Light is a web browser which is based on Mozilla Firefox’s source code. But, it is a slimmed down version of Firefox with many of the components of Firefox slimmed down. Light can open its web browser faster and use less memory/RAM because its components are slimmed down.
Some features found in the regular version of Firefox like crashreporter, skia, webm, opus, ogg, wave, webrtc, jsd, gamepad intl-api, accessibility, webapp, sync, healthreport, safebrowsing, pdfjs, identity, spellcheck, tabview, social, devtools, printing, webspeech, webgl, directshow, Pocket, Hello messaging, Share This Page, Web Developer tools, etc are not included in Light like the regular version of Firefox.
In my experience, Light has been very reliable, and fast when I use it on Lubuntu 14 which is a Ubuntu Linux based operating system which uses LXDE as the desktop environment. My Linux based desktop computer has a Intel Core2Dou 1.86 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 320 GB hard drive, and Nvidia GT 620 video card, and uses Lubuntu Linux 14.10 as its operating system.
Light uses under 200MB of RAM when 1 tab with the default homepage is open after I launch Light. Light also runs smoothly when a few tabs are open at once. It rarely crashes in Lubuntu in my experience.
If you notice there is a slowdown problem when typing text on website in Light, you can turn off “Check my spelling as I type” in the Advanced section of the Preferences of Light.
Light uses the same user interface as Firefox, so Light should be easy to learn how to use if you use Firefox before. A lot of the plug-ins like Flash, add-ons, and themes for Firefox work on Light. Light has private incognito web browsing, tab web browsing, History, History Delete options, full screen mode, add-ons, plug-ins, history, and many of the same features available on Firefox. The main user interface differences in Light’s user interface is its logo is a U instead of the Firefox Fox logo, and it has fewer buttons in its menus.
The latest version of Light supports multi-process browser, so it can be faster. But, if you need these features, you can use the regular version of Firefox, or another web browser like Chrome which has features which Light does not support. Some websites like YouTube may work better on other web browsers because other web browser has support for WebM HTML5 video while Light does not support WebM video, and other multimedia features. [click to continue…]