Lately I’ve been a bit dissatisfied with Firefox’s startup times and been drifting towards web browsers that use the Apple’s WebKit engine as it’s proven to be faster than most other engines (including the ‘Gecko’ of Firefox).
So I came up with this web browser called ‘Arora’. It has a very simple interface (a bit like Firefox), loads fast, runs on multiple operating systems (Mac OS X, Windows and GNU/Linux) but apart from all that the biggest drawback is that it’s last updated around 2010!.
So I wouldn’t highly recommend it for saving passwords for example. But it does let you browse the web with a hassle free minimal interface and I’m also impressed by its performance as well.
*. I loaded all the web pages I threw at it which is no surprise as it uses the WebKit as the rendering engine.
*. Supports Tabs navigation.
*. Has inbuilt ad-blocking addons.
*. Supports auto filling web forums, remember site passwords, etc.
*. Using the “Options” window, very similar to Firefox, we can change other settings such as: Fonts, home page URL, proxy settings, privacy settings, colors, enable/disable network cache, various tabs related settings etc with ease.
*. Book marking support.
*. Disable tool-bars and status bar for an even simpler UI.
*. A web page debugger that comes with WebKit actually.
*. Change “web search” engines… are just a few to mention.
If interested, you can install Arora in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.04 Natty Narwhal (might also work in 10.10 and other older versions) by simply typing the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install arora
I couldn’t copy and paste text from web pages in Arora so be aware of that. And as mentioned earlier, because it’s not an up-to-date browser I’d humbly advice you to not to use it for purposes other than browsing web sites that don’t make you enter passwords or any other risky stuff.
Even if you don’t do that, there still a risk of using it as viruses and other malware could get into your OS while browsing web sites.