Light-weight web browsers
There plenty of light and fast web browsers to choose from if the sites you intend to visit work with them.. such as midori, seamonkey, and...
- surf - from http://surf.suckless.org/
- uzbl.... see my uzbl page - uzbl could almost replace my need for chromium... but it takes days to configure it and there's not much info around, and actually I can't get as much usability out of it, which kind of goes against the name.
- elinks, links2, lynx - CLI browsers, run links2 with the switch -g to allow graphics on page.
- jumanji (from http://pwmt.org/... wiki.archlinux.org/) - like uzbl but with tabs built in by design - need to install libunique-dev and also girara - but arch wiki says its not continued
there's a useful list here at Arch wiki Web_browsers
mem usages: surf 140mb... dillo 12mb... elinks 12mb... luakit 79mb... dwb 53mb... uzbl 55mb
Download the latest .deb file from midori-browser.org
A light-weight web browser. You need to enable the userscripts plugin in Preferences, then just find and install what you need (though i couldn't get youtube downloader working)
To get flash working, run
and then the heavy-weights, which eat up some ram (typically 900mb+)...
Adobe Flash Player is no longer being updated for Linux, so there's a solution for all flash content:
Google are continuing flash media support for Linux with their Pepper Flash Player for Chrome, install and it runs a download of chrome (45mb) with the flash player :(
for wheezy you need to get it from wheezy-backports
Solution for Youtube only:
looks like with youtube, html5 is coming standard?
if its not for you then you can try requesting html5 from youtube
a simple plugin allows the browser to play any web movie that VLC is capable of playing
An alternative to Chrome/chromium, from srware
which is built on the same engine, but without all the tracking that might go on.
It will run just like Chromium if you already set that up, with the same extensions.
built on the same blink engine chrome and opera use, built by ex-Opera developers and community (disgruntled with Opera's change in direction since v12)
download the .deb archive from vivaldi.com/download/
or add to sources with the line,
and install the package vivaldi-stable
- a lot of control given for appearance
- stacking/tiling of tabs
- can set default web search engine and add others
- web pages can be added to the side panel
- can write notes and make folders
- history can choose sort by date, page address or title, views
- compatible with most chrome extensions ()
I think it is top of the pack
(If you don't have chromium installed, some video sites may not play e.g Vimeo - get the lib from a Ubuntu package, see here
(from Russia with love) browser.yandex.com/
also built on the chrome engine and can install chrome extensions - some are ready to be enabled in Extensions.
has turbo browsing, and can integrate to yandex mail, yandex disk and other yandex apps (sign up for free and get 10Gb)
more minimalistic (there's no side bar or notes) but it still eats up RAM!
how to theme??
- back to top button (in options uncheck "enable animation") or scroll to top, copy tab url
- scriptsafe (click on green icon to see what sources are blocked then allow/trust those you need to work, or else distrust anything that's not wanted)
- hola (alters your IP address)
- change colors - allows custom colours for any wb page, background, text links, can be set to any web address domain or global (chromium does not allow CSS anymore)
- youtube downloaders: http://en.savefrom.net http://youtubedownloader (drag and drop the download from download-bar or file manager onto the extension page - but sometimes it becomes disabled)
- tab suspender
- Data Compression Proxy - uses Google servers to compress web content
- too many tabs, tab scissors, full-screen google maps, quick bookmarks, recently closed tabs, vertical tabs, session manager, clickboard
- stylish - add styles from the user styles and apply them to web pages
! Warning, extensions each eat up some RAM, like between 13-20mb each (press Shift-Escape to see all chromium processes including opened tabs).
user scripts rather than extensions can help. http://userscripts.org/scripts....
First install the extension "TamperMonkey" and then to install a user script, click install on the user script page (the script will not show on extensions page, but in Tampermonkey).
- multi column view of Google search 10299
- simple form saver 66442
- docs online viewer 127774
download youtube videos 25105 not working
- viewtube 87011 -watch media with html5 and download, has buttons for default video definition and format
Stop the white background flash just before a page loads (no need in vivaldi)
see this answer http://stackoverflow.com/
copy into two files in a dir and open chrome://extensions/ - check the "Developer mode" at top right of the page, and add the folder you saved the files in
I changed "black" to "gray" - works?
(formerly iceweasel) from gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/
- depends on pulse audio.. arggh
both are compatible with firefox addons (my basic choice being: scroll to top, noscript, 1-click youtube, tab suspender, enhancer for youtube, copy tab url, download manager s3)
Opera Beta 48 for Linux http://www.opera.com/computer/beta
-lacks skinning, has turbo
option hidden at bottom of Settings page
-get the addon called Control freak and in the CSS tab paste your css styles, for ALL
for me, Opera pales in comparison to the abilities of vivaldi
-the open source standard for encrypting files and emails.
Both "Pretty Good Privacy" (PGP) and GnuPG implement OpenGPG. The latter is a command-line program for Linux, and there is a simple gui front-end to it, called GNU Privacy Assistant (debian gpa
package). PGP works through the plugins for thunderbird or evolution email clients (see ubuntu help link).
A lot of useless keys appear in the gpa window.
solve this by either starting the program: gpa --disable-x509
or rename the file "com-certs.pem
" and remove the .kbx
files in ~/.gnupg and then restart gpa
Handheld Garmin devices
With (old) devices that download the data through gpsbabel, you need to add your user to the plugdev group if not already added:
plus, add your user to the dialout
group -as with my 60csx (firmware 4.0) it was picked up on /dev/ttyUSB0, which belongs to the dialout group
An excellent app for collating, sorting and editing GPS data. Its simple and (quite) stable. Files are saved as .vik and are only usable in Viking, and so data needs exporting to gpx format for sharing with any one else or with GIS map-making software. Exporting can be done by individual layer or all layers in one go.
Get the latest Viking from here http://sourceforge.net/projects/viking/files/
get build dependencies
note that libmapnik pulls in a large amount of packages and it can be left out.
unpack viking and run:
or sudo checkinstall to make a deb package
the --disable-mapnik flag is necessary in order to build without libmapnik installed
See my GIS page
for more details!
To get the latest version, add the qgis repo..
(see the Qgis Debian install page here https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/alldownloads.html#debian-ubuntu
Note: running testing you will need the "buster" repo.
This may not be recommended if running Devuan.??
Also, if you run a dist-upgrade
at any time, its most likely that Qgis will be removed in the process, so you will need to reinstall qgis with the above apt-get command again.
After upgrading to devuan ascii (testing) I couldn't reinstall qgis (which was removed in the upgrade) because libqt5 was screaming for qtbase-abi-5-11-2, which was not available anywhere. The only solution was to make a dummy qtbase-abi-5-11-2 debian archive and install it with dpkg. To do that,
- first install the package 'equivs'
- Then create a file
- and fill it with
- then run
- and install the package, before installing qgis again
or download latest from https://sourceforge.net/
Download the newest sword engine from http://crosswire.org/
unpack and install with
(read INSTALL file)
if success then unpack xiphos and cd there, install with
LXDE fast install Configure Debian