Secondary web browser?

tingo

Daemon

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In my workflow, I use two different web browsers. Currently (and it has been like this for some years now) Firefox is my main browser (it just means that it shoulders most of the work - has most windows and tabs). In addition, I have a secondary browser, used for other windows and tabs, as well as testing if browser differences are in play when errors crop up.

For a few years now, Iridium has been my secondary browser, after I found out that Chromium brought out a too heavy "load" penalty on my machines. I also tested a few other browsers (example Falkon), but either they didn't work with the websites I use, or they were removed from the ports tree.

Well, now iridium-browser has left the ports tree too (I'm guessing that the Iridium-browser project has plans to remove the Python 2.7 dependency, or already have fixed it, but I don't know if there are plans to get Iridium-browser back into the ports tree).

So any reccommendation or suggestion for a secondary web browser? Preferably one that is in the ports tree and will stay there for a long time (if we are lucky).
 

Phishfry

Beastie's Twin

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SeaMonkey #1, then Iridium and lastly Falkon(my Craigslist CAPTCHA favorite).
I also have Otter customized. Its OK.
 

nickednamed

Active Member

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Browsers in ports:
www/otter-browser
www/vimb
/www/qutebrowser
www/falkon

Lightweight browsers:
www/midori
www/surf-browser
www/netsurf
www/links
www/dillo

Browsers not in ports, but would be nice:
Seamonkey - https://www.seamonkey-project.org/
Palemoon - http://www.palemoon.org/
Basilisk - https://basilisk-browser.org/
Nyxt - https://nyxt.atlas.engineer/
Tor Browser -
Brave - https://www.brave.com/
Dissenter - https://dissenter.com/
Iridium - https://iridiumbrowser.de/
Wyeb - https://wyeb.org/
Dooble - https://textbrowser.github.io/dooble/ - Says it is available for FreeBSD, but can't find it in ports.
 

Elazar

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qutebrowser is fully functional.

It takes 5-10 minutes to learn the keyboard shortcuts. I use it for everything (twitch, youtube, forums). It doesn't support google-safebrowsing (which is good imho). It is written in python, but the speed and memory footprint are still fine.
 

Zagzigger

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I hope we can see Dissenter sooner rather than later. It's based on Chromium / Brave, and the bigger idea is that it is not going to indulge in spooky censorship.
And I'm one of those people who does not like being told what I can view, read, post etc. It is available as a deb or rpm at the moment and is growing fast.
 
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vigole

Aspiring Daemon

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I can't recommend anything, but I can share my workflow. I try to explain my reason for such arrangement, but it may sounds very personal:

I. Browser #1:

Type:
Chromium-base web-browser, preferably Chromium!

Usage:
1. Sign-in/regular sites: (FreeBSD, Outlook, LBRY, GitHub, etc).
2. Skype, Team, Telegram, mastodon, etc
3. Dev/BSD-related master bookmarks: forums|reviews.freebsd.org, man.openbsd.org, etc

Reason:
1. Some of them doesn't work on Firefox (Skype).
2. I want to use only one browser for Sign-in in different websites.
3. Many of activities on my bookmarks are interrelated (outlook -> skype -> etc).

Notes:
1. Optimal uBlock Origin settings.
2. I don't save passwords, forms, etc.

I'm not using it for:
1. Bank, biz, gov, registrar, and other important accounts
2. Searching the web!
3. Visiting alt/misc website (outside of bookmarks).


II. Browser #2:

Type:
Chromium-base web-browser, preferably Chromium on FreeBSD and Chrome on Windows.
Usage:
1. factory default setting for testing website/webapp projects.
Reason:
1. If you want to test a website/app you have to check it on Chromium-base browser.

III. Browser #3:

Type:
Firefox Profile.
Usage:
1. factory default setting for testing website/webapp projects.
Reason:
1. If you want to test a website/app you also have to check it on Firefox!

IV. Browser #4/#5/etc:

Then I have different Firefox Profiles for
I. Different purposes,
II. with different security policies,
III. and different uBlock Origin setting.

Profile 1: Banking, account, etc with restricted policy.
Profile 2: General browser for STFW (hard policy for uBlock).
Profile 3: Lockdown profile (script, font, etc) for suspicious sites.
Profile 4: Web developing profile for localhost (whitelisting localhost).
Profile n: One profile per website/app project: projects which I maintain (whitelisting and/or optimal script restriction for remote site).

V. Conclusion:
I use both Firefox and Chromium with multiple profiles.


I hope we can see Dissenter sooner rather than later. It's based on Chromium / Brave, and the bigger idea is that it is not going to indulge in spooky censorship.
What does censorship reveal? It reveals fear. -- Julian Assange
 

drhowarddrfine

Son of Beastie

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I've been a web developer for 17 years. I use Chromium all the time. I use Firefox for certain other things but feel guilty I don't use it all the time. With certain tests I also use Safari and Edge. For troublesome paywalls I use lynx or links. I have zero interest in anything else and don't see the need.
 
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