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Light Firefox web browser for Linux

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.

But, Light still has support for most Firefox themes, HTML5, JavaScript, Plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, and add-ons like NoScript, and Flash Block because Light is based on the latest version of Firefox. Light also has bookmarks, password save, history, tabs, private web browsing, text and page zooming, and other important features found in most web browsers.

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…]


SMPlayer Linux Media Player

SMPlayer is one of my favorite free media players for Linux based operating systems because it can play a lot of different video, and music file formats. It has a lot of nice features like built-in codecs for playing back different file types, downloading subtitles for video from opensubtitles.org, YouTube video playback, custom themes, etc. SMPlayer is also based on the popular award winning MPlayer media player engine.

I think SMPlayer is one of the best lesser known alternative media players for playing back video, and audio files in Linux based operating systems like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

SMPlayer is my main video player which I use most of the time on Linux based operating systems like Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Linux Mint, and Debian. SMPlayer has a easy to use user interface, it is fast and lightweight, and is very reliable when I use it on Ubuntu Linux, and other Linux Operating Systems for Desktop computers. It also has a lot of useful features like Resume playback when opening previously closed video, and Deinterlacing videos to get rid of white clear horizontal lines from interlaced video from interlaced video files.

SMPlayer also does not require any third-party codecs to play video and audio files. Users just need to install SMplayer, and it can play many video and audio files without the need to install other codecs in Linux. Avi, mp4, mkv, mpeg, mov, divx, mpv and h.264 are some of the video and audio file formats which SMPlayer can play. you can also play YouTube videos directly in SMPlayer, and search for YouTube videos with an optional YouTube Video Search plug-in for SMPlayer.

SMPlayer has a file resume feature which remembers the settings of all files which users previously played with SMPlayer. For example, when you re-open a closed video file like a MP4 movie file, SMPlayer will resume play the video at the same point in time which you closed the file at, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume, de-interlace settings, etc.

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Linux Lightweight Linux Web Browsers
Popular web browsers like Google Chrome, and Firefox are available for Linux based operating systems like Ubuntu. Firefox, and Google Chrome both work well on Linux in my experience.

But, there are some less popular web browsers like Webs/Epiphany, Midori, Light Firefox, Chromium, IceWeasel, Palemoon, SlimJet, Vivaldi, Dillo and NetSurf which are also very good web browsers for users who care most about speed, reliability, and low system resource usage on older and slower computers. Linux Power users who own a powerful computer, and usually have many big intensive programs and games all open at once would benefit from using a lightweight web browser because of the low RAM and CPU usage.

Alternative web browsers sometimes run better and lighter on older computers with less RAM, a slower CPU, slower video card, and smaller hard drive. Some web browsers like SlimJet and Vivaldi are also designed better for certain types of users like more intense web browser power users who need features like mouse gestures, shortcut keys, form filler, better tab management, and fewer un-needed features like toolbars which can make using a web browser less enjoyable.

Some Web browsers like Web, Midori, Qupzilla, Dillo, and Netsurf run well even on older computers from many years a go with under 512MB-1GB of RAM and a 1 GHz CPU, or even mobile CPUs found on computers like the Raspberry Pi 1-3.

There are other alternative web browsers like SlimJet, Chromium and Vivaldi which has a lot of useful features like support for custom add-ons, apps, plug-ins, and many themes with a nice looking designs which you can download and install.

I think using more than one web browser is a good idea in Linux because some web browsers display websites better than other web browsers. But, some web browsers like NetSurf, Dillo, and Web could be good web browsers to use if you are running low on battery life on your laptop because of their low system resource usage. When your computer use less RAM, and CPU cycles, it uses less battery life or electricity from your home’s power outlet, so you may save some money on your power bill by using a lightweight browser like Web, and Midori which is good enough for casual web browsing in my experience.  [click to continue…]