A list of recommended lightweigt (and not-so-lightweight) browsers for Linux with some emphasis on privacy.
Some of these browsers will work on old hardware, but not all. Many browsers are no longer built for 32 bit systems. Notes on 32 bit availability below are last updated fall 2021.
(Links below are spelled out so that this page may be printed)
# sudo apt install links2
# sudo apt install w3m
# sudo apt install dillo
# sudo apt install netsurf-gtk
These will display modern souped-up JS heavy web sites. NOTE: Some/most will not work on 32 bit systems (older PCs). Also, these are not made as privacy oriented browsers.
# sudo aptitude -s install falkon
# sudo aptitude -s install epiphany-browser
# sudo aptitude -s install konqueror
All of the below have had some privacy and security modifications made, eg. precautions against tracking, fingerprinting, content-blocking filters etc.
Do not think of these as "privacy browsers", they are merely Firefoxes that have been changed in various ways. Some Google integration etc. may be left.
These are only for 64 bit Linux systems (32 bit may be available for Windows). Chromium is not lightweight, the following are not either.
Do not think of these as "privacy browsers", they are merely Chromiums that have been changed in various ways. Some Google integration etc. may be left.
(This browser is built on Firefox)
Below browsers are CAUTIONED AGAINST for privacy reasons (you may still have to put up with some of them for other reasons).
Here are some starting points for your own decision-making
* June 2021 a media story claimed DuckDuckGo to be planning on making a browser. However there is no official announcement or even mention on their official home page. The company does offer "Apps" for smartphones, and a browser extension, though.
This list has been broken out of the Linux after-install todo list (the useful list) in order to reduce the size of it. And then because it is a useful list in-and-by-itself.