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Epiphany also has – to the surprise of many – browser add-ons available to further extend its usefulness for those who enjoy its browsing experience. And while the add-on list is rather short, there are some old favorites available, such as GreaseMonkey and a decent little RSS reader.

Epiphany's best features include:

-Its integration with the GNOME desktop

-Its speed at loading most web pages

-It's open source

-It’s no-frills approach to development


Lnyx is described by some as a dated web browser and not of value any longer, but I disagree. I see Lynx as an asset to those willing to explore its abilities.

Being able to browse the Web without all the distractions that we take for granted can be very eye opening. Looking for a better means of how a search engine sees a website? Lynx is the ultimate tool to give you this experience.

Having used Lynx in the past, I’m amazed at how different the experience can be as it provides you all the content without the annoying distractions. This isn't to say that Lynx is on the same playing field as the other browsers, rather that it provides a fun alternative. Lynx is definitely worth checking out to see how your favorite websites look without the extras.

Lynx's best features include:

-Clear control over content you're viewing without distraction

-Fantastic contrast unaltered by difficult-to-navigate themes

-Freedom to ignore your mouse and rely on keyboard navigation instead

Best browser for the home user?

Looking at everything above, which browser provides the home user with the best experience? I am inclined to lean toward a Chrome/Iron experience myself. It's simply a big win for me: it's fast, doesn't present a lot of browser bloat and allows me to work well on small screens.

I've also found that when working with dual-monitors, it's the best browser for separating tabs easily without a lot of bouncing around after tab separation.

Best browser for use in the enterprise?

If you happen to be using a KDE desktop, I immediately fall back to Konqueror. It's stable, trusted and provides the enterprise user with immediate access to a wide selection of great protocol support in addition to being able to open practically any file type.

For enterprise users, I also believe this is a nice win for those who manage the IT departments as well. It’s open source and works well without fear of unneeded crashing. It's a natural choice.

Best browser for you?

How can you determine what the best browser would be for your needs? The answer to this: you must be willing to spend some significant time with the browsers outside of your comfort zone.

If you love Firefox, try Chrome/Iron. Do you find that Chrome provides you with what you need? Give Firefox 4 a serious second look.

Taking this approach in trying new things is all it takes to gain a foothold as you discover new software experiences. Who knows? The next browser you take for a test drive could end up becoming your new preferred web browsing application.

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