One of the things that keeps people from making the jump to Linux is the perceived scarcity of powerful fast browsers. Netscape has, for the most part, fallen into ill-favor with many users. Mozilla is perceived as not yet ready for prime time. You can pretty safely bet that there will never be a Linux port of Internet Explorer. A few weeks ago, I mentioned Opera as a chosen browser, for which the big drawback is that the freeware version is ad supported – banners take up an unseemly amount of space at the top of the browser. Where does all that leave a power surfer like myself?
I think I’ve found my semi-permanent (never say permanent!) Linux browser in Galeon. Galeon is fast – faster, in fact, than Opera, which I found great for page rendering. Based on Gecko, the Mozilla rendering engine, Galeon has pushed the full potential of Mozilla into a clean, 100% standards-compliant and very friendly package.
Galeon has every feature you could need for browsing, yet maintains a relatively low profile on your system. A fully editable bookmark manager makes retaining sites a snap. The preferences section allows you to change every element of browsing, look and feel, helper handling, rendering, etc. A full HTML help browser is included with the package. Out of the box, Galeon also includes such nice touches as a Google search, an RPMFind search and a dictionary search, all in a convenient toolbar at the top of the main window. These can also be configured. I was able to create a Freshmeat search component with ease.
Galeon requires Mozilla and Gnome, both of which are included in most current distributions.