 2.30 was released (= Epiphany 2.30.2).

  4. Eric May 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    5 Browsers you probably really haven’t heard of:

    1. Vimprobable

    2. Uzbl

    3. Conqueror

    4. Surf

    5. Rekonq

    • mario May 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

      Nice list, interesting. Just found that uzbl, rekonq and conkeror are even available in the Ubuntu repositories. So, checking them out right now…

      • linuxandall May 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

        Nice… Take some screenshots and send them through to me and I’ll write a thanks article to all the fans that helped and made a list of other browsers

  5. Jeff Hoogland May 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    How about Midori? It has been my light weight browser of choice lately. I can’t believe you listed Konqueror, anyone who has used Linux for more than a month odds are knows this one… Its the default in most KDE distros.


    • linuxandall May 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      If you read the post above it says it covers all OS so… Thanks for the comment anyway

  6. djohnston May 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Another one is kazehakase.


  7. Ant May 15, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    And why showing v1.0 for Mozilla’s SeaMonkey. It’s at v2! v1 is unsupported too.

    • linuxandall May 15, 2010 at 12:46 am #

      I couldn’t get a good screenshot of v2 so i found that one

  8. Dann May 15, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    What? No Links love?

  9. TMUkmkd May 15, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    if your article for windows/mac user yup, i can say they maybe dunno bout that browser.
    but act lot of my friend using flock. they are windows-er

    p.s how bout elinks? ngeh.. cli browser :p

  10. james May 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Eh, typical article by a non-technical user. Next time, you can avoid discrediting yourself with a more appropriate title like, “5 Browsers You May Not Have Heard of”

    • linuxandall May 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

      It’s aimed at a non-techinal user and I was trying to be creative.

  11. anonymous coward May 16, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    Enter your comments here…
    You missed many of my favorites. Dillo, Galeon, lynx and elinks, etc. and some I dont like like opera.

    • linuxandall May 22, 2010 at 4:24 am #

      Yeah they are all good, especially Opera!

  12. Tracy May 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    How about Arora

    • linuxandall May 22, 2010 at 4:23 am #

      I’ve been checking that out- it’s pretty awesome

  13. jane September 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    I just started blogging a while ago and it feels great

  14. LM February 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I’ll second the nomination of uzbl for a seldom heard of browser that’s worth checking out. It looks pretty lightweight for a browser. There’s also netsurf which has different desktop front ends including a Framebuffer option for Linux users who want to use it outside of X Windows. Also, as others mentioned, there are several good text based browsers. They’re great for checking out a web site and making sure it’s accessible. There are lynx (doslynx on Windows), links (and links2), elinks and w3m just to name the most popular.

  15. insuccesso March 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    second list i had not heard of. lunascape is very good and is now probably my browser of choice with its three different engines (gecko, trident, webkit). i also like maxthon which has dual engines (trident, webkit, and used to have option for gecko). thought second list was interesting. of other mentioned i have also used seamonkey (not as good as netscape used to be), flock (thought it was bloated), kirix strata (liked it until license runs out and they want like $100), opera and google chrome (thinks sucks bad both), most the rest i missed or haven’t used. interesting list by all don’t bang the orginal poster for making a list instead make your own list. one i have liked and used in the past that most do not know is iCab and i have also tried out fennel (mobile) and wyzo (so-so), slepinir (msie knockoff: broken, wish the gecko engine worked), devenv (ms visual studio used as a browser just for kicks), and a bunch of others i forgot at the moment. interesting. 🙂

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    this guy is out of his mind

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