Ask HN: Is there a web browser, that's just a browser?

5 points by websap 12 days ago

Edge, Firefox, Brave and Chrome are now trying to become more than web browsers. They are trying to control the user experience by pushing ads, services, and their own agenda for how the web should be. Brave tries to do some odd crypto rubbish that I couldn't care about less.

I've now switched over to Safari, with content blockers, my password manager and 1 Blocker to block ads.

It seems like Apple is the only company that somewhat cares about user privacy, every other company would trade their users' data in for a quick buck.

Any other open source browsers that are just browsers?

mgreg 12 days ago

A few but a search would no doubt turn up more:

Arc - Perhaps not open source?

Orion - Mac only (built on webkit)

Vivaldi - Chromium based

Opera - Chromium based

Ungoogled Chromium

  • the-printer 12 days ago

    I was intrigued by Arc, until I tried it, and then the steady flow of spam emails started coming in. Now I’m horrified by it.

  • websap 12 days ago

    I'll take a look at Ungoogled Chromium , but the others seem sketchy.

the-printer 12 days ago

I’m thinking about giving Orion another try after discovering focus mode and realizing my liking for vertical tabs (Safari’s compact mode isn’t great for multiple tabs).

There’s also OmniWeb, which apparently isn’t actively developed, but still receives test builds

Pale Moon is back on MacOS

You can try Qutebrowser

Or why not go totally bleeding edge and run the Servo test builds

freediver 12 days ago

Why does it need to be Open source? The one you settled with (Safari) and seem to like the most is the only one that isn't of all the others you tried.

  • websap 12 days ago

    I prefer having a community auditing the security and safety practices. Its unfortunate but, Safari is the only web browser that isn't trying to capture all data.

zestprod 12 days ago

I'd suggest surf[1]. It is as barebones as it gets and is extremely customizable.

I use it when I need a browser that I could focus while using.

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artician 12 days ago

I second Ungoogled Chromium. It's the only browser that I've found which does not phone home. Also very light. Still works with Google services when you need it.

brucethemoose2 12 days ago

Bromite on Android.

Thorium on desktop, definitely the best and fastest Chromium derivative.

Cachy Browser is good if you are on an Arch based linux distro.

hayst4ck 12 days ago

I think the same way as you, but opted for Firefox. uBlock Origin is the piece of software I consider most important on my computer and firefox seems like they are happy to support it.

There are a lot of "bespoke" options here, but if you want privacy for your mom, it's going to have to come from a mainstream source. Economies of scale is an important consideration.

I think it's worth considering that you're gonna have a hard time supporting 20 million+ lines of code without the overbearance of capitalist corruption.

ncke 12 days ago

If you're looking for lo-fi, try Lynx.

KomoD 10 days ago

Ungoogled Chromium