Midori – A Lightweight Web Browser

May 25, 2010 by
Filed under: linux, review, Ubuntu 

If you've been looking for a nice WebKit based web browser for Linux, Midori is a browser worth checking out. Although it's still in early stages of development (the current version is 0.2.5,) it provides a fairly complete set of features for a web browser.

Some of the more advanced features include user scripts and user styles. User scripts are similar to Greasemonkey scripts in Firefox. 

A couple of reasons to try Midori are speed and standards compliance. Midori is one of the few browsers available that passes the Acid3 test for web standards.

Midori Acid3 Test

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When it comes to performance, Midori also does well in Google's V8 benchmark.

V8 Benchmark Suite - Midori

While those numbers may not look all that impressive, realize that the test was done on my netbook. Here's a screenshot of the Firefox 3.6.3 results for comparison.

V8 Benchmark Suite - Mozilla Firefox

Midori also has 14 extensions that are installed by default that can be activated through the side panel.

If you're looking for a speedy browser that is light on system resources, Midori may fit the bill  for you. Give it a try. You can install Midori from the Ubuntu repositories with

sudo apt-get install midori

or you can install the latest version from the project's git repository.

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