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A lot of people are stuck in a rut, a complete web browsing rut. You use the same browser over and over again in the same old ways. It is a shame if you are one of those people. You are only cheating yourself out of the rich variety that the web has to offer you. It's time to explore the many other browser flavors out there. This article will give you a taste.

  1. The Advantages of Obscure Open Source Browsers
  2. Firefox
  3. Other Open Source Web Browser Options
  4. More Open Source Browsers
By: Katie Gatto
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July 09, 2009

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K-Meleon  is a browser that runs on Windows, but still makes serious use of Mozilla's gecko engine. This browser is designed to take up a minimum amount of file space, which is really good news if you happen to be running an older system or you're just strapped for memory space.

Like Galleon, it is not designed with a lot of bells and whistles, but if you're just looking for a basic web browser, this is the tool that will get the job done.


Camino is a browser that is very similar to Firefox. It is only available for Macintosh computers, and uses the same gecko rendering engine as Firefox.

The difference between Firefox and Camino is that Camino has a tighter integration with the Macintosh environment. If the program is closer to native than Firefox, some Macintosh users prefer it, though not all. If you run a Mac, however, it might be worth giving Camino a try.


Chromium as a web browser began as a Google project. It's based on the engine known as Web Kit. Chromium is more than a simple web browser. One of its main functions is to assist in the delivery of web-based applications, which is very good news if you happen to be a fan of Google documents, or any other web-based programs.

Chromium is relatively new in the Web browser market, having only been released in late 2008, but is already gaining a loyal following. This is most likely because it is still being supported by Google, who based the relatively new Chrome browser on the chromium technology. Chromium is extremely stable, and aims to have a high level of security for users' data.

By now you probably have at least one browser in mind that you want to try. If not, don't stop here. The world is full of specialty and open source browsers that are designed to cater to user groups of all kinds. It might take a little bit of time to find, but with the help of a trusty search engine you should be able to find what you want.

Enjoy your browsing experience. Don't be afraid to give something new and different a try; you never know when one of these less-than-mainstream browsers might steal your heart away. We won't tell on you to Internet Explorer.

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