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WebReview.com: Web Browsers on the Linux Desktop

Jul 28, 2000, 11:17 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rod Roark)

"While Linux itself was born on the Internet, Web browsers for this increasingly important operating system have lagged behind their MS Windows cousins. Perhaps this is because the Web's most popular tools have mostly been driven and developed by commercial interests, whereas Linux and its Open Source applications have not. Another factor may be that Linux users have historically embraced text commands and scripting, and nothing we've really needed to do required a GUI desktop."

"Even with such limitations, the popularity of Linux has been growing exponentially. The Linux Counter Project estimates some fourteen million Linux users today. Slashdot, a popular Web hangout for Linux fanatics, claims to serve thirty million pages per month. The Apache Web server, compatible with many operating systems but commonly used with Linux, was recently reported by Netcraft to have passed the ten million users mark, now having roughly three times the market share of its nearest competitor, Microsoft IIS."

"...Linux browsers have been featured earlier this year in Web Review (see sidebar). What I'll do here is provide updated summaries, and speculate a bit about where these projects are headed and which ones you should keep on your radar screen."

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